The Mean Little Column: "70's Nostalgia"

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Mean Little ManWell 70's nostalgia has gone just a bit too far.

The spiraling economy, surging gas prices, drugs and violence in our inner cities, suburban unrest.

For everyone who thought bell-bottoms, Disco, and the glam life of drugs and sexuality were oh so keen in the 70's, strap in and activate the air bag, because you're going on a ride wackier than any of Carter's foibles.

Hoo-ha! I couldn't be happier! Makes me want to hunker down for the TBS Grease Marathon with a nice warm tub and a toaster.

Lets see. Carter had OPEC, which simultaneously raised oil prices while cutting back on exportation to America. Georgey has a lot of friends in oil.

Carter had an economy burdened with employing the coming-of-age baby boom generation. Add to that the deficit caused by spending on Vietnam that outpaced the economy so strongly Nixon was forced to take us off the gold standard, reshaping the economy of the world.

Georgey inherited an economy that had enjoyed the most productive and strongest rise in the history of the world. Georgey's tanking our economy is akin to aiming to miss someone, and hitting them.

I think both Carter and Bush inherited serious foreign policy messes. Carter had the Middle East, revolutions and hostages in Iran, and the ever-playful U.S.S.R.

Bush has practically the same problems, just with different geographies, but no cold war.

The major difference. Carter was unprepared for the Presidency. Not being a member of the political machine he couldn't, as an outsider, effectively learn on the job. I think his work since 1980 in the interest in human rights, acting as a compassionate mediator for serious foreign disputes, marks him as a respected and trusted man throughout the world. Damn best ex-president we ever had.

Will Bush be able to have history treat him as kindly in 20 years? I'm sure the legacy of his embassy appointments, 22 of which have no political experience at all, will do well.

Who better than the President of the Seattle Mariners to be our representative in Spain?

And to think we're only 1/8 into W's presidency. Gotta love the little man-child.

I am curious about some things though. Gas prices began their slow climb at almost the exact same time as G.W. became serious about becoming President. (I do realize that according to the facts one might believe he has yet to get serious.)

The Bush family is an oil family - rich off oil, with oil-rich friends. What a lucky boy. To tide little Georgey over until a friend of his was ready to basically give him a baseball team, his parents gave him an oil company. It failed miserably.

In the wonderful speculative land of my imagination I see Bush turning a blind eye as his school chums of yesteryear raise gas prices slowly and methodically. While they were cutting fat PAC checks with W did they reminisce about the childhood games they used to play? Ravage the peasants? Pee on the groundlings? What a whimsical and innocent time youth is.

Remember the first time you gave the butler a hot-foot? Or broke a vase from the Ming Dynasty while playing dodge-ball in the house?

Even the punishments seem sweetened by the passage of time. How foolish we were to be so mad when the Porsche was taken away. Having to drive the Saab instead may have been embarrassing at the time, but such things build character, do they not?

So gas prices in many places will hit $3.00 a gallon or more come the middle of summer. So…what if the government does nothing? The oil companies get rich. And if the government parlays a few billion to the oil companies to lower the consumer cost? They get just as rich.

Don't get me wrong. We are currently in a state of flux as our population moves into a new and exciting age. We have become over-corporative and privatized as a nation. Local competition has been drowned out by the conglomerates. But now the conglomerates are not as dominant. They are tied to the world economy and stocks, which are down, and not the well being of those within the immediate communities.

I argue that it is an absolute necessity to maintain a basic and workable oil price. It is one of the prime foundations of our economy. If oil costs more, then so does shipping and production. Raising the cost of products without raising wages creates a lowered demand for products, a need to slow production, and layoffs.

Or should I say further layoffs? Mexican labor has been a far more attractive work force for some time, as it does not encumber employers with union rates.

But I'm quite sure that Bushy's friends in Texas have little interest or access to foreign labor. Ha!!!

I guess we could look for alternative fuel sources like alcohol or methanol. But the Bush daughters seem to be depleting our resources in that department too.

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