All of the important people have been talking about the recession lately. And though it’s important to note, you have to admit it has become a drag; everyone knows it. Recession-talk is a drag on current events, conversation, and life in general. So imagine what that kind of rhetoric does to the economy.
Yet these conversations are taking place everywhere, and with input from everyone – qualified or not. These conversations are happening in boardrooms, classrooms, and living rooms as Americans of all demographics begin to understand the humbling realities of a down economy.
Budgets are being cut, people are losing jobs, and students are losing aid and gaining debt – to say America is unconsciously trimming the fat would be an understatement.
At this point, it is understood that America has become chubby and the effects of hauling so much weight around has left us exhausted. It would be smart for us to lose some of the weight.
Everyone wants change. We all want things to get better, but we don’t want to do the work. It is not a class thing or a pride thing. It doesn’t even alter or define our patriotism or commitment to this country. It only means that we don’t like to work. But, then again, there is not a whole lot of work left.
The news media reports volatile and unpredictable markets daily. It seems that we don’t really need anyone to tell us, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
And, if we know this as students, the old suits in New York and Washington also know this. Or, at least they should. But what gets me is that it has become as public as it has. It is really a matter for the backrooms and closed chamber discussions.
The news media and thirsty politicians have become so desperate for exposure that they will talk about anything that satisfies their needs – to gain the exposure they need in order to stay in power. Their time has come, but not before they exorcise old demons and begin cleaning out the closet for the next generation.
One of the many keys to fixing the economy is to contain attacks on it. To do that requires a well-armed PR campaign to promote the many small progresses and innovations that are taking place in this economy. This will inspire others to do the same.
In what has been called “the information age,” it is no secret that there are many benefits to an informed public. However, ignorance is bliss, and all information is not good information.
Recession-talk should be limited to the people with the real knowledge, people who can actually solve the problem. The rest of us should hear the good news of a government working to fix the economy in concert with private business owners, corporate CEOs, and qualified economists who are orchestrated by a president who embraces capitalism and its positive effects on our democracy.
Dull recession-talk must be pushed away by allied business owners backed by a government promoting innovation and progress to motivate the country. This will inspire the rest of us.
However, on a more personal note, we students want to be ensured that we can pursue our goals in education and in our chosen careers without crippling gas prices, excessive tuition, and the accumulation of stifling debt.
The old-suits at the top need to go to the boards and begin work, work that is essentially closed and quiet – work in places where pride and egos cannot be inflamed, and where politicians don’t risk re-election chances.