Friday, March 27, 2009
Why so selfish?
I have to admit I'm getting pretty tired of the constant recession coverage. I know it's major news but I don't need to know every time another company lays off employees, nor do I wish to be updated daily on the unemployment rate. But the most annoying media coverage is the barrage of complaints from my fellow Americans. Everybody wants the government, be it state or federal, to fix this mess but nobody wants to give an inch. They want Barack Obama to fix it and fix it now, but don't raise our taxes and don't spend any money. Here in New York City the cries of outrage surround the MTA and their lack of funds. Everyone wants a bail out for the MTA as long as there are no cuts anywhere else. Healthcare? Nope can't touch it. Education? Don't even think about it. Add tolls to bridges? Tax soda and beer? Pay cuts? No, no, and no. It's enough to make me scream. If we want to see the economy turn around then we have to make some sacrifices, whether it be more taxes, a fare hike, or the federal government spending billions. The economy is not going to recover by letting the money sit still, it has to move. And if Bill the Plumber, Ron Six-Pack or any other stereotype of an American wants to see the economy perk up maybe they should try helping out. Go out and spend a little. Buy some new summer clothes, a new toaster oven, go out and have a nice dinner. Consumer spending is what supports our economy.
And while I'm on the topic of spending, let's all lay off Obama for a bit, shall we? The man has been in office for just over two months and he's supposed to have miraculously fixed all the damage done over the past eight years? I don't think so. Give some of his plans a chance to work, things are not going to go back to normal overnight. But as usual, Americans want instant gratification. Greed and entitlement have become a disease in this country. After we cure the economy we need to cure Americans.