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The Pitchfork Congress

Posted on | March 23, 2009 | No Comments

This is a little bit off topic, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a topic that affects us all.

Can we stop with the pitchfork-waving over the financial meltdown? Is that too much to ask?
Congress is tripping over itself trying to demonize a financial system it aided and abetted. President Obama says we’re all angry and we need to “channel” that anger. That sounds like pitch-fork speak to me. Is that really presidential? Of course it isn’t.

It’s as if they designed a car without brakes and are in shock that it crashed into a tree.

When you get in a car accident, you experience shock and anger. But eventually you gather yourself together, exchange information with the other driver and move on. You have to get the car fixed otherwise you’ll never get where you need to go.

There are thousands of entrepreneurs and small business people, farmers and ranchers across this country who are as ticked off as anybody at the decline in their net worth. But unlike Congress, they run businesses, and they want to get back on track, back innovating, hiring, selling and distributing… and rebuilding their net worth.

Tim Geithner’s long-awaited toxic-asset plan is out today. The stock market just closed, and the Dow soared 500 points. We’ve been waiting for this since October, and that 6 percent surge you hear is a sigh of relief.

There’s a time for criticism. We all enjoy the sport of it. But Americans like moving forward a lot better. Let’s put the pitchforks down and get back to business.

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