Or, the national debt. The jobs. The immigration. The education. The etc., etc. As in truly weighty issues that require some serious thinking caps (vs. dunce caps) be donned AND not thrown in the air with relief and/or jubilation UNTIL these types of problems are solved. Or, at least, until some solutions are in sight and consumer confidence is restored. But, I guess we’ll just have to sit on the edges of our seats until “the show” resumes production. SIGH.
One can only hope that next season will be smarter,
with more focus on character development.
Can you tell I’m frustrated? This is my first post in about three months, because I’ve been on an odyssey of sorts. After traveling to an actual spot on the map (Russia), then to a very fuzzy state of mind (jet lag), I finally embarked on what I hoped would be a journey of enlightenment: to the business and political news world — on the Internet, in newspapers, on TV and radio. It was a little mind-blowing at first, because I wasn’t knowledgeable enough about those subjects. But, I wanted to write about the U.S. economy without sounding like a doofus, so I tuned in more and more to National Public Radio (vs. my gossip & entertainment station, MyTalk 107.1), and I chose to spend more time reading a healthy variety of in-depth news articles (vs. Facebooking and playing Words and Scramble w/Friends). Changing habits is not easy.
Basically, I found myself studying topics such as: the Federal Reserve’s policies; the history of America’s middle class and the growing gap between the rich and the poor; the unemployment numbers; and, the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act. (Note: By using the proper name for the national healthcare policy, I’m choosing to be respectful. For now.) Even tho’ I frequently felt like I was riding a roller coaster because I was seeing and hearing “recovering economy” and “sluggish economy” on the same page/in the same breath, I was beginning to accept this pattern as the new normal.
Unfortunately, I had failed to heed the mounting political threats (Blah dee blah dee blah … Am I right?), and there I was, suddenly engulfed in an imperfect storm — as in the government shutdown — which violently swirled all around me. (Note: This last shutdown — the first since 1996 — is the 18th since 1976. I kid you not! For those who think Obama has been under constant fire since taking office, how about a little love for Jimmy Carter … Five shutdowns during his ONE TERM in office! And, HIS OWN PARTY controlled BOTH the Senate AND the House the entire time! Jeesh, peanut farming must’a never looked better. But, enough about him. Back to me.)
Much like Dorothy Gale, I found myself in a Land of Nonsense.
Jackasses. Pacydinks. And, Brain-sucking Pundits.
Oh, crap. (It was ugly, I tell ya.)
Finger-pointing. Name calling. Cold shoulders. Backstabbing. Headlines promising even bigger drama than the previous hour. Don’t EVEN try to stay above it all and NOT get sucked up in the latest episode of D.C. 20004!
And in the end, the brouhaha over defending the “loser boyfriend” (let’s call him O.C., short for ObamaCare) turned out to be one BIG. FAT. JOKE. A lot of his friends are now dissing and abandoning the O.C. cuz — so far — he’s proven himself to be an even bigger loser than many people said. Technically speaking, he doesn’t work. AND, he doesn’t deliver on his promises. (Imagine lots of head shaking and hand wringing.) True to form, an intervention was staged, and there are plans for rehab. His friends have decided — for now — to keep him and try to change him. (Well, we all know how that goes … Don’t we, Ladies?) Guaranteed, some will be rooting for his sorry patootie, and some will want to kick him out the door for good. OMG! Will the drama never end?! Isn’t it time for a commercial break?!
Don’t worry about missing anything. Our infotainment friends — living large in the Fourth Estate — will beat the drums and sound the trumpets if our attention spans wane. Say for instance, we choose to turn away from their brand of “Reality TV” and focus on our own real worlds: Working our jobs or looking for work; paying the bills and/or saving for retirement; taking care of the kids and/or our parents; and — when we have the time and can afford to do it — helping out our neighbors and others who may need some support. You know what I mean … Doing the right things.
So, “Why don’t you tell us what you REALLY think?!”
OK, what I’d really like to say is that I think THEY’RE ALL A BUNCH OF POOPYHEADS!!! Yeah, you heard me right … POOPYHEADS! Democrats, Republicans AND “The Media”!!!
Oh my. I do feel better, but that was uncalled for … Right? Sorry. I don’t know what got into me. Maybe I drank too much “Infotainment XTRA-XTRA!” Kinda makes you wonder what they put in that stuff, doesn’t it?!
Seriously tho’, I know it’s not fair to lump them ALL together; I do believe many Democrats, Republicans and journalists are responsible types, trying their darndest to do the right thing. But, even Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Clarence Page warns against (too much) infotainment, which he says “shrinks the news.” Try “shrinking our brains.”
So, what I really, really think about this whole mess is that because the Democrats believed enough in the Affordable Care Act to push it through Congress more than two years ago, ALL of them should’ve been more responsible about overseeing it “from start to finish.” I have a couple of questions: Am I wrong in believing the U.S. has the greatest number of technological geniuses at its fingertips?! Why weren’t they enlisted for that part alone?! Yes. The Democrats SHOULD BE embarrassed and TRULY SORRY. Regarding the Republicans, if they don’t like something, they SHOULD STOP being the “Party of Critics & Obstructionists” and come up with their OWN PLAN! Hello!!! Try being a part of the solution and not the problem, why don’t cha?!
As for the President … He REALLY SHOULD’VE read all the fine print before selling it to the country. In fact, here’s a novel and refreshing idea: Have the kahunas to tell the truth! That a national health care plan — in order to cover 30 million or more uninsured people — is probably going to cost some of us (maybe a lot of us) more in premiums and deductibles. How could it not? The administrative expenses alone — part of the overhead — will be greater and passed along to payers. (By the way, my husband’s and my premium and deductible will be higher.)
And, last but not least … “The Media” and US, its audience. In the words of respected journalist Clarence Page, “there is a need for the analytical and investigative role that holds the powerful accountable and keeps the rascals on notice.” Responsible, intelligent journalism IS paramount to our way of thinking and freedoms, and it deserves respect. Infotainment may be entertaining (I admit, I watch it), but it’s NOT responsible. And, it’s not dignified. It’s always trying to stir up trouble, pitting “this group” against “that group.” And, the more we “hang out” with it, the less dignified we become. Because of the government shutdown and what looks like the slow and painful death of the Affordable Care Act, there’s been a lot of serious talk about who’s staying and who’s going in the next elections. Let’s not forget about our “friends” in infotainment. Pulling the plug on them could be truly lifesaving for our minds, our souls and our futures.
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