Why is it in a capitalistic society like ours that it's always the people who have the least that are the ones who bail out the ones who have the most?
Why do we not require large companies and banks to be capitalized to a point that they can survive without bailouts from taxpayers? Actually they are, but it's all overseas in tax havens! Let stockholders bear the brunt of recessions, not the general public. We do not gain by their investments, why should we suffer for them? Everyone is supposed to save money for a rainy day or retirement, why is big business any different?
At least in the crisis of "08" , the Obama administration made the automakers go through bankruptcy and then bailed them out with stock purchases, making them pay it all back with interest!
You will never see that in a Republican administration! Tax breaks in the billions and bailouts in the multi-billions! I'll say it again, they don't give two shits about you and your family!
Now they want to send people back into the factories and processing plants to die, just so they can say they did a "great job" getting everything open again. Let me explain to those who think this is right. If the last 2 months haven't taught you how to survive on minimal supplies, then you will learn nothing from this disease!
But then, there are many of you that will not survive this pandemic because you are too unwilling to do the right thing.
I gotta have a haircut! I gotta go to the bar! I gotta go to the beach! I gotta go to a restaurant! Bullshit to all of it!
Until they get this under control, you will do nothing but spread it to many others. How many have to die needlessly because you can't stay away from your favorite things for awhile? Welcome to life in the modern age! It's only going to get worse for awhile, get used to it and adapt!
As always, may you find peace and tranquility!
Here we are on April 22nd, almost 4 months into this debacle, with no end in sight, deaths still rising every day and the Republican/Cheat/Governor of Georgia wants to open massage parlors and dine in restaurants and tattoo parlors. What could possibly go wrong with that? After all, Georgia IS in the Bible Belt!
And now the Mayor of Las Vegas wants in on the game! Don't these people care about the fact that first of all, the airline industry has 2/3 of it's capacity parked on the ground in various places around the world, so you can't get there right now anyway, and secondly, bringing all those people together to be dispersed all over the states when they leave, spreading the virus, because this time it doesn't stay in Vegas!
MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because that's what we all amount to, MONEY. Care not about whether your life is grand --- or miserable. It's all about money and greed. They have it, you don't!
By the way, as I write this, I am enjoying one of the only perks of this lock-down, freshly bottled homemade blackberry wine!
Now, back to my tirade.
I get the fact that this is probably the first time in their lives that people don't have any security, are afraid of where their next meal is coming from.
I get the fact that people are becoming more fearful of their position in life, because without the continuity of our financial status, everything we have is worthless. If you can't drink it, smoke it or eat it, it's worthless!
But realize this! Our country, or what's left of it, will go on for several reasons. The first is that all wealthy people cannot be that way without you, your are their modern day indentured servants! You build things for them to sell and make a handsome profit. Do you see that profit? I thought not!,
But secondly, and most importantly, many more people are going to die before this is over, whether it be by COVID, whether it be by hunger or stress, or whether it be by civil uprisings because the food chain has broken down (and it may) and people with guns (you remember, those pieces of steel that shoot people) are killing for a morsel of food or water.
If this is not handled properly (and I guaranty it will not be), this could be the biggest disaster this country has ever faced. It already is. The dominoes are already falling and I wonder if we can stop them without too much more damage.
I end this with very mixed feelings about our planet and it's inhabitants. We have an opportunity to change much, and start with a new slate. Let's not squander the chance!
As always and especially now, may you find peace and stay safe.
Imagine yourself going back to a previous time in history, the year 1929. The stock market was going gangbusters, the people were nearing the end of the "Roaring Twenties", And all was "peachy keen".
Next thing you know, all hell breaks loose! The stock market crashes, bringing about the loss of millions of jobs, millions of destitute Americans in bread or soup lines, hoping to get at least a little to eat!
Homeless people abound! Mass migrations westward!
Little food because of poor farming habits destroying the soil. Dust storms so big you thought they would never end!
If you got sick, you died!
GET THE PICTURE?
We now have a lunatic running the country and a Cabinet filled with people qualified for 2 things: Destroying the department they are assigned to and KISSING DONALD JOHN tRUMPS ASS!
We don't have dust storms, we have a deadly virus.
The stock market will be bailed out (again), all big business will be bailed out, but those people without connections, you're fucked!
Enjoy those mile long lines at the food pantry, until the food runs out! Then what? Spend that $1200 check they gave you, while the millionaires and billionaires rake 80% off the top?
So you couldn't put away a rainy day fund because you just had to have that new Iphone, and of course pantries today are only large enough to store maybe a weeks groceries, but that's OK, I can just run to the store and buy more (toilet paper).
And whatever you do, don't get sick! You had better be on deaths doorstep before you enter a hospital today, because you will either come out in a body-bag or bankrupt, take your choice!
So how many years is it going to take to right this ship (if even possible and bring some sanity back to life?
OK, you tried this experiment and it didn't work. Now go back in your fucking caves and don't come out again for another hundred years like the locusts you are!
As always, may peace be among you!