Noteworthy this morning is the news that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, has decided not to seek re-election. Oh sure, another “top” Taliban commander has been captured, Secretary of State Clinton is having nasty words with the Iranians and Kim Jong Il is throwing himself a “king- size birthday party,” but the story about Evan Bayh of Indiana, is the one that grabbed my attention.Evan Bayh is a popular Democrat. A guy with a future, just the kind of politico the Dems need to keep around. He’s leaving, he says, because he’s fed up with the inability of the Senate to get beyond political bickering and do what’s best for the country. Not that the country’s in any trouble or anything.
For me the story about Evan Bayh is a red flag. Obama came in with a promise of hope. Evan Bayh’s voluntary departure is a sign that hope is rapidly running out.
Let’s take stock: First came the proclamation from Ralph Nader that “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us.” More recently, it was economist Paul Krugman who wrote that we’re “doomed.” And now Evan Bayh is turning in his parking pass to the millionaire’s club and going back to Indiana.
Here in California, we’re looking at a budget deficit of nearly $21 billion and our politically deadlocked state legislators can’t agree on whether it should be tuna or chicken salad for lunch. The City of Los Angeles, is facing a budget shortfall of $212 million with joblessness running at 15%. The unemployment rate in Michigan is near 15%. If you live in Tennessee, forget about sending the kids out looking for work. The unemployment rate for teens in the volunteer state is running around 29%.
When the unemployment insurance runs out people will start doing whatever is necessary to feed their families. What will the tipping point be? Are some already there?
A new USA Today/Gallup Poll indicates Americans are fed up with Washington. By a margin of 3 to 1 we feel the country is headed in the wrong direction. And still, according to the poll, we remain optimistic about the future.
“Even so, confidence that there will be better times ahead — and that the classic American dream endures — hasn’t been extinguished. It’s not even at its low ebb.” -USA Today
The government appears to be broken beyond repair but better times are just around the corner.
This is what happens when an entire country starts taking anti-depressants and stops reading newspapers. Just sprinkle a little fairy dust in the air and Tinker Bell will dance in to save us all.