Just imagine at some point in 2006, someone had had the courage to say, “This real estate bubble is getting out of hand, someone ought to put a lockdown on these crazy mortgages.”
What if someone in the senate, or in the financial industry had had the courage to say, “I don’t care if you call me a racist, it’s insane for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be backing mortgages to people who will never pay them back and we’re going to put a stop to it!”
What if an auto-industry executive had had the courage to say, “These gold-plated UAW contracts are killing our industry. We have to take a stand.”
What if the Illinois media had had the courage to take a good hard look at Rod Blagojavich back when he was running in 2002 and 2006, instead of looking the other way so the Democrat would win?
What if George W. Bush had had the courage to say, in 2003, “I don’t care what the International community thinks, we’re gonna take out that Muqtada al Sadr creep before his little rebellion develops into a full-blown insurgency.”
A few small acts of courage might have made this country a much different place.
So, is anyone now going to have the courage to say, “We have to stop these bailouts before they can bankrupt the country.”
Will anyone have the courage to say, “Massive government spending on infrastructure has never worked as a solution to a depressed economy.”
Will anyone have the courage to say, “We can not, under any circumstances, allow Iran to become a nuclear power… even if it means war.”
So, how much worse off will we be in the next four years over the lack of courage and political will so evident now?