Just as I start to enjoy my freelance / contractor life, the reality of this shitty economy creeps up on me.
Every day I wake up and the Dow has slipped past yet another threshold, jobless claims grow, and more companies announce massive layoffs. For the first time, in a long time, I am really worried about my ability to continue getting work.
I wish I could blame someone for this, but I don’t think any single person deserves all the credit for this travesty. Besides, the culture of blame in America is the reason why we are here in the first place. Instead of taking responsibility for being where we are, a lot of people start pointing fingers. Its the auto industry, its the shady housing lenders, its the stupid Bush administration, its OPEC lousy oil production.
Well no shit.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets do something productive. Lets start building better cars, lets put in regulation to protect the consumer from misleading lending practices, lets prosecute the Bush administration for their crimes, and lets start changing our life style so that we are less dependent on foreign oil.
It’s like getting a bad beat at the poker table. When some people get a bad beat, they bitch and wine about it for hours. They blame the dealer, they blame he unholy cards, and they even blame their unlucky seat. I say, fuck that, shit happens, learn to play better. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and cry when someone steps on it.
Our economy is a donkey poker player. We obviously have no bank-roll management skills, we wagered way more than we can afford to lose, and we chose to go on all-in with a weak hand when all the odds are stacked are against us.
We got beat, now lets move on. Don’t go on tilt, don’t pass go, don’t collect 200.