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In light of the earthquake yesterday that was felt by so many on the East Coast, it begs the question: Do you know what to do during an earthquake? Check out these guidlines from FEMA.gov
FEMA: What to Do During an Earthquake Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
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I had hoped the world would not end on my watch. I take these things personally. Last week was bad. As Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook’s character in Wall Street, directed by Oliver Stone) said, “It’s so bad even the liars are losing money”. Counterparty risk everywhere. Companies have ‘low visibility’, no visibility. They are reluctant to hire, people are reluctant to spend. Weaned from quantitative easing measures, the training wheels were removed. We are wobbling about hoping Dad will catch the bike before we fall, and get hurt. Maybe even bleed. We are all feeling like Jack Bauer (24). Nonstop action. It never ends, no time to eat or sleep. Only time to worry.
The ongoing theater in Europe is turning more tragic with each act. This reminds me of several siblings owning a beach house, and when one begins carrying more than their share, relationships deteriorate. Germany and France are repeatedly being asked to bailout the heretofore reckless children (the Piggs). An opposite acronym. Here, GDP first 6 months dipped below 2%. Earnings have been strong, outlook is uncertain. S&P downgrades US rating from top AAA to AA+. We were demoted for the first time since we earned AAA status in 1917! Instead of reaching across the aisle, members of Congress are pointing fingers of blame across this aforementioned (over-mentioned) aisle. Shameful.
The Budget Capital Act of 2011 kicks ‘tough choices’ down the road, and does nothing to spur growth. Mohamed El-Erian (Pimco CEO, and someone I respect and enjoy), grades the deal “somewhere between an incomplete and a fail”. And they go on RECESS?!
Our fractious political system is polarized, counterproductive, petty. If you lower taxes (and do not cut loopholes), and do not trim expenses, you can only make up the difference by borrowing. At the state level there are embarrassingly weak accounting standards employed, resorting to ‘budgetary magic’. When public sector employees ‘demand’ pay raises, politicians grant modest step-ups, while concomitantly granting ever larger pension and retirement health care benefit ‘Entitlements’. This way the numbers don’t look that bad until years later after the politician retires. Well ‘years later’ is now. When W. took office, he was handed a surplus. The Bush tax cut expanded health care ‘bennies’, add two wars without tax increases, and we arrive at 5.8 Billion of debt. Obama inherits this debt. Enter the financial crisis with attendant recession, fed tax revenues collapse, more tax cuts, and QE 1 & 2, and Good God, $14.3 Trillion and growing. Man, the printing presses were smoking. Regardless of who, what, when and where, both parties had a careless piece of this. This is our problem.
This recent Congressional ‘dog and pony show’ is a graphic illustration of the government work ethic. Do the minimum, title it “We Did Our Best”, take all your holiday time, make sure you have good healthcare plan, and a guaranteed “I get mine even if everyone else gets slaughtered” pension and call this ‘work’. There is a notable difference between holding a job and working for a living. Maybe Congress pay should be commission based. Paid if and when they produce. The government work ethic is just plain lazy, resulting in a government that is fat and feeble. We need one that works. We need politicians that work. Please note, I readily admit to my own insignificance, yet I work seven days a week. I have people who are depending on me. Call me crazy, but I take that to heart.
I mentioned in my last blog that this was Congress’ opportunity to distinguish itself. Instead they squandered it. The have disgraced themselves. They did the minimum, by raising the debt ceiling, and continued in fashion to push ‘tough decisions’ down the road. This at the very brink of a menacing, foreboding, wealth destroying ‘Debt Crisis’! They did not, and do not have our backs in the trenches. Dismal, cowardly. Have I mentioned RECESS?!
This level of incompetence is heart-breaking. Spending cuts are back-end loaded discretionary cuts in the second half of the decade. What’s preventing future leaders from not honoring what they did not approve in the first place? Deferred spending cuts vaguely worded and specious? Note to Congress: Do we have the courage to live within our means? This is not about the ability to pay, it’s about the willingness to pay. Get in the ring, place everything on the table (I mean everything), and grow a philosophy of fiscal responsibility that defines us as fiercely intelligent, prudent caretakers of our integrity. D
emocracy is a messy process by its very nature. Last week’s Barron’s cover was a caricature of Obama, Boehner and McConnell bruised and bloodied. Let’s see some of this.
The Congressional effort on display at this moment of crisis is disrespectful. It is incomprehensible that those elected to guide, to lead, to counsel, instead embarrass themselves, and us. They placed our hard-earned, hard-fought credibility in doubt. We had the trust of the world financially, and they carelessly squandered it. THEN GO ON RECESS! This new level of incompetence is now infamous. We need to refine and simplify the tax code, cut loopholes, and slash feckless, wasteful government spending. We need strong leaders with a vision. Our sanity depends on a narrowness of this vision with the ability to select vital elements crucial to our survival.
Let’s end with another Lou Mannheim. “Man looks into the Abyss and there is nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character, and that’s what gets him out of the Abyss.”
What shakes us is not how weak we are, but how strong we can be.
Posted on August 11, 2011 by propertiesunltd
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