Amid the gloom, German short-haired pointer rescuers come to the rescue. From our last issue.
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Yea! Big day! A lovely family from Redlands brought over my new dog. They are German short-haired pointer rescuers and they came over with a beautiful eight-year-old girl with almost all white fur and lots of adorable liver-colored spots. She could not be sweeter. She is a bit fat and I have a hard time lifting her up, but I love her like mad. She follows me wherever I go and I just love her to pieces. Her name is Julie and I love her. So, that’s good news.
I am still seething about the economy, but I am just tickled pink (as my mother used to say) with my Julie. She follows me everywhere. She sleeps next to me. Sometimes when I am lying in bed, she will lie down between my feet and just look at me, Sphinx like. She is my dream dog. The other dogs, Cleo, Zelda, and Mopsy, are not happy about all of the attention my Julie gets, but they are getting used to it little by little. When they are unhappy, they show it in the usual way dogs show it—by urinating indoors. This is very basic and it’s something politicians and journalists do, too.
Mammals use their excretory functions to express unhappiness. That’s basic. Just watch MSNBC.
Or anywhere else.
A few more respectful words about the economy: the postwar American economy was based on many pillars, but two of the main ones were (1) Inflation in housing prices, providing a predictable source of capital growth for ordinary families, and (2) Economic growth which would lift all of the boats except the ones that are under water (to coin a phrase of my father’s).
Now, we have neither. Growth for the last many years has been pitiful. The recession has both hurt growth and been a symptom of the lack of growth. In manufacturing, we run up against the double brick walls of China and our own demographic problems. We are not assured of growth bailing us out in the future and this is terrifying. As to housing, it’s a mess, and while housing cycles come and go, and this one probably will enter a price rebound phase at some point too, the drop has been so horrible this time that it has devastated banks and all other lenders and, far more important, ordinary citizens. This has been a true blow for way too many decent people. What we do about it is unclear, but all of us—especially me—have to be much more careful about our housing spending from now on. (I am probably the worst offender in the country.) But this in turn will inhibit recovery.
The good thing we have going for us is called “recession fatigue,” which means that after a time, Americans get sick of caution and go out and spend again, and this helps a great, great deal. This “recession fatigue” may well be what turns the trick to actually end the darned thing.
In the meantime, I see that Mr. Obama is attacking the oil companies again and wanting to tax them more. This makes no sense at all. Oil is America. Oil is a great, high energy relative to weight and density fuel. It doesn’t leave radioactive waste. The oil companies are owned by all of us in our retirement accounts. The workers at the oil companies are our neighbors and friends. The oil companies are not owned by neo-Nazis. They are owned by us. Why on earth would we single out the most productive, most necessary of American enterprises for punishment? It just makes no sense at all.
I’ll speak to Julie about it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?