Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This Is Some Scary Crap

Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch - these were some of the financial giants. When I was PR manager for an area business school, we bragged about placing our MBA grads with Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. I wonder where they're placing grads now. Investment bank jobs were the holy grail before; now, grads probably feel lucky getting a job from Wal-Mart.

Now that I work for a bank, I find myself watching all this with horror. All these people losing jobs, gas prices going higher and higher, people who are one paycheck away from financial disaster - it scares the bejeezus out of me. I thought nothing could top the fear I felt after September 11, where everyone was a potential terrorist and impending doom loomed around every corner. This economic fear is even worse.

To rub salt in the wound, John McCain thinks the economy is strong! Sure, it's strong if you're married to a beer heiress and have 7 houses, but for people like me - a single woman with one income, student loans, car loans and rent that's not getting cheaper, it SUCKS.

Here's what he said:

You know that there's been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street. And it is, it's - people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong but these are very, very difficult times. And I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street. We will reform government."

He's had 26 years to reform the government. Why hasn't he done it yet? He sat around while all these decisions were being made. Heck, he stuck with Bush 90% of the time -on some of Bush's crappiest policies. Instead of talking about how he's going to fix the economy, he talks about lipstick and Tina Fey being sexist and Barack Obama teaching sex ed to kindergartners when he was really trying to protect them from sexual predators.

It's crap and I'm sick of it. Talk about the real issues - so people can actually make a choice instead of being distracted by all these lies and exaggerations.

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