Firstly, let's establish that I am not making a judgment of the woman who had 14 children with no apparent means of supporting them except SSD payments to support them because of their poor health due to their premature births. I am making a LOT of judgments about her. So is everyone else who has given attention to the story. But we will get back to this.
America has failed to make the connection between the bailout and the failed war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am hearing nothing about this. Yet we prioritized a set of wars as being worth spending money and lives on for 6 years (I am forgiving the post 911-fury). No one stopped this even when the phrase "billions per day" came into play on the actual costs. We chose to afford that rather than fight the government and make it stop. The Bush Administration ignored the home financial markets to chase some political chimera in a desert. And they were tossed out with their hats.
That is all well and good. They are out. They are non parties to the recovery. They are again betting on the failure of a system to line their pockets, just as they fiddled while the world economy was burning. They can listen to Rush and Hannity and lick their festering wounds for another year before I actually have to pay any real attention to their tripe again. I am convinced that corporate greed and war profiteering is the heart of the economic failure. Some wise guys noticed that war pulled us out of the depression and decided to do it again since it has worked for the entire history of the world. And hell, there was personal grievance to revenge as well. Childish minds think only in stimulus-response patterns.
And so they failed to realize that the world has changed. And that a land war in Asia is always a losing proposition. And we are left with a bailout, a stimulus package, a Plan. It is always the drunk who walks away leaving the dead in their wake. Bush had lots of practice walking away from messes he made and did it again with apparent impunity. So as he toddles back on to Texas, although not Crawford now that the set has been dismantled, we are left to clean it up and tell the mother her son won’t make it. Blackwater has changed its name to an unpronounceable symbol. Halliburton has had to tell Cheney how much money the war profited his secret accounts, although we will never be told that now that he is no longer a public servant with public taxes. How convenient.
Just like the banks that took billions of dollars and did… anyone? Bueller?
So we are back to a mother without the means to support her children choosing to have 8 more. I blame the doctor who chose to pander to her desires rather than her needs. And that fails to meet the standard of first doing no harm. I am pretty sure that harm was done. But we won’t know just how much for about 20 years when those kids grow up to either be productive citizens or drains on the system. That is harsh. But it is time for harsh decisions, like rent or utilities or roof over our heads or food. And in the face of decisions like that, we have no more time to suffer fools gladly and hope everything is going to turn out ok in the end. We all have about 20 years to find out if the retirement funds will recover or our children will be feeding us in our infirmity.
This is the end. And now the grown ups need to retake the reins and send the children home to tend to their toys and their money while we clean up the mess. So the GOP and the 14 children can all go suck their thumbs and cry while we ready the bailout teat for the next feeding.