Trump caved on the shutdown! That’s the current ‘hair-on-fire’ message. That’s the news. Roger Stone was arrested and he won’t ‘rat’ on the president – no matter what! That’s in the news, too. Kim Kardashian’s butt is ready to be rolled out again in case things slow down. I can’t wait! Thank God there’s the Super Bowl soon. “We need football!”
The United States is corrupt and the president of the United States is insane and crooked and that is the NEW NORMAL….?
Well, for me, even that obvious statement will NOT be the news. Not news to me, anyway. The real news – a revelation, actually – is that so many US Federal workers needed food banks to get through the lock-out. That means they do not have the flexibility in their finances to ‘roll’ for a month without pay.
Mind you, even that is not BIG news…not really. We kinda knew that. Kinda. It was in the background.
Federal workers are the very definition of a middle class! A recent study indicated that 40-something-percent of working Americans and 46% of Canadians could NOT absorb a surprise ‘hit’ of as little as $200. I think the study concluded that $400 was the amount that tipped the balance for the largest percentage of Americans, but $200 was the peril-point for so many Canadians living pay cheque to pay cheque, they couldn’t handle it from cash flow. The middle class is no longer middle, they are dropping precipitously. When an air-traffic controller goes to the food bank, the middle class is NO MORE.
THAT IS NEWS!
Think about that. If you are are living paycheque to paycheque with barely a $200-$400 ‘discretionary’ income left over after expenses, you are a slave. Plain and simple. In a world controlled with money, you have no power. Slavery, albeit camouflaged in heaps of trashy consumer goods, is back.
If that was the case just for the poor, the addicted, the homeless downtrodden, the rural white trash and the impoverished minorities, that might not be real news. Most people think of a $200 – $400 ‘float’ as the threshold for poverty vs the very-low income. But that is not the case anymore. That $200-$400 margin-for-error is the new tipping point for the middle class, the car-drivers, the condo-dwellers, the BIG screen TV watchers and the fast-food restaurant-goers. Parents with kids. And the numbers of those ‘floating’ just above water (as the expression goes), it seems, are growing. More and more people are living only to work.
TO ME THAT’S NEWS!!
Roger Stone, self-confessed ‘dirty trickster’ of politics and a ‘Dandy’ dresser has over 600 custom-tailored suits in his closet. Paul Manafort sported a $15,000 Ostrich jacket, Michael Cohen owns several million dollar condos, Trump lives in a gold-leaf covered huge home atop Trump tower. Trudeau (don’t get me started), our politicians and bureaucrats stealing from the public purse, Mitch McConnell, even Nancy Pelosi, Obama and Clinton are all stinking rich….and they control the lives of most Americans….why? Because they ‘own them’ like slaves, that’s why.
America works like that. Canada works like that. Money talks. AND IT WALKS WITH A REALLY BIG STICK.
The News? Slavery is back.