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loving life on a hikeAs I write this we are in the middle of a wind advisory in Olympia.  No big deal; we get these storms blowing in off the Pacific on a regular basis, and it will blow through and make way for the next one, and life will go on.

The imagination of a writer….I was looking at the advisory and I thought it was a shame that we don’t have an economic advisory that flashes on the screen when things are about to turn stormy.  Wouldn’t that be handy?

I toss this out for anyone interested, which will probably be me and Bev when she reads it.  LOL  Am I the only one not fooled by reports that our economy is slowly improving?  I look around me and I’m not seeing improvement.  Sure jobs have increased but most of them are part-time jobs and really mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  In fact, homelessness has increased…buying power continues to decrease….well, you get the picture.

I’ll tell you what really concerns me, besides the fact that the top 1% control most of the wealth….what really concerns me is that 70% of the U.S. economy are consumer goods industries.  Now I have to ask myself this:  if consumers have no money to spend on consumer goods, what happens to 70% of our economy?  And if prices are increasing and the only response is part-time jobs, what does that do to the millions of citizens who are hanging on by a thread right now?

Solving the economic ills of this country is a mammoth job; we are literally looking at a decade at least before we see significant change because you all know how quickly things change in this country….that’s another ten years of things getting worse for about ¾ of the people.  How much longer can things get worse before the bottom falls out of the entire economy?

All I can do is raise awareness through my articles, and take care of my family.  We have been taking steps towards self-sufficiency for two years now, and in two years we will be close to achievement.  I can no longer trust my government to do the right thing for its citizens, so it’s time I took care of myself and loved ones.

I wish you all a smooth ride, but I suspect it’s going to get pretty bumpy.


“Raising awareness one person at a time.”