We’re broke, darlin’ (again)

December 2, 2008

I’m toying with the idea of taking a vacation over Mr. Obama’s inauguration. One, it’s close to my birthday, and two, for the first time I just don’t want to watch. Thinking about going here, hiking, drinking a lot of bourbon in front of the fireplace, and watching the Meramec River flow by. Right this second, heading into hard times, I have a hard time justifying the luxury and expense, especially when I should be saving up for a Gulch of my own, but we’ll see, especially if I get a bonus this Christmas.

Mr. Obama spent part of today picking his cabinet. It’s true, Clinton’s in as SecState (and, horrors, the Clenis may get his wife’s New York Senate seat). There was a moment of comedy in the press conference today when a reporter asked him about him saying during the campaign that Clinton was unqualified (which, coming from Mr. Obama, is comedic in itself). I suspect these two will give right wingers a cause to smile in the coming years. Gates as SecDef looked distinctly uncomfortable, but he’s an honorable man and probably wants to see the troops home with honor and whatever semblance of victory Mr. Obama will allow them. Apparently they’ve decided to bring Vice President-Elect Biden out from whatever undisclosed location he was in, too, which is nice for the holidays.

Susan Rice as cabinet-level representative to the UN is probably the most horrifying choice Mr. Obama’s made so far, but maybe she can’t do a lot of damage in that spot. Apparently, she was one of the State Department wonks who stopped the plan for Sudan to turn bin Laden over to the US. I am uncomfortable with UN delegate being a cabinet-level position, but it DOES make it obvious where Mr. Obama stands, so that’s something. I see nothing to indicate that Governor Napolitano is qualified to be head of the Department of Homeland Security, but she may surprise. I’m withholding judgment on Holder.

It snowed last night–accumulated just a bit on the grass. That’s pretty unusual for St. Louis for December 2. It also happened immediately after I dropped a bundle getting my car detailed. Grrrr. The alignment of the moon, Venus, and Jupiter today was pretty nifty.

Vital stats: Dow down 680 to 8149 (down 1479 points since Mr. Obama was elected), gas $1.59 a gallon; silver down $.90 to $9.36 an ounce (yeek). The folks responsible for such things noted today that we’ve been in a recession since December 2007.

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