Delegating Responsibility While Rome Burns


“Rome Is Burning”
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While Nero Fiddled, Rome Burned is a fitting analogy to the current financial bail out crisis.  Washington D.C. leadership is heavily trying to configure a solution.  Senator John McCain suspended his campaign in order to expedite and facilitate a solution for an emergent problem, and return to Washington.  Senator Barack Obama refrained from joining him and leaders in D.C., in lieu of staying penned up in his hotel room in Florida, preparing for a debate that preceded the unraveling economic crisis.  President George Bush had to call on him to come to Washington, D.C., since McCain’s request was insufficient.  The President sensed the emergent nature of this problem.

We’re in the midst of a serious financial crisis…

The Swamp’s McCain calls all hands on deck for crisis.

Sen. John McCain continued to call Thursday for putting politics aside to deal with the financial crisis and prevent credit from drying up, saying he is returning to Washington because no consensus has emerged to deal with the problem.

“I’m an old Navy pilot and I know when a crisis calls for all hands on deck,” McCain told the international crowd attending the Clinton Global Initiative meeting here. “I cannot carry on a campaign as though this dangerous situation had not occurred, or as though a solution were at hand, which it clearly is not.”

Senator Tom Coburn calls Obama, McCain; urges joint statement on bailout.  Obama proceeded to respond,

“It is going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.”

True and it will be the president’s job to put in priority the importance of those jobs and it is clear Obama put politics and the campaign above fixing a 700 billion dollar problem.

WHILE EVERYONE ELSE WAS WORKING ON SOLVING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS……..MY SENATOR WAS WORKING ON HIS ABS raises Obama’s hubris and cynicism to a new and astonishing level.  On the morning after failed attempts by the three branches of government to work out a solution, he goes to the gym for a work-out.  The country is in a serious financial crisis.  McCain attempts to help.  Obama says, Call me if you need me.   And then he goes to work on his abs.  Is this just a presidential nominee with extremely poor judgement who is unable to recognize the severe nature of the problem at hand, and chooses his personal priorities over the country’s?  Or does he believe that this would be micromanagement of possibly this country’s greatest financial problem since the Great Depression?

Let us review some history.  For history often runs parallels to modern times.  Did Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned?

The great fire that consumed Rome in A.D. 64 spread quickly and savagely. After it was over, 70 percent of the city had been destroyed. “Of Rome’s 14 districts, only four remained intact.

The story that Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned conjures up images of the emperor, dramatically back-lit by the flames from the burning city, alone, calmly playing his fiddle while his people cried out in suffering.

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“Skeleton playing violin (cithara for that era)”
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Some rumors speculated that Nero himself had set the fire, others that he had ordered it. As Nero rebuilt Rome in a new style more to his­ liking, some believed he used the fire as an excuse for new construction. But perhaps the most interesting rumor that emerged from the great fire was that Nero had played his fiddle while Rome burned. …While he certainly didn’t play the fiddle — since it was not yet invented — Nero did play another stringed instrument, the harp-like cithara.

Mary Francis Gyles offers another interpretation of the story: Nero’s fiddling may not have anything to do with music at all, but rather is a metaphor for his ineffectiveness. Fiddling, after all, can also mean that a person is expending energy on something useless or misguided. If the measures Nero took following the fire were perceived as misdirected or inadequate, then saying Nero fiddled while Rome burned takes on a whole new meaning. It’s possible that the idea is a relic of propaganda so effective that it’s survived 2,000 years.

Someone sure is furiously working off some stress in that gym before that presidential debate.  Fear can fuel worry.

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One response to “Delegating Responsibility While Rome Burns

  1. Ah, how history doth repeat itself…

    “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” –Cicero, 55 BC