Friday, July 27, 2007

Shabbat Ideas - July 27, 2007

Readership is way down and now I know a few of the people I write about online and that is cool so here are my Shabbat Thoughts for July 27, 2007.

Playboy and Rambam, No Kidding.
$286 billion pie that is always cooked the same way
From Hillary for President: “Would you believe that The Washington Post wrote a 746-word article on Hillary's cleavage?” (But now they want to make money off her body too…)
Clothes? Make up? Cleavage? What's really important in this race?
Darfur Movie of the Week

I had a trying week for no good reason. Was in a crappy mood and not much has been able to change that. Work was tough, class was annoying, and I didn’t take advantage of restaurant week.

I was going to write about the Congo, but no one else does so I am not going to do the research to cover it. I was going to write about the YouTube debate but it seems like no one really cares about that either. Something about Israel? Depressing. Something about Jews? Boring. Something about New York? Nah. Relationship? No one wants to hear it.

So money. Everyone likes money. The stock market seems to be going down a bit and experts are saying the housing market is to blame…hmmmm where have I heard that before?

OH yeah I talked about it a few months ago.

The mortgage markets, because of drastically unregulated interest rates and lack of clear regulations, have started to crumble leading to defaults on record numbers of home loans, including Prime Rate holders. Here is to the American dream.

Now, I am just upset about these problems because they are not only costing people money, they are costing people their lives. I feel like if we are to set up a strong economy it must be based on some set of principles. I love economic theoretic principles ones as long as those implementing them remember that people are not fluid commodities.

People need to be connected to families who need to eat and live in shelter and go to school and the doctor. But this aspect of the economy will never be covered in the Wall Street Journal or Forbes. As we look at all the things we don’t want to talk about this week, remember that it usually has to do with people suffering because we are too busy or lazy to care. It is the American Dream on the line and people’s lives at stake. It is time to care about the impact of our economic choices.

Shabbat Shalom

3 comments:

Jack's Shack said...

You do realize that many of the people who are having trouble paying their mortgages are responsible for their own problems.

We live in a nation of people who live beyond their means.

Liberal Jew said...

True, but the rules tend to favor the banks not the people trying to live the in what the President called "an ownership society."

phil_in_ny said...

To a point. We also live in a country where certain people get trapped in a poverty cycle, not able to attend college and so on.
Some states don't have opportunity laws.