A Banquet of Consequences

I wrote last night about the evolving economy…. what with the stimulus et al.  I’m bummed that this is eating massively into President Obama’s first hundred days. This is not a problem that is going to be solved in 100 days, but doing something about it (and that something will never be very effective, comprehensive or pleasing to everyone) has become the focus of his first days in office. The economy would be any responsible president’s #1 legislative priority. But given that the problem won’t be solved soon… I hope they can find a way to move on.

Re-reading what I wrote last night I am reminded that a) I sometimes sound like a total nutter, and b) sooner or later we sit down to a banquet of consequences. (That phrase isn’t mine, but I can’t remember whose it is.)

We benefited from being on the forefront of globalization for some time. Now the whole globe is catching up to the reality that efficiency only does so much. Global trade has fueled investment/development, and U.S. manufacturing has suffered. There is no silver bullet for this. We’ve won, and lost, at the same time. And it’s not just us. I saw on the news last night that Nissan is cutting several thousand jobs. This is not just about us.

I suggested in the last post that when the internal combustion engine comes around, the people who make carriages are gonna go down. I think there is a parallel there. Just that we’re the ones who got people into the engines, and now they – not just ‘we‘- are making em. Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.

I just found the quote, by the way: it’s Robert Louis Stevenson. And it would seem I am not the only one to find it applies to people eventually being tagged for the stupid things they do.

Author: Robert Bettmann

Founder of Day Eight, and the DC Arts Writing Fellowship.