Thursday, February 12, 2009
Money changes almost everything.
Do you get it? Which parts are "spending" bits, which parts are "job generating" bits, which parts are "pork"? One thing for sure is that everyone I know is talking about the Stimulus Package. Everyone has an opinion, and of course everyone is an expert. Almost everyone. I'll admit I'm no expert, but that would never stop me from forming an opinion. Everything I read about the package makes sense to me in terms of rebuilding our country. I'm for it and I trust our president completely.
What's more interesting to me than the particulars is the fact that Americans are thinking about the economy, trying to understand what's going on. Five years ago I doubt seriously that one in one hundred American citizens were focused on the structure of our economy. But right now, right here in February 2009? I don't know anyone who isn't focused on it. We are waking up!
It's so much money that I can't begin to imagine what the numbers mean. My roommate told me last night that a trillion seconds ago was the year 2,000 B.C. Was that supposed to help me grasp how much money we're talking about? How can anyone figure out how much should go to this program and how much to that program? Aren't they just guessing? Who knows?
Meanwhile our spring-like weather continues. Along with the unexpected warmth, Brother Wind has been rushing around left and right, no doubt trying to balance the atmospheric pressure which is as out of whack as our economy. The tips of tree branches are beginning to swell, Jake is feeling as feisty as he can given his advanced age, and I, too, am feeling energetic. Spring isn't here, but it's coming.
No matter the state of the economy, the cycle of the seasons keeps turning. I love that.
Look at all these robins! They, and the squirrels, could give a rat's ass about the Stimulus Package.