Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Remember This Day...

In the now immortal words of FDR, after that fateful day in 1941, "Today is a day that will live in infamy".

Remember this day, February 17, 2009.  Historians will trace our future problems back to this date.

This Recovery Act bill not only plunges all of us into a severe national debt that we may not recover from, but has in it social engineering and government control programs that we will not realize until two to five years from now of just how controlling these new programs and rules are on our daily lives.

All the talk of "alternative energy", yet not one word on aiding the individual to become energy self sufficient.  In fact, the "individual" is notably absent in this Recovery Act.  It is a direct bribe to businesses, state and local governments and vulnerable citizens to sacrifice the opportunity to succeed on their own and to abandon their uniqueness  and individuality.  I listened to the President's address before he signed the Recovery Act into law.  I heard everything concerned with huge public utilities, huge government, huge business, huge unions.  Nothing about how we can increase our stability and strength in individual achievement, innovation and investment.  It is all about the Federal Government calling the shots and everyone falling into line.

I now do fear what might happen come the anticipated April 15th.  I have heard many predictions concerning a crash on or about that date.  It is also clear now that 2009 is going to be a very rough financial year.  And that 2010 might see only the beginning of any true recovery.

We have far to fall as I am in the camp that believes our economy is not that bad but made to sound much worse than it is by our new President and the proponents of passing this bill.  It will also most likely come out that most of the proponents of this Recovery Act benefit in some manner with its passage - monetarily or with increased authority.  The coming storm will make the Clinton Impeachment and the Blagojevich scandal look like spring break misdemeanors.

Three-quarters of a trillion dollars is just asking for rampant corruption.

What's the answer?  Vote in two years.  Vote in four years.  Be careful who you choose, especially at your local levels.  But do not be afraid to vote for the unknown or a new candidate.  Do not let the temptation of senior representatives being good for your district cloud your reason to vote for a particular candidate.  This selfishness and the mindset that accompanies such thought is why we no longer trust our politicians or the Democratic or Republican parties and thus have created an industry of professional politicians, not representatives from our rank and file citizenry.

Beyond that, the answers are tough.  Save your money. Spend reasonably.  Prepare, prepare, prepare.  Prepare for an economic onslaught that none of us can imagine.  Prepare for the worst. Pray it never happens.  Pray for the best.

Believe in miracles.  Make those miracles happen YOURSELF!

Russ Wojtkiewicz

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