I am self-employed and work from home, and have long enjoyed the flexibility and freedom to go to the grocery store early on a weekday to enjoy the peace and quiet, rather than to join the crowds on the weekends or even in the early weeknight evenings. Or so it was before the unemployment level went up. Now when I go to the stores early in the day, I can barely find a parking space. When I am shopping and stop to read a label, I risk getting rammed in the rear by a shopping cart, because of the procession of people. OK, so they don’t have jobs, but what are they doing? Shopping? Hmm, so how do all of these people have so much money to be out shopping every day if no-one is working and the economy is so bad? And why aren’t they out looking for jobs?
Another thing that I have to wonder is, if nobody has money and houses are being foreclosed on so bad that the government is asked to step in, why are they all in line to get the latest Ipad, Iphone, I-whatever, or the latest gaming console? First of all, where is the money coming from and second, if they are so busy looking for jobs, how do they have a couple of days to camp out in front of a store? I have always wanted to ride by with a bullhorn and ask how many of them had already paid their mortgage? Or, how many were on welfare, and was my tax dollars paying for a game for someone else that I couldn’t afford for myself? Bottom line – people are still shopping. They have money to buy what they want to buy. Another sure sign that the economy is on the upswing is the fact that they are not spending as much money at flea markets or thrift stores, but are instead buying “new” again.
OK, I admit that when people were first losing jobs, they worried about what was going to happen to them. Then, once they figured out a way to survive on unemployment, they decided that they liked it and would do whatever they could do to always have money and not have to work. Many had lost their homes already, anyway.
Some have found other alternatives to working, such as selling items on Ebay or Craigslist. The internet has opened up doors and created lots of opportunity.
The middle class population that are still working have long been the fall guys for both the wealthy and the poor. They go to work like zombies every day. Their taxes pay for many of the programs that the less fortunate are able to take advantage of. The middle class, however, make too much money to qualify for these programs, yet don’t make enough to pay out of pocket for them, mainly, healthcare programs. Many employers don’t offer these types of benefits anymore. So, they go to these jobs and work all day, covering for the bigwigs who are given freebies everywhere, because they are “The Suits”. Ah, yes, “The Suits” – they are the ones out enjoying the “Power Lunches” and conducting business in the strip clubs. They also are given so much credit for their generous charitable donations, which do not so much come from the heart as much as they are given to get a tax break.
Oh, there are jobs out there, but nobody wants them. Fast food places, restaurants, seasonal jobs, etc. But, yet and still, there are a huge need for these workers, because all of the poor unemployed people are going out to eat every day and buying Christmas gifts already. How bad can it be if people can turn down work and still be out shopping? I would not be surprised if many newly created openings remain vacant. Something is not right with this picture….