Less Geithner and more Susan Boyle

Amazing how fickle the American public can be, the nation that can cast more votes for a hip Indian American teen with numerous hair dos, than it does for a President facing unpredecented budget deficit and unemployment.

Why the fascination with pop culture and the complete disdain for our financial and economic leaders?

First, most American’s are resigned the state and federal government is owned and bought by lobbyists, Chinese manufacturers, the Saudi oil money, labor unions, corrupt Wall Street investments banks, Indian Casinos and the like.

Second, with oppressive news of corporate greed, there is never an end on how Wall Street greedsters will ask for government bailout and use funds for extravagant excesses in the face of Joe the Plumber and the working stiffs who work 70-80 hours a week without taking their hard earned vacation time who subsidize these reckless and irresponsible lifestyles of the rich and federally subsidized because too big to fail (meaning they give to much to corrupt politicos in campaign finance to be allowed to fail.)

Third, as our 401k dreams, our kids hard earned college fund went into flames, we still want to hold on to our dreams. If a 47 unemployed singer who took two years to take care of her ailing mother, can dream, why can’t we dream?

Dreams, or beliefs is the most powerful opiate in the world. It can make reasonable men, into suicidal martyrs, it can turn a nation of social networkers, whose voice will be heard (the trillion calls, faxes, emailes and text messages on the original financial bailout “no” vote into a single voice of unity, we believe in the dream. We believe in the opportunity for the people who matter, who just need that one break. We believe in reality tv, not because it is real, but because it reflects the challenges and hardships we overcome everyday. We all had dreams to be special and every day, someone told us to be reasonable, told us to settle, told us the cold reality that we could not make a living doing what we enjoy the most, to settle for praticial occupations and put all our savings and money in real estate or our magic retirement/college saving account and found out the same people who created this financial mess got guaranteed bonuses for underperformance guaranteed by our so called stewards of Banking in DC, while we do without car repairs, buying in bulk to save money, pay outrageous bank fees, and sometimes postponing necessary medical procedures because we can’t afford them now.

We have all suffered from this economic downturn. We have had friends and family lose jobs, we have had to make tough financial sacrifice, watch our savings evaporate, watch as our taxes increase and our schools cut teaching positions, and see how we get nickle and dimed by our credit card companies. We have to do more work as companies are forced to do more with less and a federal government that lives in the bubble, the print more money and business as usual bubble.

Deep down, we know that our dreams are more important than any government bail out or Wall Street initiative. When we look in the mirror and decide, just like Susan Boyle, today is the day, I make will a difference, I will matter, I will take a chance and become a professional singer and follow my dream … anything is possible, and in America everything is always possible.


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