Right now, the majority of Americans are worried. Will I still have a job next month? Will I be able to afford health care next year? How will I ever be able to send my kids to college? What chances do I have of ever retiring? Can I make my mortgage payment?
These are the questions most of us are asking ourselves, when we're not busy pointing the finger of blame, that is. While it's fair to say that blaming won't fix anything, there is something about the ability to lay blame on someone, someone other than ourselves of course, that is comforting.
You will probably agree that our time would be better spent on more important things, like keeping our resume's up-to-date or cutting coupons. But if the compulsion to blame cannot be denied, we at least need to make sure we are pointing the finger in the correct direction.
It's so easy to find fault. The Republicans blame the Democrats, the Democrats blame the Republicans, we all blame George W. Bush. CEO's blame government regulations, legislators blame greedy CEO's. Banks blame borrowers, the borrowers blame the lenders. When all else fails, we look to our neighbors and co-workers and we turn on each other. Our anger and our feelings of helplessness can lead us to assign blame pretty randomly when it comes right down to it.
A recent example of this comes to mind. My husband works for a company that has been attempting to squeeze blood form a stone for years when it comes to their employees. Every year, there is more work, longer hours and