It’s hard to think about photography (or much of anything else) while watching the possible collapse of the American system live on TV. I know that there are a number of people out there who don’t think anything terribly evil is going to happen if we reach August 2nd without a debt ceiling increase, but I for one disagree. I think lots of bad things could happen. I think some of them already have happened. Heck, the whole world is watching this bizarre performance, and most of them seem a lot more worried about possible outcomes than we do.
Not to mention the folks who rate the bond system. If things go badly, or even just not well enough, organizations like Moody’s could cut the U. S. triple-A rating. Think of it – we’d go from being absolutely reliable to just another shmuck in the pond in a heartbeat. It’ll be roughly the same as watching your own 800 point credit score drop to 500 or so just because you decided not to pay a few bills. And when that happens, trying to go out and buy a new car or a house gets a little tougher. Things can get a lot more difficult very quickly.
Personally, I just don’t get it. Are we as a country really this stupid?
Perhaps so. Yesterday I heard a congressmen (I forget who, but he was of the Tea Party persuasion) say that he had introduced a bill recently that would reduce the debt ceiling. Now, that’s just hard to respond to. Again, that’s like you or me saying that as of August 2nd we simply aren’t going to pay all our bills anymore. We’ll pay the interest on some loans and maybe pay the electric bill, but everything else can go to hell. How do you suppose our creditors will respond to that? Kindly? I don’t think so.
So here’s a not so friendly word to President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and all the rest of the idiots we’ve elected to take care of our business: Get it done and get it done in a way that keeps us out of this kind of mess for at least a few years. There’s lots of other stuff that needs to be taken care of. I don’t want to be listening to this crap again at Christmas. It’ll just kind of spoil the season, you know?
And if you totally screw things up and put us into default? Well, start looking for new jobs. You’ll have already lost this one.