reply to post by dolphinfan
Then why are so many people poor?
I have at least four good products that would make a fair amount of money, but each needs $5 to $10K to develop, print, create or market.
Money I might have had if we weren't ripped off in the the electric deregulation fiasco, when my electric bill zoomed about 500%, despite our cutting
use by 50%, money I never recovered.
Money I might have had if I still had my second and third jobs, but they disappeared in the crap economy.
Money I might have if I hadn't had to liquidate my retirement funds to deal with hard times when my lady lost her leg in an accident.
Money I might have if we had a free market economy and I could sell a product people want, need, and is perfectly safe and harmless: medical pot.
Money I might have if I could liquidate any of the stuff I accumulated during the good times, but now even at give-awy prices, no one buys because
there is no money. For instance, I'm selling a weight set for scrap metal because no one will even pay $50 for it. A year ago I bought a new, but
older model, flatscreen TV on sale because it was more energy-efficient than my fifteen-year-old model which was incompatible with most of the new
equipment and tv formats anyway. Today I couldn't get $75 for it.
My brother had a nice little business til he got a disc broken in his back, now we can't liquidate the remains of his business and must actually
to downsize. He was recently offered $300 for a safe he paid $5,000 for...it's worth more as scrap metal than it's worth as a safe.
My library of ~1700 books is worth about $200 in today's market, if I could find a buyer, even though technically many of the are worth hundreds by
The reason is that there is no money, because there aren't any jobs.
The fault lies in the top 1% and those who blindly support them.
Those people didn't make their fortunes creating jobs, they made them by destroying them, and usurping the wealth generated by increased
productivity. This is not a matter of debate or subject to interpretation: those are the stubborn, actual facts. The top 1% lacks any sort of genuine
vision of the future, have no ambition other than a greater share of the wealth, and tend to stifle as many good products as they create, if not more.
They fear any change that brings more people into equality with them because for the most part they know that their wealth is the only
that distinguishes them: they are, in the end, just people, not that much more talented, intelligent, or better than the poorest of us.
I know whereof I speak: I've been homeless three times in my life and worked my way off the street each time. I've worked construction, shrimping,
sales, teaching, dancing, farming, owned a couple of small businesses and am a combat veteran. I have contributed to my society in every way
imaginable: I've fed it, protected it, educated it, entertained it, employed it, counseled it, improved it. I've never taken welfare or food stamps,
preferring to leave for those who needed it more than I did.
But I look at today's economy know that if faced with homelessness again, I will never be able to do what I've done in the past. I never expect to
collect a dime of my Social Security: they keep moving the goalposts and I don't expect the the US to survive as a nation long enough for me to catch
up with a moving target.
It won't survive for a myriad of reasons, but the main one is the point of this thread: there are so-called Americans, patriots by their own lights,
who would look at me if I go homeless again and think me a lazy, crazy, drug-addicted good-for-nothing who deserves his fate, and not a dime of
oh-so-hard-earned money. They'd rather park their money overseas in tax-exempt accounts than offer aid to people they don't consider
fellow citizens because they now lack the wherewithal. They refuse to contribute to the country they take advantage of by actually investing in things
that provide their fellow citizens with the jobs necessary for a strong economy. They wouldn't hire me for squat because I'm too old and
The people need jobs, the country's infrastructure needs rebuilt, the Gulf needs cleaned up, there are hundreds of cities and towns that need repair
after floods, tornadoes, and other disasters. The needs are there, the jobs created fulfilling those needs would create a boom economy, and yet the
top 1% can't see any reason to finance any of it, becuse they are lazy, incompetent and feel entitled to free money. It was their fathers,
grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who built the wealth they are frittering away gambling, because they lack the skills to do anything else.