Thursday, November 13, 2008

Let It Be

Today's blog entry is in my usual disjointed fashion and on top of that I go political on you today..

First off, I can see in the near future that a proposition will appear on the ballot (most likely California, though other states will soon follow suit) in which voters are asked to decide whether or not a circle can be defined as having four sides. Let's call it "Proposition O."

Proponents of the measure will argue that it is discriminatory against circles that they cannot have sides. It also lowers their self-esteem, and what kind of civilized society is so cruel as to continue to restrict the rights of circles? Circles have rights and feelings, just like the next shape.

Opponents of the measure will argue that a circle is a circle by definition, and to call it a square is ludicrous. It has nothing to do with discrimination or rights or cruelty or self-esteem, that's just the way it is.

Proposition O will go down to defeat because the majority of people still feel that a circle is a circle and a square (or rectangle) is still a square (or rectangle). Upon examining the ballots, however, proponents will call for a recount because some voters marked their ballots with a "yes" next to "Proposition [ ]" of which there was no such proposition but the argument will be they thought they were voting the square for the circle.

Along with that measure will be one about the "Teenage Bailout." There are millions of teens in this world who overspend and use up their allowances way too quickly, leaving them without lunch money as well as money to use for Starbucks, etc.

Ignoring this situation is bad for the economy. Since we know that the teen market is one of the most lucrative in terms of propping up the retail industry, for the members of this demographic to not have money to pump into the economy is a sure recipe for disaster.

The Teenage Bailout measure, if passed, would force parents to provide enough money for their teenagers to continue their habitual spending habits unabated, thus ensuring that the fragile economy of this country doesn't crash.

Other possibilities from the measure include making adults who don't have any teenagers contribute funds when the actual parents are in a bankrupt position. States could also issue bonds for emergency situations in which Apple or Nintendo issue new devices that are deemed too expensive for immediate parental expenditure because of food, clothing and housing needs.

Those teens who actually work to earn the money they spend may be appalled at first but soon they will join the train and have their hands out like the rest of their peers if the measure succeeds. If successful, the Teen Bailout will ensure that no teen will ever have to toss and turn at night wasting time planning how to allocate their limited resources because the wallet will be there if need be (the "no teen left behind act"). Retailers will breathe a sigh of relief and lobbyists will be reassured that there is indeed a place for them in this society.

That's it for being divisive, at least for today.

I've been reflecting upon everything as of late and have concluded I am making myself unnecessarily busy and am only harassing myself. It's time to simply chill out and go with the flow - let the soundtrack be Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate to the Wind instead of edgy Blues Magoos or Electric Prunes-type music.






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