There’s been lots of Emails running down the wires from my dining table to the White House- www.whitehouse.gov/contact for all you newcomers to the Internet machine. I’ve been telling Barack (I’ve sent enough Emails that we’re on a first name basis now) how from my house, it isn’t a possible second recession; it’s a damn depression. Everything but the hobos, I’ve told him. Of course no politician will even whisper the word, for fear we’ll vote the bums out.The “D” word was finally mentioned this month on the Colbert Report by Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize winning economist. He called this a “lesser depression,” but still, yes, we are in a depression.Like the Great Depression, the huddled masses need distraction to deal with the discomfort of the times. In the 30’s, it was the Silver Screen. Movies were the weekly escape. Mr. Krugman suggested that I pads were today’s distraction. Now, Mr. Krugman and Mr. Colbert both got it wrong suggesting that Esther Williams movies entertained movie-goers of the 1930’s- my mom immediately corrected me on that. He has a point, though. We need distractions to keep us from going crazy during the current depression, with accompanying drought, wildfires, and the insanity in Washington.So, thank you, Steve Jobs, you came along at just the right time.
B. Diane Eames