September 26, 2008
Woody Allen or Spike Lee?
If we decided to make a movie focused on the credit meltdown, would we go for Woody or Spike? I would go with Woody because it must be a comedy--no one would believe a serious rendition. A few items to consider. Where did the $700 billion figure come from? Turns out a Treasury Department employee pulled it out of the air! "We wanted a really big number," was the response to the question following other estimates of $200 billion-$400 billion.
Then, with Don Rickles playing president Bush, he says, "If money isn't loosened up, this sucker could go down." (I am not making this up. Bush said that.)
Paulson, played by Jack Nicholson, dreams of unprecedented and non-reviewable power, but our boy Jack is dreaming of Sarah Palin. Just before a nice candlelight dinner, Palin (Diane Keaton), runs into a CBS anchor and says, "It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there...next to our state." Whoa Nelly!
(And didyaknow? Canada is on our other border, and they take war resistors! It is not easy up here!)
Now you will join me in picking Woody Allen? (Oh, and Bill Clinton plays McCain...)
And the most humorous part will be the effort by McCain (Clinton) to use a D.C. crisis to duck the presidential debate. Problem--he runs into 535 egos and gets knocked on his pratt trying to get between Senator Shelby and an NBC camera. He pulls himself together with help from old "kiss on the cheek" Lieberman, and shouts "I did it. I did it."
Here is my take. No one, and I mean no one, believes Bush. He used fear to sell the Patriot Act; fear to get us into Iraq; fear to take us to the edge of bombing Iran, and now fear is his only weapon in this crisis. Enough!
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