Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seashells and Balloons

As the Obama administration gets going, it seems like everyone's major concern is the economy. What people seem to be forgetting is that if you've got a regular job- 93 percent of Americans do- a recession can be a wonderful place. Examples:

The waits at chain restaurants like Chili's, Friday's and Appleby's  used to be 30 minutes. Now that wait is down to 15 (on a weeknight, anyway).

Fewer people working mean fewer cars on the road, translating to less rush hour traffic and an easier commute. 

Stores closing mean more "going out of business" sales, which means you can pick up incredible deals.

People are turning to E-Bay and Craig's List to sell items needed to afford basic necessities. Again, a huge money saving opportunity over buying retail.

Stocks are incredibly cheap. Buy now, benefit later.

Those are just a few examples from a brain that's only been awake for less than an hour. I'm sure you can suggest more. Just trying to stay positive here.

Oh, and just the fact that the economy is far and away the number one concern is a credit to how well the Bush administration did in protecting the country from another terrorist attack. I really don't think any of us understand how difficult that must have been.

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