The Talking Heads did a song saying that “Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens”. If that’s true, then America is Heaven. Nothing is happening here. All over the world, at least in countries that aren’t engaged in wars or piracy, there’s new construction going on, with high rise buildings popping up the way mushrooms do, almost overnight, along with plenty of other new buildings, streets, bridges and so on. You’d never know there was a global recession going on when you look at all the new infrastructure creation.
Except for here. For a nation that’s been the economic leader of the world for over 100 years, things have gotten awfully quiet.
The sporadic attacks by ISIS and Al Qaeda amount to nothing compared to the death rate from traffic accidents, diseases, insect bites, animal attacks or any one of a variety of things that daily kill off a bunch of us. About 350 Americans die each year from falling in the bathtub, more than have died so far in France this year from terrorism. We give as much attention to the latest disease threat, like Ebola or Zika, as we do to terrorist attacks and we do a lot more about the diseases than we do the terrorists. Fighting disease is profitable, it’s a business. Fighting terrorists is all expense, so I guess that answers that.
Terrorism is way overblown and gets way too much publicity. The best way to deal with terrorists is to very quietly go bomb them into oblivion and not say a word about it.
America is like a Super-Sized slurpy, a big drink cup filled with crushed ice and flavored syrup, with lots of straws stuck in it that are being sucked on by lots of people like Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch and George Soros, all billionaires and all of whom support the goal of making America a Socialist dictatorship. You don’t get to be a mega billionaire by being nice, you do it by screwing everyone you can out of every dime you can.
Donald Trump is also a billionaire who I’m sure has impoverished a lot of people as well. But he doesn’t seem to be a Socialist so there’s that.
America still has a lot of ice in the cup but we’re running really low on syrup, and there’s only two ways to get more syrup. One is to tax us more, and the other is to sell off our assets, both of which the Socialists have been busy doing for quite awhile now, and now the cup sides are starting to cave in.
The only safe people in America, if not now, then soon, are the poor people. You can’t take much from those who don’t have much. Americans with money and good paying jobs who want The American Dream with a jazzy home in a nice neighborhood are the ones who need to fear, for The Taxman is on his evil way to relieve them of their prosperity. The goal of Socialism is to eliminate the Middle Class entirely, and have only an Upper Class and a Lower Class, and they’re doing pretty good at bringing this about. Increasing inflation while keeping wages the same does wonders to achieve this.
Americans are leaving suburbia and moving more and more into cities and the reason should be obvious to most, it’s because it costs a lot more to live in the suburbs and the country, and there’s fewer jobs there. As the suburbian’s incomes decrease and they continue to move to cities, there’s less work for those who stay. Individual homes are disappearing in the cities and being replaced with tall apartment buildings to house all the new people.
But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing like living in a small community. We get about 3 really hot weeks here in the summer but the rest of the time it’s very livable and there’s very little traffic here too. When I moved here 4 years ago, there was a lot of summer traffic with people going to the lake and lots of campers, but each year since it’s gotten less and this year there’s pretty much none. More businesses have closed but a new one opened, Family Dollar, sells stuff cheap like Walmart and is doing a great business. You want a job here? That’s funny. The biggest industry in this mountain valley is growing pot, I bet.
Right now, THIS is Heaven, nothing happens here in this isolated mountain desert town. I know it won’t stay that way, poverty is deepening here, too, that slurpy suck reaches all of us, and I may have to do a few things to fortify my home more than it is now. Burglary becomes a common form of self-employment in bad times.
For now, the world is just an interesting thing to watch. I just hope it doesn’t get too interesting.