Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Riddance to 2009 and the Whole Blipping Decade

Thank goodness this decade - the Oughts, the Zeros - is over! It was truly awful. Just think about all the catastrophes America has been through.
  • Bush was inaugurated after stealing the election. I wasn't thrilled but I had no idea how bad he would be.
  • Shortly thereafter, September 11 totally destroyed our sense of security and issued in the Islamic fundamentalist war against America.
  • We suffered through two wars: the war of choice against Iraq which just increased the number of Islamic fanatics who hate America - and the war in Afghanistan which was so terribly bungled that it is not only still ongoing but threatens our nation's security.
  • There have been continued terrorist attacks all over the world - they can appear anywhere at any time.
  • We started the decade with the bursting of "tech bubble" and ended it with a near total economic catastrophe. In between we had other economic disasters like Enron, WorldCom, etc. And don't forget all those big name companies that either disappeared or went bankrupt.
  • The American Dream is disappearing. Middle class incomes declined during the decade, and unemployment rose. Housing values plummeted. The price of gas kept growing. The number of Americans without health insurance increased steadily, along with overall health care costs. The percentage living below the poverty line increased significantly, and the gap between the richest and the poorest got wider and wider.
  • Then the disaster that affected us the most - Katrina and the bungling of the federal government.
  • We had more mass murders and school shootings than any other decade - from the DC Sniper to the VA Tech shootings to the Ft Hood massacre.
  • We even had endless scandals involving politicians and sports heroes - too numerous to mention.
It wasn't a good decade for me personally either. I endured cancer, divorce, and major financial setbacks. This New Year's Eve, more than any other, I am really looking forward to a new year - and a new decade. It can't be much worse, and there are many signs it might be a whole lot better. Starting next year (tomorrow), I'll be looking for those positive signs and making the most of them.

PS. I highly recommend this moving photographic essay of the decade which has been put together by the New York Times using photographs submitted by its readers.


Elizabeth said...

Casey Ann! You tell it like it is, girl. An excellent post and a good way to start the new year by reflecting on failures of the past.

Have a great 2010 and see you in March!

Art Vandalay said...

I'll agree that it wasn't the "best decade" but it wasn't the worst as the 70s would probably top as one of the worst.

It surprises me none that you would blame Bush for most of the economic mess, etc. when it was Democrats who refused to acknowledge the housing issue with Fannie and Freddie. As for Enron, etc., let's not forget they were cheating during the Clinton years and caught during the Bush years. The internet BOOM of the 90s was nothing more than hot air exposed during the Bush years. The economic ride of the Clinton years was a mere mirage that blew up during the Bush years, PERIOD. It was joke.

And please, BUSH DIDN"T steal an election, he won it. DEMS tried to steal it in the courts like they did with Al Franken in Minnesota. So end that ridiculous argument please, it's annoying. Get over it already.