Even the markets are failing to whip up much enthusiasm this time around.

September 14, 2011 – Ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause until after the curtain falls. Catcalls, on the other hand, are appropriate at any time. But now, the intermission.

I’d like to take this opportunity to put a little pizzazz into what promises to be another dreary display of Keynesian claptrap by minds unalterably locked onto a track heading off to the horizon in completely the wrong direction.

Even the markets are failing to whip up much enthusiasm this time around. America is getting bored with the Vaudeville act and would just as soon watch something different – anything, just as long as its different. It’s called insanity when you keep doing the same things expecting different results and although we may be slow, we aren’t nuts.

Unfortunately we also want our cake after we have eaten it. We too need a reality check, so here goes, the Reader’s Digest version for the attention impaired: The government is broken. The economy is broken. The former can’t fix the latter. We broke them and only we can fix them.

That’s right. If Americans joined forces we could put anybody we choose in Congress and the White House to do whatever we tell them to do. And we could put people there who actually have a clue about what went wrong. Instead we let the wing nuts sway us nonsensical but appealing rhetoric and the big money steamroller right over us.

It is claimed that one needs tons of money to get elected, but why is that? For one thing, we have to be spoon fed everything from the boob tube, and TV time doesn’t come cheap. But we also have instant access to the internet, where political diatribe is abundant and free. With the slightest of efforts it is easy to sort out the chaff and verify the truths. But we can’t be bothered.

Here’s what I think we need to do to get a real recovery going: Wake up and smell the coffee. Quitcher bitchin and get serious about putting the right people in charge. Start thinking and stop believing everything we read and hear. Break the gossip chain – verify “facts” before passing them on. And when election time comes, bully our way right past big money.

Well, the intermission is over. I give you the Bearded Soothsayer and his Wall Street Wizards! Enjoy the show.

Kevin Johnson

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