This is the new national conversation.
Last week we met some friends for burgers. We looked forward to the low-key evening. How are your kids doing? Grandchildren? Any trips planned? Do you think you’ll go back to work? Should Brad Childress get fired? How about those ‘Horns.
Often (at our age), the big question is how’s your health? Not this time. Almost immediately, the conversation jumped into the economy.
Bam. One son has not been able to find steady work for a year, is divorced, and living in his parent’s home.
Bam. Another adult child is having a difficult time getting pre-approved for a home loan.
Bam. The ten-year-old van needs replaced but it is worth very little as a trade-in and credit is very expensive -- if you can find anybody who has money to lend.
Bam. One guy wants to sell his business but the economic slowdown has caused the value of the business to drop to near nothing.
Bam. A friend has seen her retirement savings shrink by 40 percent in a matter of days. The funds took a life-time to build.
This is personal.
Not once did anyone mention the presidential election, nor either candidate, nor either political party. Not once.
Our problems are real. Our problems are bigger than politics.
I wish our politicians were.