Let’s face it folks, there’s just not enough room for so many gods in the world. For all of Barack Obama’s vanity and egotism, one of the reasons he doesn’t bother himself with the minutiae of the nation’s problems, such as a Second Great Depression, the onset of World War III, and so on, is that he is just better than that. He is above it. Sure, he was hired to be the President, but that job is so….booorrrring!
Thomas Friedman of New York Times fame chafes at the thought of being tied to newspaper reporting and much prefers being one of the World’s Foremost Authorities On Global Warming, Public Policy and Ballroom Dancing, to name just a few.
There are many others we could name, elevated via The Peter Principle or lifting themselves up by their own press releases to a stature befitting Wise Men, or Prophets, or Solons, or something. But, God (sorry) how we do need good reporters and good Presidents these days. Maybe those jobs should pay more.
Comes now the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, whose head must hang very heavy today as he wears the crown of All Things Economic. In a speech yesterday in Indianapolis, he held forth on the economy, unemployment and sooo much more. Apparently, printing money by the boatload and keeping interest rates so low that you have to hock your yacht to be able to afford having a bank hold your money for you aren’t enough for Ben. He is so…unfulfilled. (As are Obama, Friedman, Gates (Bill), Eric Holder, Hilda Solis, the various Hollywood and Pop Music political analysts and so many who are “all that” …and more.).
Cracking a joke about the difficulty of determining exactly when an economy is in recession, the Chairman said the economy is currently expanding and employment is growing.
Employment is growing? Bernanke must have been watching Entertainment Tonight or whatever show that was the other night when they explained to the American Public that retailers were planning on hiring temporary help for Christmas and therefore, shazzaaammm! – employment must be growing. So ridiculous a cave man would mock it.
We may have been misinformed, but we thought that the positions of Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Labor were held by other individuals, however incompetent in their own right. Why is it that the Oracle of The Fed cannot help himself, cannot merely see to a stable, well-backed dollar and let the free market dictate the employment rate, the Prime Rate, the GDP, the CPI and the import/export ratios? We just want to know that the First State Bank of Middlebury has enough tens, twenties and fifties to get us through the Holiday Season. That’s all we ask. Now, it could be that, as we said, he aspires to god status, like Obama. Or it could be that he is a True Believer, like Obama, that without government involvement, investment and innovation will wither and die, or something. But all we want is for him to run the Fed. He is, as we speak, driving more and more Americans into the Ron Paul camp of libertarian ways of life, and that is not a good thing.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but one glaring and obvious example of Bernanke either being distracted or, in the cynical view, protesting too much, is that he yesterday had to plead that going full-on with Quantitative Easing, Part Three, was in no way a plot to get Obama re-elected. Ah, Ben, you know if you’re a god, you don’t have to respond to every criticism under the sun. You just do your job and let that stuff roll off your back. Unless of course…
Anyway, we’re sure that Peace in the Middle East hasn’t been achieved because we haven’t put a god on the case yet. Sure, we’ve had a goddess ( who saved the White House Travel Office and made New York State whole) in theater from time to time but she too has been distracted, by such things as…medieval cultural outreach and…LGBT sensitivity advocacy. Let’s give Ben a chance to solve the Middle East puzzle now. Tim Geithner can print money.
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