Have you ever watched America Pickers? Pawn Shop Wars? Do you think all these programs popping up are just demanded by people because they are so poor, or are they “social engineering” classes? Nobody Wonders….
I have a wonderful friend named Missy, whose family used to be the typical middle class, and she is a great American Picker. Missy is an American woman in the style of Sarah Palin…don’t mess with her, or you’ll liable to find yourself up a tree. She’s feisty, intelligent, loyal, honest, compassionate, and very patriotic.
Her son used to own his own fitness center. Her husband, Mark, used to work for the Post Office. Missy and Mark used to live in New York, but they moved to North Carolina because the New York property taxes were just too much to bear.
Like millions of baby boomers all over America, they are struggling. Mark lost his pension that was promised, and they get a little from Social Security. Mark is good at being a handyman so they spent their lives buying homes, fixing them up, and then sellng them for a profit. They worked hard for their dream, and succeeded many times over.
You know where I’m going with this.
Nobody Wonders how Obama misses this stuff?
Her son has the usual divorce problems, and he is ordered to pay child support… but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t find a job. He went to a job fair and there were thousands applying. The jobs are just not there. And yet, he is still expected to pay child support. He hardly ever sees his daughter and it’s tearing him up inside.
These are the kind of tough Americans the country was built on. Mark can fix, any car, build any house, fix any problem. Missy can cook fantastic meals from scratch, make her own jellies, skin and cook a deer— tell you how to store onions and eggs in sand. Whenever I have a medical problem I go to her first. Her knowledge of just about every single subject on disease is almost unmatched.
Yes, Missy has a very high IQ. She has saved me over my own doctor too many times to count.
But money is tight. And so, the family goes every Sunday and sets up their booth at the local community “fair.” They trade, they sell, they barter— whatever they can. Missy’s son goes almost every day, selling off stuff that he can find, make or barter.
This is HOW the family makes money: Flea markets.
It was so touching last week, when Missy told me about how Mark found some pajama’s she liked for $2.50 cents at some booth, so he bought her three. It’s a strong marriage. It’s a good team.
Mark and Missy were once middle class. Those days are now…gone. We are not only the food stamp nation, we are the flea market, dollar store, pawn shop, and Criagslist..give it your best shot…country.
Now…Obama and Mitt are going to talk on and on about the “middle” class, but we will have no middle class: most of our jobs are “service.” If you listened to Obama say today we were on the path to recovery, remember: We owe $16 trillion.
The country is NEVER going to be the same. They just don’t want you to know that, because it’s an election year.
Missy and Mark get by, selling what little they have left, and I must admit, I’m looking around my house wondering..old comic books, old family deeds, heirlooms, old coins, drum sets (oh no!) …but, my house is mostly books. I bought books for knowledge, no collector items. So, really…not worth much. Luckily, my house is paid for. And common sense tells me, I’ll probably live here till I die.
But, this is what bothers me. Now that the middle class has been downsized, and we are all feeling the pain, you can look at most of the millions anywhere on the planet and see people barely exiting. So, the very powerful see this: and see no problem with “downsizing” the people who live in United States to ‘Upsize” the rest of the world. The UN wants a universal purchase tax put on all rich countries to feed the rest of the world. They were going to use global warming to do this, but that’s not working out too well.
Alvin Toffler ( author of Future Shock), predicted that in the future, we would all become prosumers. We would work at something we loved and would not get paid. He said we would become a nation of barterers and money would become extinct. Alvin said capitalism would become extinct.
He said this many years ago..as if he WISHED it would happen. Now, if you have read me at all, this isn’t the first time I have talked about Alvin And Heidi Toffler.
As I watch American Pickers on TV, I can’t help but think that the popularity of this program is because of our dire economic situation. Obama can say all he wants…
The facts are there: The US deficit will never be repaid, not in our lifetime. The jobs and money will run out…and bartering will be, as Alvin predicted, the only way to eat for many.
Alvin also predicted corporations would do this too:
Many corporations are now moving to a form of internal corporate money so that their subsidiaries can do off the books trades that do not require either taxation or foreign exchange transactions. Barter exists among government-to-government trades, or big company-to-big company trades, where the controversy about internal pricing may be too high to translate into pricing
And that’s what bothers me…Alvin Toffler and his wife are social engineers. They think capitalism is outdated, as is America. They spent their life living in China. They have been advisers to all the leaders of the world.
Alvin Toffler wants YOU to be a prosumer, which in the American vocabulary means: slave.
Nobody says Alvin Toffler should meet my friend Missy. She’d pick him so bad, he would never heal. We must fight to save capitalism, and put the Toffler’s of the world back in the dark ages where they seem to want everyone else to be…or someday, there will be nothing left to pick.
When you find a “social engineer” who writes books for years predicting the future, Nobody seems to want to ask: Could he predict the future? Or…did Alvin Toffler help shape it?
Nobody Knows, but Nobody’s Opinion on the matter is very strong.