I haven’t written much about the TNDP lately, Bob Corker or politics in general lately. You may be thinking, thank the Lord or ummm … why?
I haven’t had anything to say.
I will tell you that I’m really having to weigh the auto bailout’s ramifications because this area will be impacted if they aren’t helped out but on the other hand, I really hate to see bad business practices rewarded. However, I’ve been reading Don quite a bit who is a retired Goodyear worker and is our go-to guy in Hoots on VEBA, union questions and the like because he lives it. He retired from Goodyear after he had a heart transplant. And he is an activist when it comes to retiree rights. He’s even been interviewed by Newsweek regarding retirees health benefits.
I saw a commercial out of Paducah this morning where if you buy one car, you get one free. I’m not kidding. What’s that all about? And yesterday I had to get new windshield wiper blades (imagine me driving down the road with one dangling by a thread in freezing rain. Yeah, it happened) and the guy at the parts store said more people were taking better care of their cars because, he believed, folks were going to be in the same car for some time to come.
It’s a confusing time where everything must be weighed seriously. Small actions turn into larger crisis. It’s the snowball effect and we are dealing with an economic avalanche.
It’s obvious to me that Corker is playing his power cards. And yet, I’m still torn about this bailout. The libertarian in me is like “HELL NO” but the person who wants the area that I live in to survive is like “Please help.”
Goodyear also plays power games and they are making management moves in Akron. The UAW plays power games and lobbies like nobody’s business. And then the subsidies that go to foreign automobile companies also make me pause.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Everything is connected. Everything has a root system.
Last night I head some older guys talking about taking the train eight miles from one community to the next in the late 50s. There are no trains now here other than those just passing through. There are no buses. For some reason, I think this is significant.
So I have no answers this morning and I’m just thinking about how it is more than just one thing. It’s many things. I said some nice things about Corker in the past but all I see is politics at play right now.
I’m pretty sure that 2009 is going to be a defining year for the area of this country I live in. Not just here, but everywhere. I wish it was easier to define what is black and what is white.
Instead, there is a great deal of gray.