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I’m Pessimistically Optimistic.

1/1/2010   Comment on This

I’m Pessimistically Optimistic.

It’s not a joke – its how many people feel. You want to get excited about a new year and new possibilities and you “hope” for a “change” in the economy.

On the other hand, we’ve gone through a pretty rough couple of years so you’re not letting your guard down that easy. While Pinkus is the champion of “get off your ass” and “go for it” – I’m the official spokesperson for “look before you leap”.

You may or may not know of a company called Intel. They make the main processing chips in the majority of our computers. For many years, Andy Grove was the leader and driving force behind Intel’s dominance of the computer chip industry and he wrote a book called: “Only the Paranoid Survive”.

I like the sound of that – it’s a great lesson of caution and preparedness.

I’m not saying things aren’t on the upswing and I acknowledge that the future looks brighter. Instead, I’m saying lets keep a more careful eye on the assholes that got us here. People like Bernie Madoff and companies like Enron or AIG get most of the press but our stupid politicians set the stage for what really happened.

They are morons and/or manipulators who will say anything to get in power and stay there.

They vote on things that they don’t read and don’t understand.

We have people in congress that couldn’t balance a checkbook voting on how to raise and spend trillions of dollars. How is anyone surprised when everything doesn’t work out?

You know how when you have a problem with your phone service, the first person you talk to is an idiot and they transfer you to a manager (also an idiot) and after an hour of complaining you finally get through to a smart person who really knows what’s going on and fixes your problem?

Well, there is no “back room” of smart people backing up congress. The people you voted for that you see on TV are the ones making the decisions. Their number one consideration for how they do their job is manipulating the system so they stay in power.

It’s like letting your goofy neighbor take a shot at fixing a space shuttle engine with duct tape and a hammer. He means well. He “hopes” he can figure it out. He knows he’s fixed things before –so he’s optimistic.

But he’s seriously under qualified and you know it.

If you let him do it anyway because you get caught up in his optimism – you’re the cause of our problems.

So have a successful 2010 thusly:

  • Use what you know wisely to your advantage
  • Continuously educate yourself about what you don’t know but should
  • And... when a guy tries to sell you magic beans, realize that you don’t live in "fairy tale land" and vote appropriately

Always remember that talking about great things is very different from being great.

 

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