Well, well, well, it appears that our little financial chickens have come home to roost, and to our horror, how they have multiplied! 

I’ll admit that I got a kick out of those big auto executives’ plans backfiring in their faces when they showed up in those fancy jets thinking they would get a handout and Congress said, "NO!"

Boy! Don’t faint! FOR ONCE Congress caught on!




Well, well, well, it appears that our little financial chickens have come home to roost, and to our horror, how they have multiplied! 
I’ll admit that I got a kick out of those big auto executives’ plans backfiring in their faces when they showed up in those fancy jets thinking they would get a handout and Congress said, "NO!"
Boy! Don’t faint! FOR ONCE Congress caught on!
The message that our little financial chickens are sending us is that for this nation our payday has now come and not only is our financial taskmaster making his arrival known, but he has now taken up residence and is now beginning to forcefully make his presence felt. 
In December, Toyota took its first financial loss since 1941. Even China is now beginning to be hit by this downturn and they’re not happy. 
The reason for all of this is that nature abhors a vacuum and when greed and living beyond our means completes its work, poverty, debt and bondage rush in to fill the void.
Also, we are finding out that no nation is an island.  As the nations of the western world for generations have lived beyond their own means, they have found themselves sucked into this same vacuum.
Western man all through history with some exceptions has been marked by greed, barbarity and conquest. All of these traits have worked prosperously for one class and disaster for another.  We have to realize that all things cost. 
It’s true that we were the ones attacked on 9/11, just as we were at 6:58 a.m. on December 7, 1941, and we had to fight. 
Even though we are fighting, as we have to, there is still the cost that is being added to our national debt. But if we don’t fight them over there, they’ll attack over here again.
Now let’s look at the greed and materialism of Western man and let’s also look at the billions spent on Vietnam, Cold War conflicts, the first Gulf War, the current Gulf War, Hurricane Katrina, the great flood of 1993 and so much more. 
The cold hard facts stare us in the face: Debt is here and it is not to be ignored.
So many people in government are optimistic that these bailouts will work, but I wonder.  Even if the handouts do work, which I doubt, we have other things to consider:
1.  We have a crumbling transportation system that is quickly going to require more billions fast- or else!
2.  We have a rapidly aging power grid that every year grows more and more obsolete as the load increases, more billions needed - or else!
3.  We haven’t built a new oil refinery in the U.S. since the 1970’s.  The ones we have have an ever-increasing load and are plagued by breakdowns and necessary maintenance. More billions needed- or else!
In closing, I ask where are all these billions, or perhaps trillions, going to come from? I, myself, feel that the process that all the world governments are working on is a one-world monetary system that will start out with all citizens having one of those nice plastic cards and then evolve into a computer mark in the head or hand as the Bible in the Book of Revelation predicts.
Monte W. Ash
Camdenton