Well, if anyone wants my opinion.... wait, what am I saying? I always give it anyway....
What we are seeing is a panic. Not at the grass roots level, but at the upper tiers of finance. This is not the Republicrats vs. the Demopublicans,
but rather the banks vs. the Fed vs. the industries vs. realtors vs.... you get the idea.
Everyone with power is lobbying and maneuvering in order to come out on top. They are doing this because they know what the American people (and
indeed, the people of the entire world) don't yet realize: it's over. The goose that laid the golden eggs is dead.
In a healthy economic system, the industries manufacture goods for the people to buy. The people can buy them due to the fact that they have
expendable income (income that is theirs to buy what they want with it). The more expendable income among the people, the more goods are bought, which
means more jobs to make those goods, which means more expendable income. Banks act like a buffer to smooth out short financial glitches, providing
money via credit in order to allow people to purchase easier and to purchase more expensive (and needed) things, like homes and cars.
It is the people who run the economy. Every time someone buys a gallon of milk from the grocery store, they are paying for the farmer to keep and care
for his cows, the machinery to milk them, the driver and truck to carry the milk to processing, the processing equipment, The processing building, the
guy who runs the equipment, the driver and truck that brings it to the store, the displays in the store, the store itself, the guy who stocks the
shelves, and the guy who runs the store. Every piece of equipment and every building mentioned above also has it's own similar chain of people and
equipment that the purchase of it provides for. Eventually, it comes down to just two things that form the basis of the entire economy: people
performing jobs and resources from land. Everything depends on these two commodities.
Notice I never mentioned government. That's because government is not necessary to a thriving economy. Government (and taxes) are a drain on any
economy, but due to greed and immoral business practices, it is a drain which needs to exist in some small way to regulate things.
What our (the US) government has done in the past decades, however, is to force itself to become a major player in the economy. Now we are seeing the
results of that. Efficiency is not rewarded by government, because it sits atop the economic system in order to regulate. Efficiency is driven from
the bottom; should a company make a better product at a better price, the resulting desire of the people who purchase will make that company more
Management is a type of 'private government' that regulates individual businesses. It too is a necessary drain, as there are too many workers who
will take advantage of their company. As such, management sits atop the economy of its individual company in order to regulate, and as such, should
management become too bloated, it will collapse its own company.
In other words, the people hold up everything else. As long as there are enough people with enough income (power) to support that which is above them,
everything runs fine. But as government begins to enter the picture more and more, things begin to shift away from this balancing act. Every person
who is supported by government instead of private industry is one more person who is not carrying their weight, placing a heavier load on those who
are carrying the economy. Also, government becomes bloated, demanding more and more from the people in the way of taxation. This increases the total
load, while at the same time leaving less people to support the load.
People have an innate tendency to try and keep up with the latest that their society has to offer. This helps a thriving economy, as it makes people
want to buy more and thereby keep the flow of power (money) moving. But when this jealousy turns to those who are being carried by the government,
their desires for equality place a heavier burden on everyone. This is socialism. The weight of a bloated government combined with a low number of
workers to support it places an extreme burden on those workers. Eventually, it will collapse.
We have been in such a collapsing system for at least a decade now. The collapse has been forestalled by government programs that siphon money back to
those who are desperately trying to carry the load of a bloated government. But every time things seem to stabilize, someone in the
business/management tier decides they can get more out of life by siphoning off a bit more power. More bloating at the top, followed by a readjustment
that further bloats the government and increases the load at the bottom, is the result.
Soon, very soon (it could happen this week, as a matter of fact), there will be a final collapse. The pressures of higher fuel prices, the massive
governmental beaurocracy, The subsequent rise of food prices, the disaster relief efforts, and far-reaching social programs have overloaded things.
The tower is beginning to shake. Just as a real tower shakes at the top in a wind storm, this shaking is being felt at the highest tiers, causing a
scramble for a better, safer position. And just as any tower with too great a load will collapse, so will this one, crushing the people under it in a
manner not unlike those poor souls buried under the Twin Towers in 2001.
Look up! The sky is not falling, but that tower above you is. I pray we do not endure this collapse of everything we have known while arguing about
the two headed snake of politics, but then again, the band on the Titanic played on while the ship sank... perhaps it is more human nature.