Anxiety 2.0 is the only way to describe the end of the fifth month of economic uncertainty. I’ve heard of Web 2.0 and HTML 2.0—-supposedly a second generation of the original software, new and improved.
Trying to think about the future with one’s head and not one’s stomach is the phrase on a prepackaged birthday greeting card from a mutual fund company sent to me recently. As impersonal as it was, it is a good phrase. Anxiety 1.0 was all stomach. Anxiety 2.0, in place since the Inauguration, appears to be more head, but, honestly…? It could be numbness, too. I can’t tell which.
But, I do remember that some of the pundits who are wringing their hands today at the sweep of the new budget and the seismic jolt it is sending through Wall Street, medical insurance companies, and political ends of the spectrum, were once also wondering aloud if President Obama was going to be able to strike big enough, boldly enough AND soon enough (they made a big point of that) in order to produce America 2.0.
Well, put a check mark by that big bold and fast thing, would you?
And, better fasten your seat belts, while you’re at it. I voted for change, America. 52% of us did. And, the candidate of the other 48% said he was a “change” candidate, too.
Well, here it is brothers and sisters– this change thing.
And, leaving aside the total “in the tank” belief I have for the guy, I am also hoping that a little of that change comes my way so I can live through this birthing of America 2.0 with my head and not my stomach.
But, hey. Let’s look on the bright side. Anxiety meds just got cheaper.
©Pat Coakley 2009
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