Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dig Deeper

The conservative dream is coming true for America, the first quarter of economic activity for the US saw a 5.2% drop in hourly wages when adjusted for inflation. This is the biggest decline since records were first kept in 1947, which is not just coincidental with the Republican's 'do nothing' Congress of that year that created the states' ability to have 'right to work' laws, or in plain English 'union busting' driving wages down to starvation levels. It has taken decades, but this is what they dreamed of.

This is all you need to know about the sluggish economic recovery after the Bush Crash, Consumer spending is 70% of the GDP and low wages mean no spending because it produces few jobs, jobs that don't pay enough to live on, and that means no recovery.  Things are simply not getting better because of the steady downward pressure on the wages for the middle-class through worker lock outs, union concessions to avoid hopeless strikes, corporate buyouts, and fraudulent bankruptcies.

An interesting factoid is that the average square footage of new homes has started to go up again, and is exceeding pre-Bush crash levels. It's not likely that the 1% are building even bigger McMansions, it's more likely that the lower middle-class simply aren't building their 'shotgun shacks' at all anymore. Renting, living on somebody's basement couch, or camping in the woods is the more common lifestyle for the working poor.

The retreat of the wealthy to a gated community inside the circle of a larger gated community continues as they seek to escape the real world that they have created. We are already seeing weather phenomenon exceeding that the 'climate change alarmists' (the 14,000 people with phd's that have been published), those few that were predicting today's conditions. Well actually they meant it for the 22nd century, not now.

We have EF-5 tornadoes exceeding historical records by double, we saw two of them in a single week in Oklahoma, when there have only been 55, ever nationwide. That's right in 60 years of keeping track. If the 'big one' we just saw, the record setter of 2.6 miles across, had plowed into a city, the death toll would resemble something from a nuclear war report.

The three 'storm chasers' that were killed by this storm thought they knew everything that could be know about this kind of storm. They met what has been know as 'the finger of God'. It cuts a two foot trench into the ground, asphalt is like warm butter, re-enforced concrete slabs crumble like crackers, vehicles are shredded into piles of engine blocks with the rest just scattered like confetti, cows and humans are 'de-gloved' (that is they are skinned alive). Nothing short of a fortified underground shelter is survivable.

The rest of us can just rely on prayer. Twitter @BruceEnberg  But don't bother me, I'm digging a deeper bunker.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I haven't listened to Mike Malloy (sp?) in quite a while, but he is the one who made me aware of your posts. Sometimes wish I could fix your grammar before your text goes live; those mistakes don't change the validity of your viewpoint for me but I know other over-educated folk can discount it based on that. Also wish your posts could be mandatory reading for every office-holding Democrat, so many have lost their way. Everytime they pass Republican-centric legislation they get further from home ("Saving Private Ryan" paraphase). Keep up the good fight.

@oddmike1 Hayward, CA

Anonymous said...

Hi Prarrie2, Pennsylvania has turned into a Commonwealth of McWaltons. The people here are fine with that no matter how much I try to tell them they lost so much.

Here in Allentown, we used to have a few big union companies, now we are barely scraping by. The people who used to have the good union jobs are bitching about those who still do have union jobs instead of demanding their's back. You know, sometimes an ice pick would feel better to my ears than their droning on about the loss of their latest job that they needed another two years of school to get.

Bill

prairie2 said...

Notice to Trolls: this is not forum for you to post your right-wing talking points. I will not participate in your attempts to destroy civilization. If you wish to challenge my actual writing in a logical manner, that could get posted, but I'll probably tear it apart anyway.

Anonymous said...

"Renting, living on somebody's basement couch, or camping in the woods is the more common lifestyle for the working poor." The brutal truth is that the world is overpopulated by at least 30%. They can't make it on earth. Life is too much for them. Either too dumb, fried brain with drugs, didn't take school seriously, no marketable skills, no motivation, mental problems, physical troubles, loser mentality, criminals, ect. If those 30% would simply walk straight into the ocean. Many of the world's problems would disappear.

prairie2 said...

I let that last RWNJ comment through because it bears scrutiny. Kill the renters? Amazing, since he's talking about the bulk of his own people.

Anonymous said...

Kill all renters? No. Many successful people rent for a list of reasons, most of which is probably ease of mobility or it is cheaper than owning. But, 30% of population does fall into "Either too dumb, fried brain with drugs, didn't take school seriously, no marketable skills, no motivation, mental problems, physical troubles, loser mentality, criminals, ect." categories. Brutal? Yes. Truthful? Yep. A serious drag on world? Absolutely.

Dave said...

OK, now it's time to look up Social Darwinism. You can find it on the what that fine specimen of humanity George W Bush called "the Internets."

Take care labeling certain people as "less thans" who would do a public service by naturally-selecting out of life. This kind of thinking can and has lead to all manner of exploitation and cruelty.

If you think some brutality wouldn't be so bad, consider that it might be you and yours receiving it.