Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Familiar Feeling

I watched the vote in the House yesterday and I watched the stock market go from bad to worse, to a little better than worse, to awful. I don’t know about you, but I think my emotions were somewhat akin to those I felt on September 11, 2001.

Of course no one died, but the anxiety of not knowing what is coming next and not knowing how our lives may be about to change, left me with the same unease and the same feeling of being totally out of control of my life and my future. It was back then, and is yet again today, a time of insecurity for all of us. No one knows what will happen next and I doubt anyone thinks whatever happens will be good anytime soon.

November the 4th can’t come soon enough for me!


Blogger FranIAm said...

It is astounding, isn't it?

And the comparison to 9/11 is an apt one, PoP.

September 30, 2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

"the times they are a changin'"

September 30, 2008 3:39 AM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

I know the feeling, PoP. But the markets didn't get into this mess overnight, and I find it hard to believe they really can't wait until January when we get a new administration to get help.

And it is already well documented how much I trust the Bush administration to have our best interests at heart. If they said the sky was blue, I'd go outside just to check. It would probably be purple and I'd think to myself, "Hmmm, this can't be good."

September 30, 2008 4:27 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

We, as Americans, can send a serious message to our elected officials by choosing not to re-elect any official. Ya think they will get the message that we are sick and tired and not gonna take it anymore?

September 30, 2008 5:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Personally, I believe that Iraq, I mean, Iran is behind the failure of the bailout vote. Pelosi and Boehner met with Ahmadinejad in Prague back in August.

September 30, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

It is sure not pretty PoP and my fear is that we have just seen the beginning. Our parents and grandparents had two world wars and the great depression to temper their lives and we may be just about to have our tempering experience.
All of us need to examine how we live and how attached we are to "the grid" and figure out how we get back to the basics.
I am working hard every weekend and evenings in getting my old garden space cleared so that I can at least grow some food. I may be over reacting but I would prefer to be ready just in case.

September 30, 2008 6:07 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

You know, not that I want anything really bad to happen to us (after all, I'm close to retirement age myself) but I wonder sometimes whether the Depression and its effect on the older generation, was actually a good thing in its way. Our parents grew up with an understanding of real value that we Baby Boomers (and younger) never really understood because we generally have lived in a world where you can have whatever you want.

It may not be to our advantage right now that this is happening. But if you take a longer term view, it may be teaching America some lessons it needed to learn.

Fallenmonk has some good ideas.

September 30, 2008 6:44 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

all i can do is watch and hope right now.

but i can say this-

this is what comes on deregulation.

it sounded good as a theory but i all depended on human beings doing the right things.

that was foolish. especially when deregulation was being sold to us by some of the very same human beings that couldn't be depended upon to do the right things.

that's why we have laws and regulations, because human beings aren't always honest.

September 30, 2008 7:14 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Yup. Have to agree with Fallenmonk and Sherry that maybe the younger group needs to learn things. Of course, whether it works or not is a different matter.

September 30, 2008 8:47 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Well, on the positive side:
No one's paying attention to the OJ Simpson Trial Redux.

September 30, 2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I think this bailout should be done slowly and with purpose. I still recall as well how Bush lied and put our troops in Iraq instead of Afghanistan.

So I just hope the 535 member who has the task of making a decision on this bailout takes their time and come up with a real regulated plan to help Main Street first with their foreclosures, then help the buzzards that caused this disaster,

September 30, 2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

i cannot watch anymore.... even the commentators like scarborough are parodies of themselves now

October 01, 2008 2:17 AM  

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