I feel like the U.S. is embodied in all of the bumbling characters on the road to OZ (though, all signs show it's actually on some dirt path rather than the yellow brick):
If I only had a heart -- the United States of America
If I only had a brain -- the United States of America
If I only had courage -- the United States of America
JESUS! MARY! JOSEPH!!! (to be read in loud disbelief with a heavy Irish accent.)
What's sparked this dystopic vision? Reading about the "Stimulus Package" being put forth by the U.S. Congress as the answer to the problems with economy. They should just call it for what it really is -- the "Sisyphus Package" or "Sissyphus Package" -- oh, that's right, the U.S. Congress doesn't have a heart, brain, or courage.
In short, Congress is moving to vote on a plan that will provide rebates of up to $600 to most tax payers, senior citizens, and the unemployed. WOW!!! $600 of money to spend! Which is the key word here -- spend! spend! spend!
And where will most of that money end up?
In the pockets of the CEOs and top execs of large corporations (like Walmart -- since Walmart is the one-stop shopping center -- folks can get their groceries and lots of useless items for a couple of weeks ... maybe). The CEOs and top execs can use all that additional cash to continue playing monoply on their GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card, issued by the United States of America's heartless, brainless, and courageless Congress.