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The framers of Constitution contemplated a temporary Congress that would, every year or two, put down their plows or close their banks or stores, travel to the Congress to handle matters of federal importance, and then RETURN TO THEIR REGULAR JOBS!!!
Today we have a ruling class who feel almost as entitled to their positions as they claim the poor/aged act entitled to their social programs.
I don't know why any one is so surprised by what is happening and has happened to our country. The U.S. is reaping what it has been sowing for decades. Various people have been sounding the alert for decades, but we chose not to listen. Just like with global warming - which I first heard about 50 years ago when I was in the 4th grade - our "leaders" chose to do nothing and now it is too late.. We are still indulging in selective listening and poor judgment - just look at our pathetic political system and the utterly horrid people we have to choose from for President. Lord help us! YES - we definitely need term limits - not only for the president, but for Congress and the Senate - no more life-long jobs!! It breeds corruption, cronyism, and only lines their pockets and stuffs their bank accounts and keeps them utterly out of touch with reality and their constituencies.
Come on. A nation that could elect that f*****g idiot George Jr. for not one - but TWO - freaking terms in office and idly stood by picking their noses and allowed him to totally destroy what was left of what was once- and never again will be - the most wonderful country on earth, should expect no less than we are getting.
You can point the finger at others, but look down at your hand - there are at least three fingers pointing back at you.
From the moment we as a nation started buying from companies who choose to take their companies overseas, we were in trouble. From televisions, textile , steel, wood, drywall, autos, trinkets, food...etc, we encouraged the decline of the United States. We were so engrossed in "instantly cheaper", we couldn't see the "enormous price" we would eventually pay. When the unemployment rates go up...so everything follows suit. Current employment figures "do not" accurately reflect the numbers. Some people exhausted their benefits years ago and are still umemployed. The moment we allowed foreigners to get a "free" college education, we increased the price we have to pay for US citizens to get a college education. Obesity in the US is a direct result of the federally mandated school lunch menu.
The cost of War is the main reason for the national debt. Lack of regulation is the cause of the extreme cost of prescription drugs. Borrowing money from the Social Security fund and never repaying it results in the solvency of the fund. Lack of a flat rate tax and loopholes in the tax system results in inequality and also the lack of funds. Recieving services without having to do anything if able contributes to inequality. The advancement in technologies has created change...walking around texting instead of with a book to read. We are all part of the problems somehow, someway. Possible solutions...Buy American or go without for awhile...Educate yourself via technology as much as you possibly can....eat smaller and healthier....work at something and toward something..Get involved in helping others to achieve all they are capable of achieving. God Bless America. I love this country even with all its flaws....it is an awesome place to live.
USA". They should put up new banners "Made in China".
the reality of expenses today are devastating..we are retired,on modest income,and find we stay at home more and more now with gas prices.we do not go out and eat, and when we do go to town, shopping is sparse,and
only get things on sale. this is terrible for us at christmas and birthdays,not being able to do much for the kids.
our lifestyle has changed dramatically,and my husband gets angry over the way our life and retirement has
taken away any pleasures we should be enjoying.we now shop at the dollar store and goodwill..
The Conservative Dresser, has been sidelined especially in Florida Macy's , - now , Dillard's has succumbed to this Market trend , Nordstrom's is about the only Department Store to really care about it's discerning Customers.
J.C.Penney & Sears just lost the Plot completely with old tired stores, personnel who look bored and hiring of personnel who do not speak English is a definite turnoff , also this penchant to have manufacturers use tacky Colors, just for them , who wants to look like they bought clothing made just for Penney's ? as for buying at Target, now why would we want to buy from the "FRENCH " ? we can do better, get back to basics and buy only clothing made in America of Cotton grown in America , let us stop buying this cancer causing poisoned clothing from China.
Where does anyone get the idea that the job market is improving? The numbers the Feds put out are purposely misleading if not outright lying. The percentage of Americans out of work has not declined, only the way it is reported. If there are less jobs available and people have given up actively looking for work then you get lower numbers of unemployment. Why did Macys give lay off notices the last week of December? The last week of DECEMBER! That should have been their busiest week of the year and they were telling long term employees they were out of a job on January 1st.
Retailers do not lay off in good economic times.
My biggest problem with retailers is that, in order to keep their stock prices low, they underproject their sales, and, staff according to that underprojection. That's why there's no help when you go to stores like Macy's. Lack of service makes people ask themselves, "why am I shopping here, paying 20-30% higher prices than Target or Walmart, when I'm not even getting any service?"
That's why these companies are going out of business. The full service department stores are supposed to have service as their brand - they took the service away and now they have no value to the American consumer. We might as well all shop at Target.
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