Over a quarter of a million people reported to the federal government last month that they were newly out of work.
And that is supposed to be a sign of improvement in our economy.
Elderly citizens around our nation are reporting they are having to decide between paying for prescriptions, groceries or utilities, while the federal government is stipulating, in frozen Social Security payments, that there is no increase in cost of living in this nation.
If you read the news around the nation — and right here at home — you will find that one of the fastest growing “industries” is theft.
And yet we are supposed to accept from our federal regulators that we have turned a corner in the Great Recession.
Sure, we’ve turned a corner, headed into a blind alley and we are about to get bashed by an out-of-work senior citizen who has recently been told that stuff’s not getting more expensive.
Back in the real world, we see that stealing stuff and selling it is to 2011 what opening up an Internet business was in 2000.
In Kansas City, Mo., they arrested a 31-year-old woman this week for possession of stolen property from just about everyone who made Christmas sales.
It appears that the theft ring worked in busy stores, moving through the sea of shoppers and helping themselves.
Here at home we’ve seen that sort of enterprise in people’s homes, their garages and businesses.
It can’t all be laid at the doorstep of a rotten economy. Part is certainly due to the lack of ethics in our culture.
But it would seem that American taxpayers should start to wake up to the reality that things are not improving at the rate some of our “leaders” have suggested.
— Chuck Smith