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Drastic measures needed to help survive sinking economy

Published: October 25, 2013

Are we arranging deck chairs on our Titanic? Our passenger ship, the U.S.S. Present Economy, is taking on water and sinking rapidly. Unlike the Titanic, we have just enough lifeboats for all passengers who presently need to go and board them. The lower levels are full of water already, and we have no way of keeping the ship from sinking. We can only survive in the lifeboats and build another ship.

Our problem is that so many are still waiting in the buffet line in the dining hall, complaining that the lifeboats have no buffet. Others keep focusing on arranging the deck chairs for comfortable relaxing in the sun and snoozing. They don't notice the picturesque ocean is getting closer to their deck level, soon to be submerged. Still others are on the dance floor enjoying the music or out playing various games on the ship. Ignoring the ship's alarm to board the lifeboats is no longer a viable option.

Drastic, prudent changes are needed. The issue is no longer what is desirable but what is survivable. We have enough lifeboats for everyone. We will not be as comfortable as we were on board the ship, but we will be above the waterline. We will suffer the loss of the ship. We can build another ship that does float.

Larry Baker, Moore


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