OK. Lets face it. The US Empire is crumbling as evidenced by the business failures of GM, Ford and Chrysler. It's not as if they didn't have a warning, twice, with two gasoline price shocks in the 1970s. Big gas guzzlers are dopey.
Unfortunately, Empires are dopey, which is why history is littered with tales of their demise. But I get ahead of myself.
Just as many of us saw this bubble burst coming, we also saw the unpopularity of the Proud American gas guzzler coming. I'm convinced that picking up the phone and talking to the people in charge, if you can get thru to them, is what we need to do. They are firgg'n out of touch. Any one of us could waltz in, learn the administrivia and be 10k ahead of them on the Big Picture. So, we could call. Offer our advice. Make Friends. Influence the idiots... er, I mean, the Titans of Industry (Financial for the most part).
ERrrr..... Anger is an acceptable response in this historic moment. Now is when we must reflect on the wisdom of the Ghandis and Kings.
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