Deja Vu? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Saturday, January 31, I had a deja vu moment. Going through Auburn to deliver a crib to my Granddaughter’s baby shower, I realized that the last time I passed through Auburn with a mattress on top of the car was in 1936, when my two brothers and I in the rumble seat, my parents and sister in the cab of the 1928 Oakland, drove through on the way from Missouri to Sacramento, mattress on the roof as was the style back then. Then as now I was not driving because of age. After a bit of thought I noted a 3rd similarity - then as now we had a wildly popular democrat in the White House, bringing up a blizzard of new agencies and policies to bring our economy back from bad times. Makes one wonder....
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2009 at 8:11 am
Thank you Walter.
I can only imagine how you feel. I am having a deja vu also, even in my lifetime that is only 2/3s of yours. I can't believe anyone my age and older is foolish enough to believe BHO and the Dems when they say this is the "worst since the Depression"..I remember it CLEARLY being worse in the late 70s. And then, as now, we had a far left Pres with a left controlled Congress, and they drove our economy to 11% unemployment, 21% interest rates, and tried to destroy our National Security with the Iran Hostage debacle. If I am depressed because we have an uneducated population and Administration who are determined to repeat FDRs and Carter's mistakes which made everything worse, how much more discouraged must you feel?
At least in FDRs time there wasn't any data and history to definitively show that the policies were accomplishing exactly the opposite of the goals. So, at least it was simply ignorance.
Now, there is NO excuse whatsoever, ( just read the editorial pages of the WSJ or the FT to learn something), and I can't help but believe it is malicious power grabbing taking advantage of an unsuspecting and ignorant public. I can't believe that BHO and his staff are that ignorant, so I have to believe it is maliciousness.
Too bad, decent journalism and education would have made all the difference, but propoganda won over.
Well, then, as now, the ones who suffered the most are the people on the lower economic end of the spectrum. Let's hope we wake up before we reach even 11% unemployment, let alone the 25% of the Depression.