posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 06:03 AM
I guess I am middle class. I am white and I went to college. I also have been poor and eaten from trash cans or paid dimes for food that was about to
be thrown into the dumpster.
I remember when there was no internet, no home computers or cell phones.
I also know and have experienced the ups and downs of economies and have enough experience to see cycles.
I also know that a farmer can work countless hours to make a net profit of 40,000 a year while a person skilled in markets and trade and economics and
business cyles can make 40,000 in 5 minutes. To a company of stock holders and investors... who is the more valuable? And who is going to be paid
If you are an investor in mutual funds, have saved money and put it into CDs, or even if you have the basic savings account...directly or
indirectly... you are an investor and an employee that can generate 40,000 in 5 minutes is an asset and money maker...so you, the shareholders, the
board, the company pay them more. Otherwise, they will be lured away to the competition and then they will be making 40,000 every 5 minutes or so.
However, the individual out front of the building cutting the grass. How much money did he make for the company? Has this individual offered up ideas
to cut the costs of maintainance and grounds keeping? Has he come up with a means to improve performance and with no increase to payroll? Has he
really shown a commitment in all aspects of his job... and weather... and random emergencies to be a real team player? If he has, then he moves up to
supervisor. Maybe oneday, head of the entire maintainance dept. Maybe he goes to night school and gets a degree in business and economics. With some
good ideas and some out of the box incite, he moves up to production and applies some of his innovative ideas there to help cut costs and improve
production and profits.
If not...he will be cutting grass a few years from now.
Some will say..."That's not the real world." or "Those days are over."
Not true. I run into young people everyday that have started their own businesses.
One is selling and mounting used tires. He also buys piece of trash houses... little 900 sq ft shotgun shacks that dot the south, fixes them up, and
then sells them or rents them. He does all the work himself. He learned the skills working for someone else... plumbing, carpentry,etc.
Another young woman has a mobile pet and horse grooming business... and she also cleans barns. She goes from one contract barn/ farm to the next
cleaning stalls, feeding the horses, water...and while there... she grooms the animals, too. She is really busy during the vacation season.
Another young man has started his own recording business and record label online. He has several "paying gigs" a month, records and promotes,
distributes, and sells his own CDs... literally doing it the old fashioned way. Driving from one outlet to the next with boxed CDs in the trunk and
back seat. He has signed another artist... they promote each other and now tour together. By the way, a major regional label in Atlanta has invited
him to go there and record... he makes extra money on the side cutting grass and raking yards. He is my son.
The point is that there are plenty of opportunities.. you have to be creative, find a niche in the market, and work hard... and do without for a
Most of the older middle class people here at ATS and elsewhere that are "poo pooed" remember being young, poor, wondering how the hell they were
gonna make it starting out. One TV, one car, a small apartment or trailer.
The difference is now we have two TVs, two autos, and a larger home and we still wonder sometimes how the hell we are gonna make it.
But in an economy... an economy where people can excell or fail, where people can aspire to be what they want, work hard, be creative, and free to be
free... there will be winners and losers... failures and success. Just because ou are down does not mean you have to stay there.
And that is the difference in people. Some will find every excuse to fail. Some will find every excuse to succeed. That is not to say be rich, but to
be able to pay the bills, provide for the family, and be happy.
One of the worst things we started taching kids in school is that every one wins... there are no failures... no one left behind. The weakest always
makes the team. Everybody gets a cookie and a star at the end of the day.
Nature and life is not like that... reality is not like that. So when they find this hard lesson out, it is traumatizing. Here is were Darwin steps
in...the strong survive, people adapt, learn, recover, and go on. Those that do not get left behind and fade away.
Or, to put it in a John Wayne-ism..." Dust those britches off, pilgrim, and get back on your horse."
There will be those that decry such an attitude, but they are the ones crying for "redistribution of wealth", instead of making their own wealth.