Saturday, June 14, 2014

My Two-Cent’s Worth On Our Economy

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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
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9 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Driving around our county you see so many empty, deserted, nice homes that families just walked away from. Just on our road alone, 7 houses are for sale or vacant. Very few garage sales anymore. And if you do find one, it's just filled with Chinese made junk.

Gorges Smythe said...

We've got some houses like that in my area, too, Cm.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It is sad that I see people who are successful in business (managers, upper management)that will have no idea what to do when it all collapses. I have brought this up to a few, telling them they need to take a CERT course, an emergency management course, learn to do things that are not business related. I can't image being powerful at work and helpless when it comes to taking care of your family. That will put them over the edge. What will they do when their phones stop working.

Gorges Smythe said...

Kathy, I think the TRUE leaders will make adjustments and move forward, the bulk of folks though, the ones that got ahead solely based on their sheepskins, will be in deep trouble.

Harry Flashman said...

Things up here haven't gotten any better. In fact, the population has decreased dramatically as the "summer home people" quit coming and let their summer houses go back to the bank. I still see young couple with one little table set up by the road, selling their few household items. It's very Third World.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

One thing that people don't realize because of the government manipulation of numbers and lack of real journalists is that the dollar is losing value which give the impression of prices going up (which they are) but in reality the items are still worth what they always were it is the dollar that is worth less. An oil producer keeps track of world currencies and knows to ask more dollars as the dollar is being printed as fast as possible. This way people blame someone else for high prices instead of the real source, the government.

Gorges Smythe said...

It's sure looking that way, HF!

Technically, you're correct, SF, or mostly so at the very least. However, I think a lot of that cheap money is printed to placate the welfare voters, plus, by destabilizing the currency, I believe the rich STILL end up with what the poor folks lose.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Yes some know the rules of the game while most are ignorant. Like the leaders of a corporation can drive a good company into the ground while getting rich off of the destruction. This is what is happening on a larger scale to the country and they stay in power by buying votes from the ignorant who have no pride to want to do things the right way.

Gorges Smythe said...

That's for sure, SF.