George Bush has fixed our ailing economy!

September 20, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More

Thanks, President Bush, for taking care of the problem!  Now all let’s get back to our wasteful, ignorant, self-indulgent American lives!  Let’s add another new big screen TV to the credit card!

What else is a reader of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch supposed to think when scanning this headline: “Stock market smiles, thanks to bailout.   Administration unveils plan to rescue tottering financial institutions.” No mention that the U.S. dollar is going to become the first and only world currency backed by rickety subprime mortgages.

I’m not making up the headline.  take a look for yourself:

Many economists, of course, have a different point of view.  Many have wondered out loud whether this is the end of the United States of America, as we have known and loved it.   For instance, consider the following somber discussion:  Bill Moyers’ interview of  Gretchen Morgenson (assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at the NEW YORK TIMES) and Floyd Norris (the chief financial correspondent of THE NEW YORK TIME).   This interview is not for the faint of heart.

Also, consider watching Moyers’ interview of Kevin Phillips.   Phillips, a former Nixon White House strategist and economic critic, is author of a new book, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.  Here are a few excerpts from Phillips book, written well before the recent bursting of the bubble:

This is the denouement of the 25-year debt buildup which was undertaken mostly by the financial sector putting themselves on steroids to– get bigger and bigger and bigger. And we’ve finally gotten to the point where the bubble isn’t sustainable anymore but a lot of Wall Street is dedicated to minimizing the spattering of the bubble, so to speak . . .

But we’ve seen the central component of the rise of the financial sector is the rise of the debt industry. Mortgage, credit cards, all these gimmicks that Wall Street sells– just all kinds of products. And, of course, the products are laying an egg all over the world right now.

Phillips caught my eye previously when he proclaimed that the U.S. government has been cooking the books on the American economy for a long time.

As I’ve stated before, I think that the kind of “journalism” that produces headlines like the PD’s proclamation that the economy has been “bailed out” is worse than useless.  It causes people (more than 70% of whom get most of their news from local newspapers and local TV newscasts) to think that they are educated enough to make important election decisions when they don’t have a clue.  Headlines like this one in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (once a proud and reputable newspaper) remind me that we in St. Louis would be better off without any local newspaper at all.

Epilogue:  Notice the “Millionaire Money” contest promotion in the PD headline.  Talk about tactless, at a time of national emergency . . .


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    I don't claim to know much about economics, but I too have some common sense. That is why I agree with Nicole Belle, who is also not an economist but who also claims to have some common sense.

  2. grumpypilgrim says:

    I keep thinking about all the hysteria in America following the 9/11 attack. Back then, I scoffed at all the people who irrationally feared that the attack would destroy America's way of life. Now, after seeing the many ways in which the Bush Administration has over-reacted to the attack, and the crippling impact his over-reactions have had on America's way of life, I see that I should not have scoffed. Although I was correct in concluding that the attack itself was not a existential event, I grossly underestimated America's incompetence in responding to the attack. Now I realize that terrorists are not America's biggest enemy; stupid people are.

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