Sunday, March 13, 2016
Sunday Reading - An Awakening in the Force
Yesterday I ran a very nice collector car through the alignment checking machine. I am not going to say what type exactly but the price tag is upwards of the 60K mark used. It had a whopping 5700 miles on it's odometer. Since business was slow I went back up to my little desk and was hanging out listening to the owner of said vehicle as he was showing pictures of his car collection to various customers. As near as I could tell he had a collection of about four or five muscle cars he was proud of. I made it a point to not get anywhere near that conversation despite the fact the owner tried to drag everyone nearby into it, because I suspected it was soon going to take a turn in a direction that would cost me my job if I gave an honest opinion.
Sure as it's going to rain on my one day off the owner of said vehicles started complaining about the legislature possibly cutting the funds to the university of Missouri and how it might cost him his job as an IT person. Not a manager or supervisor mind you just a run of the mill data entry type HTML drone who can afford two houses and a fleet of collector cars while the university he works for screams for millions more in public money every year.
Now to be fair I don't know this guy's whole story. Perhaps he is the under achieving son of some multi-billionaire family or something and in fact if this type of thing was an isolated incident I would perhaps think that scenario far more likely.....
But this type of story is not an isolated thing around here. I hear and witness one much like it almost every day. Poor mistreated public servants and retirees who moan and groan about threatened budget cuts or possible reduced government spending while in the same breath complaining about having to juggle an oil change for their new car of the year into their busy schedule of cruises and European vacations. They loudly whine about it to all the working stiffs still stuck in the private sector and believe they are finding a sympathetic ear when no one tells them what they really think. At least not if they want to keep their jobs anyway. When these entitlement whores are gone however and only the employees are left the real opinions come out.
A lot of this sentiment I am hearing maybe because of the area I live in. The suburbs have pushed out from the main education center and the main government center of my state into the rural area I have lived in most of my life. Thirty five or forty years ago one rarely ran into a government or university employee out here but these days they are buying small parcels of land and building McMansions as far out as they can to escape the cesspits they helped create. While the economy founders and continues to shrink they prance around flaunting their "promised" pensions and secure paychecks and I now perceive a real animosity towards this group growing daily.
Also it may be a more regional thing here because of the blow back caused by the UMC protests, the football team and Coach BS and the whole Click firing fiasco.
I really don't know to be honest. I admit I have had a real dislike for these government types for years but until recently I never noticed my own personal thoughts on the subject being reflected and projected out by so many of my peers without any input from me into the conversations. It's like all the under class is waking up at once and speaking in one voice around here now and a new dimension is forming in the political arena. If it wasn't for the highly complex and fractured die-versity infused political playing field that already existed prior to this change I would be looking for the guillotines to be rolled out and socialist banners everywhere but this time around the under class is as much against socialism as they are the artificial government aristocracy.
Factions within factions and sub groups within tribes and loose movements seems to be the order of the day. A lot of angry people in every group and roller coaster ride of 60+ years of victim group politics besides.
I think this is fixin to get messy folks.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!