Well today seems like a better day. After a totally relaxing weekend I was not ready to face the corporate demons at DFS. Matter of fact I was not ready to face anything that would interrupt the peaceful bliss of the holiday season.
Sometimes the balance just has a way of catching up with you. I knew the bliss would not remain but I stubbornly refused to let go to the illusion. Now time to move forward into the "Taint" of the holiday season. Taint T-day and taint Christmas yet.
Which brings me to the subject of Christmas and the Stock Market.
Yesterday the Dow dropped 158 points yesterday. Seems Wally Mart had poor sales after T-day on Black Friday and caused concerns on Wall Street. I am no expert on the Stock Market, in fact I am financially disadvantaged, but Wally Mart? How can the number one importer of China goods cause a runaway freefall in stocks? Why is Wally Mart the indicator of holiday spending? What happened to everyone else?
Well actually the Dow tanked because of the weakened dollar overseas. It take almost two dollars to buy one British pound, and a dollar thirty to buy one Euro. So from this I assume Chinese goods will cost Wally Mart and others more money to purchase and the famous "Price Rollback" is not happening. The playing field has leveled out. Durable goods purchases are down also.
I fully expect the cost of producing stuff in China will increase, adding to that is the rise of labor unions which are fully supported by the Chinese government. Our almighty dollar is going the way of the Dodo bird folks, if the Chinese were to call in the debt right now, they would OWN America. The Corporatistas have engorged themselves with profits by being able to go to places for cheap labor, like China, for years, now we must pay the price.
It always falls to us the consumers to pay for corporate profiteering, but we buy right into it don't we? We must buy stuff, lots and lots of stuff, buy more than lots of stuff, buy containerloads of stuff, from China. Like the spoiled children we are we wallow in our stuff, we rent storage facilities to contain our excess stuff, we fight the hordes and masses for our stuff.
No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are spoiled, we are! Spoiled by the Corporatistas waving stuff under our noses in an effort to get us to bite the hook of consumerism. Well we can choose to bite or not. Using credit cards with impunity we head off to Wally Mart and others to support the Corporatistas and all they do to keep us full of.......stuff. Stuff that due to cheap construction will end up in a landfill before next Christmas rears its head once again.
I oppose pending needlessly if you already have enough stuff. Instead of making your holidays a stuff filled extravaganza, consider filling the stockings of those unable to afford the most basic of necessities, food and shelter. Donate to local food banks, give to others unable to make it alone in this consumer based society.
Somtimee in the near future you might be joining the ranks of the poor. Would you want to be ignored?