Ah, my … how time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like yesterday that we were crying tears of hope and change. The hope is gone, but there are still plenty of tears over the change. How well I remember Thomas Friedman’s article in The New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign titled “Who will tell the people?” Said Friedman, “We don’t need a president who is tough enough to withstand the lies of his opponents. We need a president who is tough enough to tell the truth to the American people.”
Surprise, surprise — the phony “fiscal cliff” negotiations have once again resulted in higher taxes and no serious spending cuts. But it doesn’t matter, because, the truth be known, the U.S. went over the so-called fiscal cliff long ago and is now in free fall toward the fiscal abyss that lies at the bottom of that cliff. How will we know when we hit bottom? Easy. It’s when the government’s obfuscation and chicanery tactics no longer work and people finally discover that their paper money is worthless, their 401Ks are worthless, and their income is worthless.
So here we are again, trying to make sense out of senseless tragedy, tragedy made even more horrific by the fact that most of the victims were small children. And the news media, doing what they’re paid to do, have been analyzing the Newtown, Conn., massacre from every conceivable point of view — mental illness, gun control versus teachers carrying weapons, psychiatric help for the surviving children — in an effort to shed light on last Friday’s killings.