I’ve been spending my time away from you watching, working and thinking. It’s not the news that I’m watching, but the people around me.
When the government shut down first happened there was a day or two of shocked disbelief followed by confused anger. Jokes about the shutdown became a steam release valve, letting off some of the pressure that has been building.
As the weeks have gone on, the jokes have given way to just anger. Our leaders take days off to think about the situation while some of use are wondering if we will be able to pay rent, or, with the recent food stamp fiascoes all over the news… even eat.
Personally, I’m having a hard time doing much but working and watching. I have heard all sorts of theories about what will happen when… if… the government defaults on it’s debts. I’ve been told to pull all our ready cash out of the bank and hold on to it, something, if I understand correctly, caused a run on the banks and was a factor in creating the Great Depression. I know this, but I am still doing it.
Personally, I don’t think it matters if the debt ceiling is raised or not. Personally, I feel like our leaders and system are too dysfunctional to be a cohesive unit. I heard a news program tell me that people have lost their faith in the government, according to polls. I could have told them that. Just look at some of the stories…
- American veterans tossing aside metal barricades from around the monuments.
- Crowds looting Walmart when their food stamp card worked too well.
- Damage sets in as default draws nigh.
- Starting slow, going downhill fast.
- A mom got shot by Capitol guards in front of her daughter
So, for now, I’m having a difficult time going on with business as usual. I’m pausing, watching and trying to be prepared. Lately, as our government seems more interested in dividing us and name calling rather than finding solutions… trying to be prepared is fast becoming “business as usual.”