Some quick thought before the Holiday - Admin mostly
Well, another holiday tomorrow. Holidays are just depressing when you're unemployed. Just a chance to get together with your family and feel like a schmo. If I had the money i.e. if I was employed, the Wife and I would probably sneak off to a hotel somewhere. Anyway, holidays suck.
Oh, sort of related - I have now heard the idea of selling drugs to get through these times from three seperate sources. This does not bode well. When people who were doing well suddenly find themselves desperate enough to consider crossing the law just to make ends meet, mind you, not to make a lot of money, well, that's a pretty negative indicator of the economy that you are not going to find in the reporting statistics. And of course, it makes for a really bad cycle - crime goes up as people get desperate, more people wind up in jail, more overhead for the tax payers with zero return to the economy, driving more people into desperation...Yeah, there will be jobs in criminal justice, but have you looked at their pay scales lately? And as the tax burden goes up, don't think that the states and communities will be looking to give raises to anyone.
Caught this last night - frontline: secret history of the credit card on PBS
, and thought it was excellent. I knew the banking/credit card industry were bastards, I just didn't realize how bad. We only carry two cards, and for years we've been able to pay them off monthly; now some debt is accumulating and what happens? The just raised my limit another $2500. That sounds good at first, but I don't want to carry any debt; especially now. Actually, I don't want carry debt PERIOD. I have friends carrying huge debts, and these credit card companies are basically acting like legalized loan sharks. And the public's defenders, the OCC - Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks
, is doing less than nothing to help protect our citizens. Of course, I find ironic that a christian nation would have this problem. I would have thought they would have learned from Jesus's attack on the money lenders that this system is filled with immoral bastards, but we never learn.
Well, we have a severe thunderstorm moving in. I'll shut off the computer for now. Don't know if I'll get back to any blogging 'til Friday.
Anyway, happy Holidays...