The week started out OK. We bought the turkey Sunday, and invited our in-laws over for Thanksgiving Thursday. The oven stopped working Monday night. Getting a repairman to show up was next Monday at the earliest. So I had to fix it myself. The dinner went off without a hitch. My son, just before flying back to college, brought out the turkey wish-bone and we each made a wish and pulled. The results are in the picture below.
My son and I started a discussion on how we should determine who was going to be granted their wish. About the only thing we could conclude was that either we were each entitled to our wish being granted or neither wish would be granted. We smiled and didn’t reveal what we had wished for (It can’t come true if you do).
This wish-bone represents unexpected results where there are no rules to determine a winner. This is what we are facing in the economy after the election, uncertainty and a lack of rules. Zero interest rates, 8 percent inflation, 18% unemployment and everyone gets the right to own a home. Of course if you are rich, Obama wants half of your earnings, maybe they’ll make an exception for basketball and football players. Then there is the health care tax on poor people, kind of like social security and Medicare, where you can’t opt out.
What will happen next to our economy? Probably a lot more of the unexpected, but when you think about it, that’s all we expect lately, just more of it. The one good thing about a depression, when you’re that far down, its all up from there. The trouble is, we are not there yet!
Reality is standing in line to buy a Power Ball ticket--are you feeling lucky? Did I forget to mention, there will only be one or two winners? Maybe that's why I like wish-bones, there are more winners.
Copyright 2012 by Jim Brubaker