Friday, November 14, 2008

The Big 3 And A Note About Gus

First things first - Gus has lost a lot of weight in the last two weeks. Enough that I was really beginning to worry. So we went to see Randy (our wonderful vet). He examined Goose, asked me some questions, took some blood and checked his blood sugar.

The exam was normal other than the protruding hip bones...not a good look for a long haired cat...heart and lungs were good, teeth are fine, blood sugar is fine.

Randy said that most of the time in situations like this it's either diabetes or thyroid disease. Both treatable. It's not diabetes so cross your fingers for thyroid. I should know by mid morning tomorrow. there is all this talk about a bail out for the auto industry. Now I'm sure I don't understand all of the little pieces and parts but it seems to me that one of the reasons that they are in the mess they are because they've (and by 'they' I mean the companies AND the unions) been doing the wrong things.

Making the wrong cars, making too many of them, not making enough of them, selling them for too much, wanting too much pay...etc, etc, etc.

So we are going to give them a shit pile of money so they can continue to do the same things??

I really don't get this. I know that the larger industry supports all the smaller ones and that a failure at the top causes a cascade of failures which would be catastrophic. BUT...we can't keep making the same mistakes that got us here.

Who will pay the price? It's got to be paid eventually by someone.


Cindy said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for your Gus. I had a Gus too.

The upside is thyroid is a pretty easy fix I think. One of those things that a pill can take care of.

As for the auto company bail out - will take more than a pill. I'm against giving them the shit pile of money - not the fix we need in my opinion.

Kathy said...

Thinking of Gus...and you...

Donna said...

still praying for goose...

as for the auto industry... not so much. this is a classic tortoise and the hare scenario, dating back to the 70s when the japanese auto companies started to be a real presence in the states. the american hare, didn't take the tortoise seriously... and... worse, yet, after the writing was on the wall... they CONTINUED to make cars that the american people did not want to buy. that... AND the fact that their hourly wage, pensions, and healthcare coverage are phenomenal. as a state laborer, if i need a crown... i pay 50 percent out of pocket. the self-insured auto companies are paying 90 percent or more... leaving the individual responsible for ten percent or less. go figure. thus ends my diatribe.

MUD said...

Throw a "Shit pile of money" at the problem seems to be the solution dejure at the national level. The younger generation doesn't remember the time we threw money at Chrysler and as a result the Government drove those boxy K-Cars for their fleet.
We can't afford to throw all those workers out of their jobs but we can't continue to save everyone that makes stupid decisions.
When you figure out what to do, let me know and I'll vote for you. In the mean time I'll just continue to wonder too. MUD

Anonymous said...

The only way the US carmakers should get one cent of our $ is if they retool and make high gas milage cars. I hope they will before they bankrupt us. Back in the day General Motors was spending more for health insurance than for steel. The unions insisted but all those who worked for them benefited equally. Was a good deal for me and mine but we are now paying for it.
Aunt Sue