Like a gut-shot caribou, the Year 2010 staggers out bleeding, making way for what I hope will be a better 2011.
Not holding out much hope, though...
We all know who the really big winners were this year. Those people who own places like this:
Somehow the wealthiest 2% of the nation managed to keep the ridiculous Bush tax giveaways for at LEAST another two years; which will obviously be permanent, because there's no way Congress will ever fail to renew it.
It still staggers my imagination that we spent the entire 1990s at the old tax rate and our nation managed to thrive and prosper; yet during the ten years of Bush's tax cuts, we shed jobs and opportunity to a level not seen since the Great Depression. Everyone who fought against the repeal said we'd lose millions of jobs if we went back to the old rate.
How does that possibly make any sense?
This year's losers:
Middle class Americans. Like these people, who apparently just stepped out of a time machine from the 1950s.
We got the shittiest possible health care reform; nothing to show for the bank bailouts (unless you happen to be a teller in one of the banks, then you're possibly still employed), minimal help from the stimulus package, and no promise of things getting better any time soon.
But, it pays to be famous. Some people are still laughing all the way to the bank:
UPDATE: Once again, I made it through the entire year without making a single mistake writing the date. That's about 6 out the last 10 years that I managed to get it perfect! Today was my last chance to screw up (filling out the release form at the Bridgeport Shooting Range) and as I wrote 12/31/2010, I knew I'd accomplished something absolutely meaningless!