Thursday, October 10, 2013
So Who is Better Off Now?
As this long slow decline continues I know many people get discouraged. Changes that come so slowly almost don't feel like changes at all. It doesn't help of course that the government cartel in general tries to hide the facts or paint over things turning every bit of bad news into good somehow.
A while back we had a unemployment report that really wasn't very good during a couple of days when the market was down. For about 30 minutes after the report came out I noted that the market had in fact reversed itself temporarily and in that short span of time three news articles appeared on how the jobs data had reversed losses.
Yet after four years of knowing we are in a serious collapse situation it still amazes me that so many people cannot see it.
So I ask myself who is better off now than they were five or six years ago? I can only come up with a few far removed people that may or may not fit and each one of them has some form of attachment to the government either directly or at most once removed. I have known a few individuals who switched jobs or managed to find new ones after being laid off but at best they could be called lateral shifts only, no great salary increases.
Of all the cities and towns within the general region of the Small-Hold only one isn't constantly complaining about revenue issues and reporting cut backs each year. The only one growing is the State university town and truth be told they are actually growing at a good rate. Yet it is easy to see why it is growing with again that direct feeding tube to Federal money.
Construction is still limited around here. I have seen a bit going on here and there but in every case it is more filling in the open spots than busting new ground. A lot here that was open, a space there and mostly limited to duplexes or low end new homes. Not one new subdivision or privately constructed road longer than 100 feet or so.
I now see a fleet of lawn care trucks on the road where I used to see a fleet of surveyors.
Yet every school district is still floating a tax increase each year to pay for a new school.
Have the conditions in Greece improved? Egypt? Anywhere overall? I know we hear about recoveries and even see some numbers floated showing renewed consumer confidence for a month or industrial orders up some quarter but I never see any hard news about conditions improving anywhere.
The nearest town South of us just went goo goo over a new building being sold that brought in 25 whole jobs. While this same month another plant closed and laid off over 500 people.
Timing is everything. Almost all the doomsayer predictions have come to pass but where we thought it would take months it has taken years.
Follow the money my friends. If you happen to know an area or a person that appears to be doing well right now my bet would be that money trail leads right back to the government and just more debt.
And that cannot last.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!