Friday, July 9, 2010

The Times, They Are a Changin'

How on earth is it possible that the weekend night guy has his finger on the pulse of the economic barometer for a whole country? A simple enough question you might think. Being able to observe spending trends in a diverse clientele? Gauging people's reactions to see-sawing gas prices? Any number of statistical analyses or socio-economic studies might come in handy for the lonely night guy. It's so much simpler than all that hoo ha.

It's all in the change.

Huh? Good question. What do you suppose things are like for the average person when people pay for gas or a pack of cigarettes with handfuls of change? When a single dad brings his daughter in for a "treat" consisting of two hot dogs for $2 from the roller grill. For dinner. When teenagers can't find their traditional jobs because all the out of work adults scooped them up.

Blame it on Obama, blame it on Bush, blame it on Warren G. Harding for all I care. See, the thing is, it doesn't REALLY matter. We created what ever mess we're in together. All of us. As much as the Heelots (I give you permission to Google it. I implore you to take the time to find the movie and watch it.) would love to inherit the earth, they need the small guy to survive in order to have what ever luxuries they deem necessary. Bank bailouts, bonuses, all that stuff you've read about, floating around with no thought as to where the money really comes from. It's from the guy buying cigarettes with his last bit of change til pay day. The woman apologetically asking for $2.79 worth of gas.

As Red Green (More Google if you must) is wont to say, "I'm pullin' for ya. We're all in this together."


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