Due to lack of time, I hadn’t said much about JaneofVirginia’s and the guru’s comments on the economy. I know the old vulgarism about opinions, but I’m going to give you mine anyway, because that’s just the sort of guy I am.
When I started my first telemarketing job five years ago, it was because there was no decent job to be found in my area. Listening to the people on the phones, it became obvious that it was the same all over. People were losing their jobs, their homes, their cars, their businesses, and sometimes their marriages due to the bad economy. During my four years on that job, the sad stories on the line got sadder and more frequent. Then the company that I worked for got bought, their client list stolen and the company closed down. It was no great loss to society, but it put the squeeze on those of us who’d gotten used to having at least a small paycheck.
It took over a year for me to get desperate enough to return to telemarketing, but the first thing I noticed was that the folks on the other end of the line were even worse off than when I’d last called. Despite everything that King Barrack tells us, the economy is NOT getting better, except maybe for that 1% that I keep hearing about. Many folks don’t realize it, but the poorer we get, the richer they get. After all, the money we no longer have has to go SOMEWHERE.
On a more personal basis, my wife and I now have it tougher than when we first wed, 31 years ago. There’s no longer money for ANYTHING extra. We see more and more people riding the bus, and an unbelievable number choosing to walk to save even the bus fare. There isn’t nearly the traffic there was a year or two ago and, even at the Chinese Emporium, people are buying less, or even just window shopping for entertainment. We can’t sell anything on Facebook anymore, and we notice that there are fewer yard sales. The yards sales we notice don’t have the crowds they did a year ago, either. Things that I see “for sale” signs on in people’s yards (cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, etc.) seem to just be sitting there. People don’t have enough money to live on, yet prices for EVERYTHING continues to rise.
I blame two sets of people. The super-rich, for never getting enough, and the average voter, who has finally managed to give us the typical collapsing socialist world that he’s been dreaming of. The problem for the latter is that we’ve ALREADY run out of other people’s money. The problem for the former is that when you take away the things that a man lives for, he starts looking for a cause to die for, and THAT is when the world becomes a very dangerous place. © 2014