Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Infantilized by the rhetoric of crisis

It’s been a nagging concern of mine, watching the sweeping changes enacted by the Bush administration, that new government powers are put into place in the name of a crisis without a murmur of what it means for the future of this country, one whose leaders after all can stake political legitimacy on precedent. So without a doubt we should be asking, very pragmatically, what this bailout means as a function of the (at best) quixotic tax calculations that we will someday have to pay. But we shouldn’t let our very justified fears of a tax bill prevent us from asking why, once again, the American people is being infantilized by crisis rhetoric, patted on the head by CNN specials about minimizing our individual risks, and assured that even if we don’t know what is actually going on in our economy, we can comfort ourselves that, at least, the guys fixing it like baseball.
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