I trust you all have had a nice Christmas, maybe gotten some things you wanted and seen some family. I don’t have much to say really other than to just mention that I know I haven’t been posting much lately. I’m not sure why. Part of it, I think, is that I’ve spent so much time and energy trying to keep up with what all is going on in the world around us that I haven’t had the energy to put out any writings. Part of it is making Christmas gifts. Part of it is just laziness. Some too can be placed at the feet of Facebook and my new attention in that direction.
(by the way, if you’re a member look me up. I go by Matthew though.)
A commenter today asked how I felt about Obama’s appointments. Well, disappointed. I almost feel like it’s Clinton #2. I have no doubt that Obama will do a better job of leading the administration than Hillary, or McCain, but if he choose the same messengers wont’ the messengers tell the same message? I have been inspired by his list of objectives as he hits office running, although I disagree with him on how to accomplish some of his objectives. Love it or hate it, the stimulas package seems to be coming. At least he is not just tossing out money but directing it to some useful purposes. Infrastrucure is good, as long as it’s used to say upgrade electric transmission lines, sewer lines or get some kind of green energy infrastructure up and running. Not so good if it will be wasted on bridges and roads. Trains, water ways, canals, etc would be great.
My big concern is debt, debt, debt. The government keeps piling up more debt. They are paying back debt with debt (and have been for a while). That’s kind of scary. Now they are talking about him being sent a bill for $800B – $1T for Obama’s stimulus. What if it goes back to Congress? Will they take on another $200B like they did with the TARP bill? It sure seems possible. While I initially thought an infrastructure bill would be good for the economy I’m not so sure now. I would be all for this is we weren’t having to borrow so much. But by having to do that we are really shooting ourselves in the foot. Not so much now, but sometime in the near future we’ll feel it. The Automatic Earth has been doing a great job following all this so make sure to check them out.
I don’t know about you all, but I didn’t think my stores had that much less business. However, there was the same sales for the big retailers that other people were seeing, even though we aren’t having the layoffs like other areas, yet. We did good with our spending although I did go overboard for my wife’s birthday. Probably shouldn’t have, but this might be the last time for a decade or so. We’re anxiously watching some of the store flyers for heavy discounts to pick up items we think we might need in the next few years. Extra clothes, shoes, blankets, tools and other utility items.
That’s all for now. I’m glad I forced myself to sit down and do this. I’m going to try to figure out how to e-mail post and maybe then I’ll be able to get more things up. I can just shoot them off from work!