Well here’s a little good news.
The zombies were dealt a setback this week. Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, beat back the public employees’ unions in a recall election.
We don’t usually touch politics here at Markets and Money. We don’t have a pair of rubber gloves thick enough. But when a politician balances a state budget without raising taxes it is noteworthy. It is even more noteworthy when he has cut back on zombie expenses…and then is able to hold his own when the zombies counterattack!
It might even lead some observers to imagine that Mitt Romney might win the presidential election and that he might turn out to be a zombie-killer too. Others go so far as to think the tables have been turned against the zombies, generally.
We’d like to believe it. But history is a long, sad tale of strong leaders doing the wrong thing, not the right thing. If they did the right thing there wouldn’t be so much history. No big wars…no great revolutions…no economic catastrophes.
If history can count on leaders to do the wrong thing so can we.
Mitt Romney is no threat to the zombies. In fact, he’s already pledged to give them more fresh meat. That’s right, he says he’ll send more resources to the US military – the biggest zombie organization on the planet. Why does Mitt think the Pentagon is a little short? Because some of the most powerful lobbyists and biggest campaign donors say so! What more proof could you want?
As to the un-armed zombies, we haven’t seen Mitt declare himself one way or the other. He seems to have no fixed positions; he’ll go where the zombies push him. Just like Barack Obama.
But it probably doesn’t make any difference. For every successful fight against the zombies, such as the one just won by Scott Walker, there are hundreds or thousands of skirmishes, ambushes, and pitched battles where, when the dust settles, zombies are the only ones still standing.
*** Yesterday, we sat in our local Ford dealer’s office while our truck got serviced. Keeping an eye on the TV screen in the waiting room, we noticed no fewer than three zombie ads within a 15-minute period. Two of them were for lawyers. One at 1-800-299-HURT offers to sue someone for you if you were in a traffic accident or a victim of medical malpractice. The other, at 1-800-THE-FIRM, said that if you were injured on the job or in a store, there was a good chance that the business was responsible.
The third advertisement appealed directly to the zombie instinct. It was for a company that calls itself “Disability Associates,” a group that makes a business out of getting people firmly into zombiedom, where they are fully supported by the rest of us.
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