This is where it starts to get real folks. Many doom predictors long ago said as a society in decline we would go through various stages as things continued to fall apart. In a long slow slide like we are living in the changes are so gradual at times it is hard to see them without a time elapsed camera. They continue happening none-the-less. These stages also come at different speeds in different locations.
Have you noticed that those blogs that come from areas not inside the beltway or closely connected to some government handout center (Like Colleges) seem to always have a different take on things and observations much more dire than those inside the "protected" areas?
We solidly entered the government money grab some time ago, just because we are entering the next phase doesn't mean the others which came before it stop being a factor. No way. In fact those earlier stages will just continue to get worse as time goes by and will make the next phases more of a problem.
What we are seeing develop now is the inevitable squabbling over the pie.
It has never been my intention to sugar coat anything on this blog and I am not going to start now nor am I going individually start judging anyone's gravy train on this post. Certainly I have my own opinions on what maybe deserved or justified and what isn't but the time for that type of bickering is pretty much over now.
Many things have brought us to this stage of our collapse and each group feels they have a right to whatever was promised to or always given to them. Whether I agree with any specific government payout is irrelevant because for each one there is another group that feels justified in opposing or promoting it.
A Few examples
One may say that welfare for those who do nothing is unjustified while a large portion of those receiving such payments have been told they deserve it because racism and/or sexism has put them in the position they are in and society owes them that payment.
Some may claim that Social Security is not a pension plan and not protected but do you think those individuals who have been promised it and have paid into it all these years care what you think? Do you think they are going to continue to happily work low wage back breaking jobs until 72 while government employees retire at 45 or 50 on pensions? Do you think those who are 45 are going to go happily along with the cut off being set at 46 and above?
Good Luck with that.
I doubt we will see the teachers and other government pensioners take a haircut quietly while welfare payments, disability or even military pensions go untouched.
Should someone in my position be happy taking a huge capital gains tax hit that ultimately effects my retirement while those who rely on pension funds that are (supposedly) financed in the exact same way are given a pass?
I don't think so.
Face the facts people the government owes more money than there is money and printing more doesn't increase the overall amount in value terms one little bit. If your plan is to point a finger at another group while hoping you go by unscathed than your plan is destined for failure.
What is going to make this entire mess even that much more violent is the lack of Constitutional practice and the use if Mob Rule Democracy which does little but promote division and oppression of minority interests.
Regardless of how justified you feel for whatever you have been promised your only hope is to follow the morals of Christianity and the laws of the Constitution and get yourself ready to live self sufficiently. That doesn't mean partially or offsetting the costs while still using whatever check you get each month, it means totally self contained on your own.
Any other plan and you are simply deluding yourself.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!