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Life as we know it, circa 2009
The other day I was listening to a news report. I forget exactly what is what about, the stock market was down or new layoffs had been announced, .. something of that order, .. when the newscaster made a comment in reference to a “New Normal”.
With those two words stuck in my head I have since been trying to define the term. I have concluded it means “nothing”. “Nothing” in the sense of what once was is no more. The concept of enterprise is dashed when there is no more money.
But all is not lost, buckaroos. The US government and our newly elected Messiah has taken upon the feat of pulling trillions of dollars out of thin air. I had hoped they would simply fill semi trailers with 100 dollar bills then shovel them out onto street corners, but that has not been the case. Instead, they have given the money back to the banks which lost it in the first place with the hope they might find the goodness in their hearts to lend it back to the proletariat from which it originated. .. High finance can be befuddling.
In the meantime, those of us without the wherewithal to make sense of anything, wait. I wait for something better than nothing.
If I lose my job, I can collect unemployment insurance. If my health insurance lapses, I may get fixed up for free. If I can’t pay my mortgage, maybe the government will. If I’m short on food, I get a “Bridge” card. All I have to do is ask, then resign myself to a life less ordinary, a “New Normal”.
Maybe it’s a good thing, this reversal of fortune. Hasn’t the entire economic crisis originated from the pursuit of the unnecessary? I don’t need a large home, I don’t need a new car. I don’t need thousands of dollars in electronic gear, most of which I haven’t figured out how to properly operate anyway. I don’t need a boat. I don’t need new clothes or expensive vacations. Although, I might need a gun to fend off the desperate army of workers who previously produced the items and services I no longer need. .. Allowing I haven’t become one myself, in which case I still need a gun.
Could be, many people are unnecessary. There are already large segments of the population existing by the grace of the welfare state in the inner cities and rural areas who will never be employed while their numbers continue to grow.
I suppose in some time, a few years perhaps, we’ll be back to the old normal, more balls to the wall spending sprees. A few trillion dollars can’t hurt. All that’s unnecessary will again be in demand.
There is some thought to legalizing marijuana and other drugs as a tax source to pay off this incredible debt being incurred. I’m all for it. I imagine, overall, drugs would be cheaper and it’s a hella lot more entertaining watching television 18 hours a day, stoned. Particularly the news.