Oct 15, 2008

The Onion and the Economic Meltdown

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Like many folks, I have been in a funk about the future of my family's financial health in these uncertain economic times. The veritable avalanche of poor economic indicators, imploding stock markets, and unprecedented efforts to stave off what might be a major depression have, frankly, taken their toll on my sense of humor.

Thus it was with a hearty-but-hollow laugh that I came across The Onion's satirical take on President Bush's response to the economy. I don't want to give away the entire article, but one of my favorite passages was this one:
The plan—which many are calling Bush's most well-thought-out proposal to date—calls for citizens to abandon their daily routines entirely, and engage in a weeklong period of bloodcurdling screaming, arm flailing, dry heaving, and gnawing on one's fingers while rocking back and forth in alternating bouts of maniacal laughter and gentle sobbing.
Click and chuckle, giving yourself a brief humor break from the looming economic catastrophe that the global economy seems to be hurtling toward.

3 comments:

dr-exmedic said...

That Onion story just inspired a great joke:

Q: What do you call 50 live cobras in the Senate chamber?
A: A good start!

microdot said...

Coincidence, I just published the Onion 2001 piece on George Bush's election and pre inaugaral speech.

I ran across it googling and I couldn't be struck by the eerie alternative reality of satire..
Their attempt at satire only paled with what we have been through for the last 8 years....

It begins...
"Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over...."

Free Music said...

this is really good start