I was reading on Glenn Becks internet site the other day about a book named Meltdown by Thomas E Woods jr. Apparently he postulates that there was a depression in 1920 as well as the big one in 1929, and the government didn't do anything about it -- it fixed itself. They didn't pour a whole bunch of money into the economy, they didn't try to bail anyone out -- we survived.
He also talks about a man who is an economist, who is afraid our government is going to collapse in 10 years. Was so sure of this that he moved his family out of the country so that they could see a thriving economy. I think that's the saddest thing I've ever heard.
I haven't read this book, but I figure I might have to -- it does have merit. What I'm afraid of is that after the president does his little rallying tour, he'll have talked the nation into going with his stimulus plan, and bail everyone out, while heaping tons more debt on us and it will be the straw that broke the camels back.
Glenn made a statement that it's interesting how the general public is having to cut back, big companies are having to cut back, but government and large corporations are building and spending like there is no tomorrow. Where's the responsibility? Where's the acknowledgment of fiscal intelligence? It would probably be best if you read his article because I'm probably not putting it very clearly...
A stray thought that came to me was how did this guy get this book together so quickly and have it published when it's only been headed this direction for the past year or so? Did he see it coming? Apparently he did. There have been a couple of people who have tried to warn of this situation, and no one has believed them.
I am thankful we have leaders in our church who guide us and direct us. In our meeting on Sunday, one of the Seventy was visiting family in our ward. (yes, Elder Packer has a son that lives in our ward, so the brothers were visiting) At the end of our meeting, he got up and said it was nice to spend a weekend not traveling, but he knew there was much to prepare for the following weekend -- and that he had just met with the brethren in the temple for their weekly meeting. He said there was no anxiety expressed by them. They are not worried. They are anxious that we know they love us and are praying for us, but there is not the fear that so many would have us feel.
We are guided by men of God, men who know the steady and sure influence of the spirit.
"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."
I may not be as prepared as I'd like to be, but I have less fear than perhaps many in our country because I know there is more than the fiscal problems we are facing. I hope you have that peace too.