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Friday, March 4

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

Are most young people really and truly worried about their future social security checks or do they have dollar signs in their eyes because they falsely believe that everyone who plays the market makes big bucks? I'm guessing it's the latter. I mean, come on, did any of us make a lasting life decision in our early twenties that turned out to be our best decision? Most of us did not. Did you think about retirement seriously? Hell, most of us didn't even believe we would get old, and surely many of us didn't think we would ever actually die. That's why we drove fast, drank, and did just about everything our parents told us we shouldn't. Remember it was right about then that we wondered how anyone as stupid and behind the times as our parents had made it along the road of life as long as they had. So now, these are the people the bush administration has drawn a bead on. They are the latest targets for pie in their sky.

Remember that after 9-11 the stock market just about went belly up? After the market reopened on Sept. 17, 2001, the DOW fell 684 points, or 7.1%, to 8920. By the end of that week it had fallen 1369.7 points (14.3%), its largest one-week point drop in history. U.S. stocks lost $1.2 trillion in value for the week.

So all those twenty-something young people who think playing the market with part of their social security money will make them millionaires before they hit forty would be wise to do a little research. Of course they're going to say we won't be attacked again, and if that's their reply, they might listen to bush as he tells us that the terrorists want to hit us again and all his other bullshit that's intended to keep us in support of the war in Iraq and so scared that we wet our pants daily. He can't have it both ways. He can't say that we may be hit again and at the same time tell kids their money is safe in the market. Kinda like when he tells us he went to Iraq to fight the terrorists there instead of here, yet in the next breath tells us they are trying to attack us here. Something just isn't right. How can we be killing all of them in Iraq and yet be fearful they will attack again? Well, wait. Maybe he can have it both ways if both ways are lies.

Yesterday bush went to great pains to describe how many terrorists the US had killed by comparing bin Laden's organization to a corporate ladder. He said bin Laden was like the head of the company and the US had killed many of his CEO"s thereby weakening his organization. What bush failed to mention is that when a corporation loses a CEO, they usually replace them with another one. God knows, bush has helped bin Laden advertise that the position was available and god also knows that what we have done by invading Iraq has paid for a very large and very bold "help wanted" ad for bin Laden.

So while the twenty-something crowd is being tempted with future big bucks from the stock market, they should also be aware of present big lies from the white house.

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