Bad times + old thinking = more bad times
I did a little Googling and came up with a couple of quotes about making the best out of bad times:
Our strength grows out of our weaknesses –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory -William Barclay
Granted, they may come off a little cliché, but fact is, hard times often force us to think of new directions, new ideas. It certainly gives us the time (sometimes too much time) to analyze what we’ve done in the past. I know, for myself, starting iusedtoberich.com was something I probably never would have done had it not been for the economic tsunami that washed over all of us. It may not be the greatest idea – only time will tell – but it certainly was something very different for me. And if nothing else it has given me a brand new focus and even a touch of optimism – which is rare for me even during the best of times.
So what am I getting at? Well, it seems our esteemed lawmakers are hell bent in making sure no new thinking be put into action. Some of the very people who looked the other way when they saw the writing on the wall, in fact, some of the bastards who actually helped cause the mess we’re in, now want everything to go back the way it was – less regulation, dysfunctional healthcare, a neglected environment, etc. etc.
Einstein said doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results is insanity; in the case of our lawmakers it more likely is a case of sociopathology. All they care about, it seems, is themselves and their next election. This may sound all too simplistic, but what else can explain their inexplicable behavior?
Anyway, checkout this article by Paul Krugman on inexplicable behavior.