Friday, November 21, 2008
Bye Bye (our piece of the) American Pie - Part 1
So - I was Googling ‘ways to kill yourself and have your kids still get the life insurance’ but kept running across little tidbits about the economy.
Apparently suicide and the ‘bail-out’ have a lot in common.
Or maybe it was potential life insurance fraud that knocked heads somewhere in the Internet tubes with the ‘bail-out’. After all corruption is corruption.
I don’t know how I feel about the car makers. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually started making things again. Tangible things that you can see and touch. The asshats that run the big three are due back in Washington on December 8 (I miss you John Lennon) and supposedly they’re bringing with them plans that show they’re going to stop being years behind the rest of the world and that they might actually be interested in building cars that don’t kill the planet – or the people who drive them.
A money site had this advice for them …
Note to Big Three automaker executives: When you are coming to congress to ask for billions in taxpayer bailout money it would be wise not to fly in on your private jets. This is just the latest example of corporate head honchos lavishly spending money and then begging for a handout.
The very first car I bought was a Toyota. The second was a Honda. I remember my American Legion, Korean War Veteran Uncle Phil being so mad at me. Buy American and all that. Well the thing was – those cars were cheaper and better made than any American car I looked at. And that was the beginning of the end for the Big 3.
During my 3 AM Google-Fest I also found a lot of opinions about why the price of gas is down. Many of them say because we stopped driving. But many say No No – the consumer doesn’t have any power. I don’t know.
I do know that we can make a difference at a local level. Here’s an example …
There are a few small family owned stores left in my town and each of them is struggling. One of the stores is owned by a family whose daughter is fighting a rare blood disease. They are in mind numbing debt thanks to the bullshit of our healthcare system. We are always having car washes and pot luck dinners to help them. Dad works all day in his store and then works at Home Depot at night. Mom works from home since their sick child can’t get any home nursing benefits.
BUT – many – most actually – of the people who attend all these well meaning events then go and shop at WalMart. WalMart !!! The store that would rather make your retired Grandfather work til he dies in aisle 4 than give any of their employees decent benefits.
I have tons of research and tidbits on the bail-out and the economy and the new generation of thugs.
I’ve been trying to get some freelance writing gigs by being well versed on all subjects.
Once there was a time that people would cross the street to avoid the crazy looking homeless guy. All that time we should have been watching the guy in the Armani carrying the baby calf leather briefcase. Cause the crazy homeless guy – well – he’s one of us.