It’s all relative: a cup of coffee and the economy

by Anna Blanch on December 1, 2008

The whole world is whipping itself into a frenzy. The economy is bad, and it’s only going to get worse. At least as far as i am concerned things don’t seem much different to me, but when you live the way I do that’s hardly a suprise (though it is admittedly also a choice). I’ve been much amused by Lisa Nicol’s “Hold onto your hat dear, we’re receding” which presents an Australian veiwpoint, and one which is fabulously insightful.

In a similar vein, but with an eye to middle America, I’ve asked a friend, Kelsey Jones, a talented young writer who you can find over at her blog, Made for Another World, to contribute to Goannatree with a guest post on this issue which I think you will enjoy.

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Dear U.S. Government,

I am writing to you in a time of great strife and need. As a college student, I am understandably experiencing some hefty financial strains. You see, I only get so much allowance a week from my parents, and the savings are running a little low, and so I’ve had to sacrifice quite a lot lately. I’m having to buy generic milk instead of name-brand. (There’s quite a taste difference to the refined tongue.) Instead of getting two $5 cups of coffee every day, I’ve had to reduce my intake to four cups a week. I know you may be a little shocked, but that’s just how terrible the situation has become.

Could you please give me a bailout sum of no less that $4 trillion dollars? It’s going to be absolutely necessary in order for me to continue life as I know it, and I think I would much prefer to have you artificially mitigate my situation than try and glean whatever valuable lesson I can from this little predicament. I mean, you gave the financial system a boost, and what with the auto industry hopping into the handout game and all, I figure, hey, why not me? I know that such a large amount may be more than you can handle, but from what I can tell, you all up in D.C. have the singular blessing of being able to spend money when you don’t really have any.

Also, I think that with such a large sum of money in my possession, I will undoubtedly be eligible for status as a commercial bank. Don’t you think so?

Thank you so much for your prompt and immediate attention to my situation.

Warmest regards,

Kelsey


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I’d be interested in what you think of Kelsey’s take on the situation – that’s what comments are for.

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