What a difference a year makes

One year ago, the talk was not of bailouts but copouts.

Our government, at least certain members of it, were outraged –- outraged! — that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell copped out and did not come down harder on the unscrupulous New England Patriots and the villainous Bill Belichick for the heinous crime some termed as “Spygate.”

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R, Penn.) actually spent time writing to Goodell, demanding answers as to what happened to the destroyed tapes, as if those tapes contained secrets that were crucial to the success of mankind.

Think about how much better off our world would be if our elected officials would have directed their energies at government regulation and financial ethics. Instead, a chief concern was videotapes that featured cheelerleaders and benefited the Patriots.

It’s almost as if, last year, we had nothing better to complain about. Now it’s a little different. Billions, if not trillions, of dollars are gone. Way too many jobs have been lost. And the audacity of hopelessness has set in among too many people.

To think that the video-taping scandal actually commanded the attention of our government now is almost laughable, which might not be the worst thing. Everyone could use a good laugh, not to mention a little perspective, these days.

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