Mr. Obama, does your concept of “change” include the possibility that we may have to live very differently in this society?
Chances are, if Mr. O knows any of these things he might be crucified in the polls and the media by acknowledging them. The only “change” that America really wants to hear about is evicting George Bush from the White House. They’re sick of him and all the disturbance he has caused in their financial affairs. But beyond that, the American public is deathly afraid of the kind of changes we actually face — such as, the end of the consumer culture, the gross loss of value in suburban real estate (which forms the bulk of the middle class’s private wealth), the prospect of food and fuel scarcities, the need to re-localize our lives, the need to physically shape up to stop the costly and unnecessary drain on our medical resources, to grow more of our own food, to work harder at things that actually matter, and to save whatever we can for a difficult future.
Simplify your life NOW. Live without debt, put yourself in a place where you can enjoy public transportation, buy a bag of rice a week, entertain frugal recipes, reconnect with your neighbors … get back to living.