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Part 1 ~ Hot Flashing, Ranting & Raving About the State of the Economy

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Bread Lines

Depression Bread Lines

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Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan

I’m probably hot-flashing again, dear readers, as I’m getting into one of my moods where I feel I must speak up. I’m posting this on my Musings Blog, rather than my “fun” Mama Mentor Blog, because ~~ this is not a fun topic.

Part I

I belong to several social networking forums. One in particular, a Mom forum, has been heavily debating the State of the Union and the economy, and whether anyone thinks it’s affecting their WAHM business. As the posts are moderated ~ well, you can understand that many do not get through. Personally, I’m getting a little tired of that forum. Thank goodness I blog, so I can expound and get on my high horse.

Many of the Mom members are young. I have nothing against being young ~ I was there myself once long ago.

But I cannot agree with their comments that the economy is rosy, things are great, and that the media is just making things out to look badly. Forum comments reflect the position that the economy is only bad to those whom are personally affected by it. Yes, and no. There’s a maxim that the “personal becomes the political.” I can agree with that.

However, I just didn’t fall off the apple cart. I’m a Baby Boomer and I’ve been married for 34 years, and have obviously lived through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Never have I seen things looking so bad for this country.

As many of you know, I live in New England. I filled up my car today. I’d been riding on fumes, and have an American made car. We don’t wear the US flag on our sleeves, but DH insists we do buy American when we can. It cost me $64 to fill up today. I’m saving that gas receipt, just for ha ha’s. I used to have a 2002 Malibu that we bought new. In 2002, it cost me $12 to fill, which I thought was great, since it replaced the 1995 Windstar mini-van that I had.

Methinks that the young moms are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Just because you’re perhaps not personally affected, doesn’t mean the rest of the country isn’t. We’re what I consider, or used to consider middle class. I’m a college grad. I have a DD who’s a college grad, and another who’ll graduate in May 2009. My DH spent time at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and now owns his own business.

I read over 20 national newspapers a day because of my cubicle job. One of my favorite columnists is Debbie Solomon from the Burlington Free Press in Vermont. Her recent post sums up my feelings better than I can express them. Read it here. I hope this link continues to work.

Kiddos, things are going to get much worse before they get better. Hold on to your hats, you’re in for a ride.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my rantings and ravings on this subject. Comments appreciated.

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3 comments

  1. Cindi – THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I am SO HAPPY to see someone else who agrees with me here.

    I graduated from high school in 1980 so I am, technically at least, a boomer as well. When I graduated there were jobs, the economy was booming, the world was my oyster. If you wanted to do it, by God, you had the opportunity to do it.

    Fast-forward 28 years. My son just graduated from HS. He hasn’t even been able to find a job at McDonalds (he isn’t doing college til Jan). There are too many “adults” who are working in what are typically the “teen” jobs because they’ve either been downsized from their regular jobs or they need a second job to pay the bills.

    This economy is frightening. My dad owns a little piece of land with a mobile home on it. He is quite elderly but has made it plain that he is leaving that land and trailer to my sisters and me because he foresees that one day we might need to have a place, already paid for, where we can more or less live off the land… and this man lived through the depression, a world war and more…

    Sorry to go on so long on your comments. This one just got to me.

  2. I agree with you that things are bad right now and only look like they are going to get worse. I find it hard to believe that there is anyone out there who doesn\’t think that there is something wrong with the economy.

    Earlier tonight I was discussing the gas situation with my mom, brother, and his wife and said that I was quite surprised that no one seemed to be protesting the high cost of gas or were taking any sort of measures, like car-pooling, to help save gas. Either people don\’t believe that this is a problem or they are living in a dream world. If it\’s a dream world, I hate to think how they are going to feel when they wake up to reality and realize that it is bad … very, very bad.

  3. I went to the grocery store last night to pick up a few staples and was SHOCKED at the prices. It looks like the gas prices have finally caught up with the food prices. I’m very worried. Things are not looking good at all.

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