Sunday, October 21, 2007
Winter of Discontent?
Halloween? Thanksgiving? Egads, Christmas?
When I look honestly at my thoughts about the approaching fall, winter and the slew of holiday-related activities, many of the things that come to mind are related to things. Stuff. Material objects.
Prosperity is the byproduct of many things. Patience, charity, hard work, diligence, belief, dedication, education, preparation, good fortune and yes, sometimes just plain old luck. Those can work together in many different combinations or alone.
The concept of prosperity is entwined in the threads that, woven together comprise the fabric of this nation. The America I envision balances prosperity for all into the equation. But on the heels of the sub-prime mess, a weak US dollar, high fuel prices and spikes in layoffs coupled with headline-grabbing cut backs at companies from AOL to Motorola economic indicators aren't looking good at the moment.
To mark the anniversary of Black Monday, the Dow took a huge loss on Friday.
So it hurts when I read this and I'm concerned.
It's going to be a long, hard winter for many people in this country; is this the kind of country we want to be? We just kind of tolerate the idea that the nature of our economy will include millions of people who manage to stay just above the poverty line?
Remember many of these people are working full time and more.
The gap that divides along economic lines widens. Again. Is that promoting the general welfare of our nation?