Monday, October 6, 2008

Uncertainty and Charlie Bit Me!

It's quite easy to get caught up in all that's wrong with our world and the uncertainty that the near future holds for us. Our once invincible economy is showing signs of age and some deep rooted problems. How much pruning and dead-wood need to be cut away to make it healthy again is anybody's guess as is how much pain we'll experience during the process. Maybe we'd all feel more comfortable if this were a cyclical thing where we could go into it knowing what to expect but that's not the case. We're in uncharted waters.

It doesn't help that we've been weakened by hundreds of billions of dollars spent in Iraq with little to show for our efforts and no end in sight. I want to trust that minds much smarter than mine have an understanding of what needs to be done but I no longer give this president and his administration the benefit of that trust.

I took the pups out this morning while I retrieved the paper from under the mailbox. I scanned it while walking slowly up the driveway and a quote from Al Franken caught my eye. "There is an urgency here, but we have to be careful. We have to learn our lesson from the rush to war and the blank check that the president was given there." I don't normally listen to much of what Franken has to say but he couldn't be more right this time. Maybe I should listen to him more often.

We in the government sector have for the most part been insulated from the ebb and flow of the economy felt by others; that is, until recently. Sacrifices will be made by many while hypocritical FAA management continues to feather their nests for retirement while finding no extras for those of us who provide the labor to get the job done. Do you suppose this economic crisis will cause them to forego their yearly presidential pay raise this coming January as we controllers have for the past two years and will be for the next three years? Don't count on it. Where is that act of congress when you need it?

Okay, it's obvious I don't have much to blog about tonight so I'll leave you with this and hope to return with something of more interest in a day or two. More than 54 million views can't be all wrong...

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