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AP: Everything Is Spinning Out Of Control!

Our tireless correspondent BillK posted this little ray of sunshine in the "other news section" from those non-stop doomsayers at the Associated Press:

Everything seemingly is spinning out of control

By Alan Fram and Eileen Putman

Is everything spinning out of control?

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism

The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country’s sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance…

[A] battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003

“It is pretty scary,” said Charles Truxal, 64, a retired corporate manager in Rochester, Minn. “People are thinking things are going to get better, and they haven’t been. And then you go hide in your basement because tornadoes are coming through. If you think about things, you have very little power to make it change.”

Americans need do no more than check the weather, look in their wallets or turn on the news for their daily reality check on a world gone haywire.

Floods engulf Midwestern river towns. Is it global warming, the gradual degradation of a planet’s weather that man seems powerless to stop or just a freakish late-spring deluge?

It hardly matters to those in the path. Just ask the people of New Orleans who survived Hurricane Katrina. They are living in a city where, 1,000 days after the storm, entire neighborhoods remain abandoned, a national embarrassment that evokes disbelief from visitors.

Food is becoming scarcer and more expensive on a worldwide scale, due to increased consumption in growing countries such as China and India and rising fuel costs. That can-do solution to energy needs — turning corn into fuel — is sapping fields of plenty once devoted to crops that people need to eat. Shortages have sparked riots. In the U.S., rice prices tripled and some stores rationed the staple.

Residents of the nation’s capital and its suburbs repeatedly lose power for extended periods as mere thunderstorms rumble through. In California, leaders warn people to use less water in the unrelenting drought.

Want to get away from it all? The weak U.S. dollar makes travel abroad forbiddingly expensive. To add insult to injury, some airlines now charge to check luggage.

Want to escape on the couch? A writers’ strike halted favorite TV shows for half a season. The newspaper on the table may soon be a relic of the Internet age. Just as video stores are falling by the wayside as people get their movies online or in the mail…

American University historian Allan J. Lichtman notes that the U.S. has endured comparable periods and worse, including the economic stagflation (stagnant growth combined with inflation) and Iran hostage crisis of 1980; the dawn of the Cold War, the Korean War and the hysterical hunts for domestic Communists in the late 1940s and early 1950s; and the Depression of the 1930s.

“All those periods were followed by much more optimistic periods in which the American people had their confidence restored,” he said. “Of course, that doesn’t mean it will happen again.”

Each period also was followed by a change in the party controlling the White House.

BillK notes: If floods and higher air fares are convincing this many people we’re doomed, can you imagine if the Great Depression had happened today? World War II? The number of mass suicides would be staggering.

Never have so many living with so much felt that things were in such disarray. We really have become a nation of spoiled brats – gas is over $4 per gallon and air fares are high, we might as well just die.

The only possible upside is what the reaction will be when Obama “solves” nothing. Oh, that’s right – that will be when AP runs daily stories reminding Americans how good they have it will begin.

Once again – can you imagine people in any other country in the world becoming depressed and dour because:

A writers’ strike halted favorite TV shows for half a season. The newspaper on the table may soon be a relic of the Internet age.

I don’t know – maybe al Qaeda is right about the West.

No worries, though – the AP will be there to keep your spirits up:

Why the vulnerability? After all, this is the 21st century, not a more primitive past when little in life was assured. Surely people know how to fix problems now.

Maybe. And maybe this is what the 21st century will be about — a great unraveling of some things long taken for granted.

We will only add that this is standard fare for the Associated Press. (Though note how the article claims Americans used to turn to their newspapers for solace. But, alas, no more since the internet.)

For some reason the AP seem to spend an inordinate amount of time telling us how frustrated, dispirited and desperate we are.

Perhaps they can’t help but brag about the results of all their hard work at propagandizing. They are just proud to see their chicken littles coming home to roost. (Or at least they hope that is happening.)

And of course they have an additional motive for all of their hard work:

Each period also was followed by a change in the party controlling the White House.

They have to get in a little pitch for their Democrat masters.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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