The belly of the beast

October 12, 2008 § 2 Comments

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Of course, I went to Wall Street.  I didn’t plan to, but I felt like walking and that’s where I ended up.

I was there on the afternoon that Congress passed the bailout bill.  The markets had risen slightly before tanking later in the day, and it was grey and terribly windy.  I noticed a lot of people in business attire smoking outside their buildings, and wondered how many were in the process of resuming the habit.  I was also struck by the preponderance of American flags.

Question: When do you suppose it begins to dawn upon a nation that it is in decline?

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