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Richard Carnes No nails in Eagle County’s coffin yet

Contrary to worldwide reports, I would like to personally testify that the highly unfortunate yet relatively recent death of America has been greatly exaggerated.

Having said this, and while fully cog nizant that paraphrasing Samuel Clemens is noth-ing unique, please be aware that many leaders across the globe have been quicker (and happi er) to write our national epitaph than Rob Katz has been to rationalize the empty mailbox of early season reservations.

Our presidential elec tion has become global fodder for the masses, with just about every country we’ve ever both ered to so much as learn how to pronounce its name taking political pot-shots and insulting jabs at our depressing expense.



Oh my, I’m so offended.

But guess what, all that really means is they are paying apt attention. (By the way, did anyone happen to notice Canada just had their version of a pres idential election? No? I didn’t think so.) And why are they paying such stead fast attention to little ol’ US of A?



I’ll give you three good reasons: loca tion, location, location.

No matter what, America is still the numero uno locale of choice for just about anyone on the planet with enough cranial capacity to wake up in the morning (religious fanatics of all flavors notwithstanding).

Agree with it or not, ladies and gen tlemen, we’re still the big man on cam pus, so deal with it.



Sub-prime loans? Yep, we pretty much caused ’em, and the blame can be spread around evenly all the way back to the Carter Administration, but the thing is, all of those other countries, in their never-ending quest to keep up with the (American) Joneses, are just as deep in the derivative doo- doo as we are.

So stuff that in your croissant, Frenchie.

And they base part of our imaginary demise on the roller- coaster value of a dollar.

Listen, there is a damn good reason the worldwide price of oil is based on the U.S. dollar, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the magical being-based slo gan we haphazardly slapped onto it in 1957.

With very few sporadic exceptions, there is no other currency on the planet near ly as stable over the long haul. Anyone remember the Japanese yen from the early ’90s? No? I didn’t think so.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmanutjob said the worldwide eco nomic crisis “is the end of capitalism … and divine punishment for democra cy,” claiming superiority of the Islamic republic’s political model.

Ahem, excuse me, but basing one’s real legal tender around a house-of cards foundation of make-believe mag ical beings makes as much sense as basing next year’s real estate sales on last year’s snow totals.

As for the financial markets them selves, how many of you in Happy Val ley consider yourselves somewhat savvy as to how they work and what “might” happen tomorrow?

Regardless of your answer, you can count yourself about as well informed as those running the Asian and Euro pean financial markets, because, from every Monday morning to every Friday afternoon, those guys follow whatever OUR markets do, without fail, day after day after day.

The heartbeat of the world doesn’t stop turning because a European bank stands on the brink of failure, but it cer tainly skips a few beats if an American bank is involved.

And while I’m on this self- induced patriotic roll, the death of the “Ameri can dream” is a crock as well.

But while the feel-good catchphrase has stood the test of time for most of the past century, I want to remind many of our elected leaders and those striving to be so of one important prin ciple: the pursuit of that elusive Amer ican dream is a privilege, not a right, but all Americans certainly deserve the right to pursue it. America didn’t make it to the top of the human food chain by serving entitlements for breakfast.

Anyway, while we spend the next 13 days continuing to bash one another on the head and calling each other idiots, socialists, racists, etc., just remember when all is said and done, we’ll still be friends and neighbors in the greatest country in the world.

America’s heartbeat is as strong as ever, and to quote one candidate, we have the scars to prove it.

NOTE: The preceding opinions belong to Richard and are not neces sarily shared by this newspaper, but for patriotically selfish reasons, he thinks they should be.

Richard Carnes of Edwards writes weekly for the Daily. He can be reached at poor@vail.net.


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