WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush says that "it's clear our economy has slowed" and urges taxpayers to spend the rebate checks due to them within months from a stimulus package.
Bush spoke to reporters at the White House in a hastily arranged appearance timed to Friday's release of a gloomy government economic report. He says the long term outlook for the economy is good.
The president said, "Our economy will prosper."
I was almost speechless with contempt as I read these words. One could shout into their emptiness like the Grand Canyon and the courtesy of an echo would not even be returned, because this Grand Canyon is filled with an arrogance that would swallow up your words like Jaws. It sounded like a disingenuous father trying to explain to the kid why mommy and daddy are getting a divorce
Just a week or two ago this same fool was saying that the economy was not slowing. He didnít want to admit that it was in recession when it was in his face. Now weíre supposed to believe he knows what the long term outlook is? The words ďour economy will prosperĒ have the sound of our cheap zinc pennies hitting the sidewalk as they fall from his lying lips. Why not just come out and admit he thinks weíre morons.
Heís not an economist. Even many who are will talk to you as if youíre an idiot the way the president just did. The economy is not a giant machine that can be made to work the way we want by loosening a few screws here and tightening others there. It is a combination of all the choices made by people the world over.
You canít even say itís the financial decisions alone that matter. If you accept a lower paying job because itís less stressful than the one you have, that decision will have financial implications but it was not primarily a financial decision. So for the president and some economists to throw the term ďeconomyĒ around as if itís something manipulated like a reversible belt is only the polish on a paraplegic lie.
But that is the image they paint and sell to us, the American sucker. Use your common sense. If all it took to revive an ailing economy was to return to us some of the dollars the government stole, then why not return a lot more? Better yet, quit taking so much. If the economy can be turned around by the mere mailing out of checks then it canít be that bad off. But if it got into its present shape because of a lot of bad choices made over time then it isnít going to turn around overnight. Weíre supposed to be too stupid to see that. Iím afraid thatís what our government thinks of you and me.
The scary thought is, could the government be correct? Maybe stupid isnít the right word. But what would you call it when thousands of people sign up for housing with no money down with adjustable rate mortgages? Anybody with the most elementary common sense would avoid that like grandpaís breath just after the onions. Thereís no moral compass because I know of churches that actually guided their members into this quicksand with special programs. Looks like Satan has his own real estate office in Faith City. No surprise there.
On top of that all the lenders who gave out these sub prime loans like condoms at a San Francisco high school had to know the implications. They simply didnít care as long as they made some quick cash. Quick. Thatís what everything is about. The moment. What we can get NOW. Forget the long term consequences.
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die. Ė Isa. 22:13
Since thatís obviously the mentality, how do you improve an economy long term when everything we do is for short term enjoyment? Solution: mail checks from an arrogant government who cares primarily about what it can control, to a people who care primarily about the material goods they can obtain. This is necrotic brilliance.
If you understand what this says about the frames of mind that are being expected to move us toward a more stable future then it should scare you. Not that I encourage fear, but how could you feel uneasy about, say, giving your teenager the keys to the car for the first time and not feel uneasy about the people being given the keys to processes that can wreck a nation?
When delusion is this entrenched, this widespread, thereís not much you can do to stop it. The steamroller is in neutral on a steep slope and itís gonna crush a lot of people who wonít get out of its way because all they see coming isÖ nothing.
But the earth is still the Lordís, so we have a way of escape.
A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Ė Prov. 22:3
For such seriously delusional times the Lordís advice is ďdonít be simpleĒ. Nothing deep, mystical or in need of interpretation. Itís amazing when you think about it but to walk in Godís wisdom is to be hidden in full view like the invisible man. But itís not a cowardly, fearful hiding.
When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. Ė Prov. 28:12
Itís the kind of hiding Jesus did in his final hours when he said he wouldnít be talking much with His disciples because the prince of this world was coming and had nothing in Him (Jn. 14:30). His ďhidingĒ was a way of concentrating His energies on the purposes of God. The time of hiding is when the hidden man of the heart bears our weight (1 Pet. 3:4).
Since the form of this world with its rabid enslavement to quick fulfillment and long term death is embodied all around us, fading away even as it appears most dominant (1 Cor. 7:31), the game of hide and seek (Mat. 6:33) we are commanded to play is the way to stay boldly alive in the midst of suicidal fools.