Monday, January 14, 2013

Baxter Black: 'Osamaconomy' hurting America

Grandpa Tommy was reminiscing, “It’s a shame everybody couldn’t go through the Great Depression.”

I know what he meant, I think. He was remarking most of us Baby Boomers and younger are unable to appreciate how technology has pampered us. There was no safety net back then. Grandpa Tommy spent the Dirty ’30s in the depths of the Dust Bowl in Syracuse, Kan. Then he spent the first half of the ’40s on a Navy vessel in the Pacific Ocean.

He passed away without seeing our “Osamaconomy.”...

The safety net helping these “victims” includes family, friends, churches, private giving and government programs financed by those still working and paying taxes. This safety net has prevented any mass migration of the unemployed seeking work. If there had been a mass migration, North Dakota and Wyoming would have doubled in population! The 10 percent unemployed have been able to stay in familiar surroundings and are able to get temporary assistance to ride it out...

It is our prayer that our foundering leaders will get their collective heads out of the mud, step out of the way and let America go back to work. It took us 5 years to recover after 9/11.

I know we will get out of this mess. Not because I have faith in the government, but because I have faith in those who get up every day and come to work, like Grandpa Tommy did, just doin’ his part.

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