One of my favorite bumper stickers is "Think globally, act locally." I decided to practice this mentality and use the Bank of America example as my model.
Let's say a couple of our local breweries, Merrill Belch and Barleywide, were going under and were on the sale block. I'm sure I could swing a big fat loan with my powerful connections, er, I mean spotless reputation and just buy them both right up. Then, of course, because my actual worth is much less than professed and I didn't really have the means to begin with, I'd be belly up myself within a short time.
Now for some creative problem-solving and justification of my actions: Because we all know a huge percentage of Durango's economy depends on mass consumption of beer, and the breweries are an integral part of maintaining peace, joy, hops and love, wouldn't it be the obligation and honor of the city of Durango government to bail my manipulative, dishonest, opportunistic butt out? After all, our very way of life in Durango and avoidance of total civil upheaval depends on the uninterrupted flow of brew for all. Because I've done such a huge service to the town and economy, how could they re-fuse?
I'm sure the good citizens of Durango would feel proud to do their part in averting this disaster and donate their hard-earned tax dollars to my personal bailout fund. If it worked for Bank of America, it should work for me. Right? There's another bumper sticker I like that reads "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!" I'll drink to that.
Karen McCarroll, Bayfield