posted on Sep, 11 2009 @ 12:56 PM
When I was a kid, WalMart didn't exist. There were other local places that offered discount groceries, while other places were bargain basement types
of department stores.
It was at these places where I saw folks who were not people of means, i.e. poor people.
It was these folks that drove old worn out cars from the late forties and early fifties, that were basically rolling rusty junkers-clunkers. Usually
some sort of big family sedan or station wagon, that could haul five to seven kids, and many many bags of groceries. The kids usually were poorly
dressed, dirty faces, unkempt, and very commonly, bawdy acting. What we call today;"Low Life's" or "Hicks from the sticks."
The parents very often were severe looking. ( had nasty facial expressions, aged, unshaven, dirty hair, missing and bad teeth, body odor, etc. )
My mother would tell us, not to judge them or make fun of them. They just didn't have the same life style we did, and were probably poor people.
They needed to stretch their dollars worth, just as my parents were doing, even though we were not exactly poor.
The difference between then and now is, I do not ever recall seeing as many huge obese people, like you do today. Most back then were skinny...for
they looked like they hadn't eaten in a while, or weren't getting enough to eat.
Generally speaking; most people who do not have a formal education, and work jobs that keep them at or just above the poverty level, are more likely
to be down on their luck. Folks who are down on their luck, often times as not, appear rougher around the edges than most. Thus, they will go to any
retailer who offers discount goods. I cannot say that I blame them. I like my money to stretch as far as it will go too...
(Yet, just because you may not be well off, you needn't display a bad attitude, or be a trouble maker.)
The politics of how well these discount retailers treat their employees, or compensate them is another matter entirely. Whether or not, a discount
retailer denigrates or lowers the real estate values in the vicinity, is open to debate.
The bottom line is; We all want a bargain, whether you earn a hundred grand a year or ten thousand...no one wants to pay high prices.
There will always be disparity and impoverishment. The chasm between the "have's and those that have not" will only get worse, as the whole entire
paradigm we take for granted, collapses and becomes more and more stressed. Eventually, wealth will be a liability, as the groveling poorer masses
beat each other off for a loaf of bread...those days are soon coming!
Conspicuous consumption, or Living Large, will make you a target. It already has in many third world nations. Get ready for it here. SHTF is just
around the corner.