Sunday, October 07, 2012
Four More Years of This?
Listened to the Presidential debate the other night and did a ho hum. I went to the gas pump the next day and said what the hell—FIVE DOLLAR gas????
Then I started to review the last 4 years from my perspective. The price of gas has more than doubled. My wages have been frozen for the last three years and they are still laying off people at Camp Pendleton. The price of steak and hamburger has doubled. Can goods on the shelf, are smaller 14 oz vs. 16 oz. Laundry soap is now $8 dollars a box, shampoo is $8 a bottle. The price of coffee is out of sight, and they are messing with the container size. We used to get $10,000 in interest on our saving and I think we’ll get about $700 this year (great interest rates).
Then if you want to add up cable, phone, heat, lights, water and sewage, they are all up 30 percent. Our water and sewer bill is 100 dollars a month. We buy drinking water for about another $40 a month only because the tap water isn’t fit to drink.
The Democrats want to make sure everyone has health insurance because many people can’t afford it. This phrase comes to mind; “In order for government to give money to someone who has none, they have to take it from someone who has some.” The food stamp program is another great vote getter, and remember if you want more food stamps, think carefully before you vote. With food stamps, you get the option to keep the cell phone and cable TV.
When we take our evening walk now, my wife and I marvel over the number of cars parked in front of each house. We are talking three car garages with 3 cars in the driveway and 3 on the roadside for many homes (the garages are now used for storage). Four years ago the street sweeper might have had to dodge one or two cars on our street. Now, people kill for a parking spot at night. Listen to the pundits and you hear that real estate is coming back and I don’t see it. The kids are coming back for sure, to live with mom and dad. Our next door neighbor rents out two rooms of his 4 bedroom home. The lack of privacy would drive me insane.
My Sister and her husband in Colorado gave up looking for jobs and both retired at age 62. Kind of makes you wonder about the unemployment stats they just published. There must be an election coming up. They both voted for Obama last time, and I don’t want to raise my blood pressure by asking them who they are going to vote for this year.
Bernanke using his car salesman rhetoric is trying to keep us “from having a double dip recession.” We never got out of the first one (if you ask me), so if you buy his line, things must be getting better. However, this recession is now labeled the “Greatest Recession since the Great Depression.”
Ben is printing too many dollars, and he will print more. It looks like this will stop when these wantobe million dollar homes out here are finally worth a million dollars. When that happens, bread should be $10 a loaf. Of course if you are in a retirement home, a million dollars might only last a year. Kind of a cruel joke for someone who saved all of their life. But if you spent every dime you had, you’re going to fit right in, to this new economy.
30 days until the election. Four more years of what we just had, kind of sucks. The difference I see, is that Romney will pragmatically work with Democrats. Obama left the Republicans out of the legislative process when he passed Obamacare with an “I don’t need you“ attitude. He burned a bridge that has “payback” written all over it.
During his term in office, Obama has vacationed the world, been on TV every day lecturing us like children, and been campaigning incessantly for re election. His executive powers to enforce the laws have entered the realm of legislative powers when he chooses which laws to enforce. If you are leaning on a shovel, talking to me, you aren't working as far as I'm concerned. A new face with different ideas could be the fresh start this country needs.
Copyright 2012 by Jim Brubaker