We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto

Is anyone else feeling some classic movie deja vu? As the economy keeps going through free fall, I keep thinking about The Wizard of Oz.

Is President Obama the Dorothy character, having found himself in a predicament, making allies with mutual interests along the yellow brick road, leading by facilitating the group’s strengths while managing the groups’ weaknesses? Or is he the Wizard, a booming voice standing behind the curtain? Time will tell. Of course, I am rooting for ruby basketball sneakers.

The lollipop guild: Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner, Larry Summers

Glinda the Good Witch:  Michelle, of course

Wicked Witch of the West: This is a hard one. So many witches. Senator Mitch McConnell comes to mind. So does Congressman Eric Cantor. Artistically speaking – couldn’t you just see Governor Sarah Palin in the role?

Auntie Em: Governor Kathleen Sebelius has to play one of the roles. She is from Kansas, after all!

Cowardly Lion: The American public. Given the right leadership to take us through this quagmire, we will use the strength we don’t quite see in ourselves at the moment. But it is important to recognize fear in order to combat the inevitable side affect – callousness and the urge to create a scapegoat. It’s too easy to blame the weakest amongst us. Billionaire CEO’s are counting on us turning on ourselves rather than the real culprits. Let’s not do that. The assembly line worker making $80k is not the enemy. The mother applying for food stamps to feed her children certainly isn’t.

Scarecrow: Right now it doesn’t seem like many in leadership have a brain. I’m hoping this role is filled by Congress. Enough with Republicans telling us that individuals are better equipped to handle a global economic melt-down. Congress – YOU HAVE A BRAIN! I swear it. There are some smart people in DC working on policy. We elected you to lead – so do it! Ambition and power aside, this is the wonderful burden you asked for. The public can help by not giving you an exit from the yellow brick road.

Tinman: There is no easy casting for this role. Governors and local elected officials are going to have to grow a heart. I went to Washington thinking I’d work on big problems that affect the nation. Turns out, all politics really is local. The most good or the most damage can be done by local government.

Flying Monkeys: Is there any question? Republicans!

I will end my commentary a little differently today. In honor of the theme, here is my rendition of Over the Rainbow:

Somewhere over the Dow Jones
Way up over 7,000 points
There’s an economy that I heard of once in a free market

If happy little CEO’s fly corporate jets beyond the rainbow
Why oh why can’t I?

Somewhere over the Dow Jones
Bankers haven’t a clue
And the American dreams that you dare to dream really won’t come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a stimulus package
And wake up where the bankruptcies are far behind me
Where troubles melt like gas per gallon
A way above the shovel ready projects

That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the Dow Jones
Bankers haven’t’ a clue
Wall Street isn’t accountable to the free market
Why then oh why am I?


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One response to “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto

  1. David H.

    While completing your casting project, please consider contacting Mike Bloomberg for a role as the Wizard. I have a funny feeling that if Dorothy makes it to Emerald City in one piece (especially if the media gets hold of the story of sleeping in the poppy field), Bloomberg is the perfect person to tell her that all the country ever had to do was click its voting heels a few times in order to return home. He can also – unlike so many others – afford to pay for the flight back.

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