Saturday, February 07, 2009

So When Will It Be THAT Bad?

This will not become the Sassy’s Miserable Unemployment Blog, I swear, but this little tidbit seems worth sharing.

My dad is great, really, a kind man, and he’s always been good to me. However, the man is a true believer Republican. Although our political fights aren’t personal, you can imagine they get rather heated. My parents came down from New Hampshire on Thursday, to see me and my sister (and the very, very cute little nephew). And he offered up this little pearl of wisdom:

“The economy really isn’t that bad. People just need to realize that they’ve lost nothing until they sell the stocks.”

Excuse me?

“Dad,” I said, “your DAUGHTER just lost her job. Her date lost his job. Several of her friends are looking for work. Exactly when does it get to be THAT bad?”

Fuuuuuuuuck.

Then my mom decided to chime in with her two cents about the stimulus package and how Obama was bankrupting America.

Then snotty little me said, “Funny, I didn’t hear you saying anything at all about money when we spent all this money on unnecessary wars. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the last eight years.”

Civility eventually returned, but the whole thing really turned my head.

5 comments:

gimme a minute said...

People find it tough to admit they're wrong, I think. Especially to their children.

I don't have this problem, never being wrong.

dive said...

She's back and she's Sassy.

Scout said...

On one hand, I'm glad to see you back in the neighborhood. On the other hand, though, I'm so sorry you've lost your job. There's no point arguing this stuff, especially with family.

I hope you find another job really soon, Sassy.

Terroni said...

The economy really is that bad.

Medical education is suffering, too. People have lost their jobs and their insurance. They're not coming to their doctors appointments. Students aren't seeing patients. The other day in neuro clinic, only two people showed up.

If this continues for very long, when people do go back to the doctor, there is a chance their doctor will have trained without much actual supervised practice.

(insert Debbie Downer noise)

Conan Drumm said...

Yup, the emperors have no clothes. And they're in denial.