John McCain fell in love with Joe the Plumber and proclaimed that we were all like Joe. But no one has stood up so prominently for the millions of Americans who would gladly switch places with Joe.
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Unquestioned faith in the old order produces shock and panic as one pillar after another crumbles and falls. So it is with cursedly interesting times.
Let's hope more people will think about today's situation in togetherness terms, not we versus them, because that state of mind cannot solve the problems we all share today.
The Republicans have always opposed regulation of business that protects the "little people" against greed-ridden and corrupt practices of insatiable corporate elites.
The problem with this turn of phrase, besides dumbing down our discourse or sounding cliché, is that it assumes a good-versus-evil duality to the financial problem at hand.
The World Bank and IMF held their annual meeting in Washington, DC, this weekend, and of course the global economic meltdown was on everyone's minds.
The President and Congress have finally allowed us to allocate $700 billion to a policy, about whose success they are, at least reasonably, doubtful. They should enact new regulations.
Let's face it: the Bailout Bill doesn't get to the heart of what's wrong with our economy. Neither you, nor I, nor many of those who voted for it believe that this bill will solve the pressing issues American families face.
Few people can afford to treat themselves to an occasional red velvet cupcake or a ham and cheese croissant when a gallon of milk can as much as $4.
As to the anger toward Wall Street, I certainly understand it. As to anger toward those who are in housing trouble, I have a different point of view.
The House Republicans will be to blame for any calamities that may yet be in store for our economy. Their objection to the modified Paulson Plan was not ideological, it was political.
Main Street America is sending a clear message to Washington these days: Don't direct all your help to Wall Street. Give us the tools we need to dig ourselves out of our own economic crisis.
The economic crisis will pass but America's biggest crisis is the fact that Washington is an 18th Century American political system operating in the 21st.
By Stephen C. Rose
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