Yesterday I read the linked article in the NYT.
Everything he said I agreed with strongly. The environment is the top priority --of course. No bailout for the automakers except as a subsidy for environmentally friendly transportation --yes. A tax on gasoline --please. The baby boomers = "The Greediest Generation" --ha ha, yes!
But it was this sentence that stuck with me:
Our kids should be so much more radical than they are today. I understand why they arenâ€™t. Theyâ€™re so worried about just getting a job or paying next semesterâ€™s tuition. But we must not take their quietism as license to do whatever we want with this bailout cash. They are going to have to pay this money back
That woke me up. I'm not complacent and I try never to be passive, but it hadn't occurred to me that there was anything I could do to shape a policy like the automaker bailout. Yet at age 33, I can't sit around like John Mayer and wait for someone to ask my opinion on the matter. So what's my next step?