1. If ol “Hank” Paulson was across the table from me in a poker game, and went “all in”, I’d bet all my chips he was bluffing. Have you seen his face? Terror. At least he is not alone. I’m scanning the faces and body language of the various officials pushing for this bail-out, and it is too easy to read them. They are unsure what to do, and fearful of doing nothing. I’ve decided, after thinking about it all weekend, that I am against the bail-out under almost any circumstances. I want the FDIC fully funded if the banks fail, but the Corporations that are in trouble should pay the price. Whatever that price is. Perhaps a full-scale purge is what this country needs to get it’s priorities straight.
2. I hope he doesn’t mind, but I have to mention my friend John Lamb. He called on Saturday to talk a little, and i got so tickled watching him tie himself in knots trying to figure how to ask me if I was a “person of Faith.” He finally just asked me if i considered myself a Christian. I told him I did indeed consider myself a Christian, but that almost no other Christian would agree. No matter, and I only bring this up because of this very cool post from Margaret Cho, shared by The Recovering Baptist. There is a great deal of truth in the post, but if you are squeamish about language, don’t read it. Period.
3. I really hope the events of this past week bring more interest in cooperative living. I’d love to see more sharing of talent and resources, more planning in our lives, and, in general, a slower, more deliberative approach to how we treat ourselves and each other.