I’m not generally paranoid, but I wonder if something more sinister is up with the huge economic plan that got forced through Congress. So far, the plan hasn’t helped. The plan was to restore confidence, but there is more fear in the market than ever. It seems the more governments do in our current economic crisis, the worse it gets. Why did they think it was so critical to act immediately? Why do people who are supposedly so wedded to the principles of free market all of a sudden do an about face and support the nationalization of troubled companies? Could it be that this administration is so afraid of the elections, knowing that unless the economy quickly turns around they will not only lose the White House, but also large chunks of Congress, that they decided gamble in order to shore up things in the short-run? If that’s the case, they lost. If that’s the case, we all lost! Like I said, I’m not generally paranoid, but after Iraq, I don’t put anything past this administration. Are we to become, as Paul Theroux described the Ethiopians, "a race of aristocrats who have pawned the family silver?"
On a positive note, I hope to make another river trip tomorrow! The leaves are changing, maybe I’ll have some photos to share.