Rockefeller in Rock & Republic

"And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell. You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl." Gossip Girl

A few of today's headlines:

Pricey Drugs Put Squeeze on Doctors

Obama, McCain Tackle Economy

Mortgage Fears Send Global Shares Down

Twelve Easy Steps to Robbing a Bank

All right, I made the last one up. But, the world seems to be revolving around the money we don't have and an economy we can't fix, so I really don't find it that improbable.

Today in 1839, John D. Rockefeller was born. Fifty years later, in 1889, the inaugural issue of the Wall Street Journal was printed. When it comes to money, these are two important events: Rockefeller had it and Wall Street knows it.

Unfortunately, though, it seems that currently no one knows what to do about the economy and no one has quite as much money as they want. Even the richest are at a loss.

Rockefeller would be disappointed if he were still around, trying to celebrate his 169th birthday.

It seems ironic that in a time when everyone is budgeting a little more than usual, Gossip Girl, a show about the richest New York high schoolers who have it all but still want more, is thriving.

What is truly ironic about it, though, is that Gossip Girl's reviews are sub par, however, people are addicted to the high-priced fashion items. While viewers find the plot to be lacking the style is soaring.

If Rockefeller were alive, struggling to maintain his money, and all the while his four daughters were trying to keep up with Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, I think he might be a little frustrated.

I can't imagine he'd understand when his daughters try to explain that although it is only ten inches of fabric for $790, it's Gucci! But, you never know. Maybe Johnny Rockefeller was more of a fashionista than the old black and white photos reveal.