Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Wall Street & D.C. Have Hijacked My Muse

The time I’d like to spend blogging is being gobbled by my insatiable need to better understand how Congress and Wall Street are going to make a deal, and what that deal is going to mean for our futures. My writer’s muse? It’s not very amused at all. In fact I’m quite sure it’s been hijacked and although it would like to come home and perch on my shoulder, it’s too worried, or too cranky, or too disappointed, or too overloaded by the mandatory tole this is taking on its brain’s left hemisphere—take your pick.

This Bill, whatever final elements are included, will change us. It will change how we perceive our financial systems, our markets and our government. It changes how we view each other and may in fact continue to further divide the ideologies in our country. I’ve already seen some incredulous nastiness and misinformation from some of my favorite bloggers, and while I’m compelled to join the debate, right now I’m in information overload and trying to make a deal with my muse.

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16 comments to Wall Street & D.C. Have Hijacked My Muse

  • I can’t even begin to comprehend the intricacies of this mess, but the sheer magnitude of it is enough to shiver me timbers. Pirately speaking, of course.

    Cheri @ Blog This Mom!s last blog post..I’m a Cheater and a Dilettante and Ian is a Streaker

  • donna

    We all better hold on to our pants, because we are headed into a huge recesion. One that will knock the socks off all the middle class people and make them poor. The old saying that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Well the middle class will soon join the poor get poorer.

  • What a mess we have made as a country. That is all I keep thinking whenever I hear anything about it. Which is quite often since the Bloomberg report is all that is on TV at work.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Keeping Your Children Safe Online: Part I

  • It’s become a damned if you do/don’t situation, at this point. Do nothing and our credit system is screeched to a complete halt (it’s barely crawling, as is). Do the bailout as proposed, possibly stablize the market and allow a bunch of CEOs to pocket a crapload of taxpayer money. Or, by some miracle, find a more balanced solution that will accomplish the productive stabilization while holding executives accountable and not screwing over the average joe.

    We have to all keep in mind that this is all a pendulum – it has swung this far, it will eventually swing back towards prosperity. The question is – is America ready to bust our collective ass, make some necessary changes to our thought processes, and make things change ourselves?

    Dougs last blog post..The Low Art of Car Buying, Part Deux

  • Tricia

    Doug: I fear the answer to your question is NO. The pendulum may have to swing much further before people begin to accept personal responsibility.

  • I loathe the 24 hours news stations and never watch them–I think people that do are generally much less happy than those that don’t. Ever since the RNC and the Palin pick the whole thing–politics/economy is like a train wreck I can’t avert my eyes from. And yes, it’s taking my time and energy away from other things I’d much rather be doing.

    Jenn @ Juggling Lifes last blog post..Truly Wondering

  • D’oh! I hope that I’m not on your list of misinforming blogs. Although I do hope that I rank as a favorite :D . For me, the timing of this whole proposal makes events too fast to track. If this all goes down THIS WEEK I’m not going to be able to process it at all. It’s just gonna happen…

  • So that’s where you’ve been! Well, I congratulate you on your ability to focus on the issue. Me, I’ve been burying my head in a hole. I know it’s a terrible thing to do, but all this going on plus an election is making my brain go on overload!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..5 Bloggy Confessions

  • Jen

    I’m on information overload right now.

    Jens last blog post..Oh McCain……

  • Right there with you. I actually am having a hard time not writing about political stuff. It was never really the intention of my blog to be about heavy stuff and yet I have so much weight on my mind. What do you do with it all? I can tell people are all trying to process because more folks are daring to strike up conversations about politics. Usually a no-no in social settings. It’s like we all need to talk to someone…stretch out on a couch while someone with a notepad and glasses makes sense of it all for us.

    Lisa Ps last blog post..Doing The Wave

  • Tricia

    Lisa, of yes, I do really want that couch.

  • Lisa, I think it’s great that people are talking politics – we should all be able to have proactive discourse with friends, family and co-workers, even if our viewpoints differ. TV and the Internet have given people convenient ways to immerse themselves in their own beliefs and philosophies, devoid of any challenge. This culture of politics, faith, etc. being taboo should only apply on first dates and dinner with in-laws.

    Dougs last blog post..Why I’ll Continue To Support Trent Reznor and NIN

  • Tricia

    Doug, my husband and I were just having a similar conversation today. We create worlds around like-minded people and in so doing, we stagnate. I recently read an article that was discussing how whole communities are becoming so homogeneous. Democrats living with Democrats, Republicans living with Republicans … why the desire not to participate in debate, to challenge each other, and to do it with intelligent thought processes and analysis? I’m looking forward to tonight’s presidential debates.

  • Shiela

    You know what I realized just recently – a large percentage of my dearest friends are on the left of the political spectrum. And they still like me despite my conservative tendencies ;) I think it’s because we can actually talk to each other nicely about things and agree to disagree and occasionally, make the each other think maybe a little differently about something (even if it does not change our minds).

  • I am just enraged and horrified that we are in this mess. Imagine what we could have done with 700 billion dollars. But I am afraid that we have no other choice at this point, because without the bailout the credit markets will freeze. We are handing our children and their children a debt hangover that they will spend their whole lives trying to emerge from.

    manager moms last blog post..Manager Mom’s Gallery Of Shame, Part 2

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