Thursday, September 18, 2008

California Dreaming

Last night I had a dream that I was watching television coverage on election night and Barack Obama had won the Presidency. I don’t know how much stock I place in dreams like this, but we’ll check back on this post on November 5th and appraise my powers of prophecy.

Of course, what’s most likely to make my dream become a reality is the nightmare of our economy. The current crisis has exposed McCain and Palin for the lobotomized “Government Bad, Free Market Good” know-nothings that they are, with no plan, no good ideas, just stupid-ass catch-phrases that contradict what they said ten minutes earlier. This quote from McCain’s campaign really just says it all (and Obama and Biden should hammer him with it):
As recently as Tuesday, the campaign's senior policy advisor flatly rejected any detailed plan to deal with the mounting crisis. "The senator is not running to be Treasury secretary. He's not running to be head of the SEC. He is running to be the leader of the United States. He can and has the judgment to put people in place with the technical expertise," Douglas Holtz-Eakin told reporters.

I do think the economy will put Obama and Biden in the White House. However, I do not envy them the situation they will be surveying on their first day in office: a financial system in meltdown, a possible exhaustion of FDIC reserves, never-ending wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, continuing instability in Pakistan, a resurgent Russia, increasingly severe storms devastating our coasts, health care costs spiraling into the sky, the highest unemployment rates in five years, and on and on.

Anyhow, I told you all not to worry too much, at least not about Obama’s chances. We’ll need to do the real worrying for him after he wins.

[As a closing thought, it occurs to me that “Powers of Prophecy” would have been a very good name for an early 90’s, pre-Wu Tang Clan hip hop group.]

And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Youngest Brother Octopus. It's his 21st. All things in moderation. Especially tonight!

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