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Monday, October 06, 2008

Slim Pick'ins: Anyone Got A Plan?

BarryBlog is intentionally not a political blog. But like everyone else, I cannot deny the ailing economy has somewhat stolen the show.

Though I'm no expert on the political/economical system, it appears it doesn't take an MBA from Harvard (I know this because they seem as blindsided by our recent economic knockout as everyone else) to question the effectiveness and fitness of our political/economic system, as we all feel the collective tingle of our black eye continuing to swell.

I say "political/economical" with intention. I cannot see a separation. Every talking head speaks to PACs and money and greed as root to many of our problems. Every day a new leader in business and government is taken down by greed, which makes it hard for me to trust any lawmaker or politician. It's frustrating to see government under performing while lawmakers get very little accomplished towards the good of the republic without assuming bribery, payoffs and greed is running the show.
Or perhaps something more old fashioned like incompetence.

So this mega billionaire OIL guy named T. Boone Pickens buys up a bunch of air time. It's been done before, Ross Perot ran his entire campaign out of his wallet, so precedence for self funding is not a gigantic surprise or distraction, or smokescreen for character. But I ask, is the Picken's Plan hogwash? Is it another behind the scene scheme to make a few people rich(er)?

See for yourself. Watch the video. I would be interested in your comments if you have anything to add because I'm skeptical.

Okay, back to graphic design, mid-century modern thrift store finds, and what not.

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Anonymous Grace@PoeticHome said...

It's so hard to discern who we should trust these days. All these individuals and parties have such hidden agendas.

It cannot be denied, however, that we need another means of creating energy -- although I think Google's RE < C program will most likely come up with the "better" solution than an oil tycoon.

It's sad that it takes a major economic crisis, financial failure, and skyrocketing gas prices to get our politicians and citizens thinking that something needs to change. Goodness gracious.

If only our problems dealt with how to choose between which amazing mid-century modern find at the thrift store :) *sigh* that would be a lovely world!

12:09 AM  
Blogger aRtcHixX said...

What an interesting video! I believe I heard about this guy from NPR on day on my way to work. As far as my opinion....ummmm, I'm not liking the state we are in now as far as oil goes and the pickens plan sounds more realistic than Americans giving up their cars - especially when people paid $5 a gallon for gas -- people thought that would do it.... **grins**
I wonder what it would sound like to have those towers in your town...
I'm all for a cleaner and better change, but I'm also for BoTH sides of every story.
Not much of an opinion, eh?
But GREaT post!!!

12:20 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Grace - I had not heard of Google's RE < C. Thanks for sharing that and for taking time to stop by.

aRtcHixX - Thanks for stopping by. Your daughter has been lucky to have you as a dad.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I know T Boone has invested heavily in companies that produce these wind turbines,so he does has self interest in this product. If he can get rich at this all the while bringing me cheaper and cleaner energy, I have no problem with that.

They can be an eye sore though.I've seen them in two places and they are huge and seen from miles away.

7:52 AM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Wonder if his numbers add.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about this for a few days (since you posted it). And, I wonder about the numbers, too (I always wonder about the number). Still, the video makes me hopeful -- I like seeing this sort of initiative at such a level. However, I think that success will arrive one individual at a time -- not through large business or government plans.

6:15 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Liz - I find it impossible to determine who , if anyone, is telling the truth. I believe to each his own is the new trust. Everyone still hopes to trust their leaders have everyone's best interest at hand, but to each his own is the underlying motivation. Greed has always played a big part of capitalism, but big greed is being exposed, and it is surprising to people, many for the first time.

I do agree that th one person at a time model is best, but hope this total economic failure makes others feel similarly.

8:33 AM  

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