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Sure, I would say most Americans are cutting back on things like groceries, dining out, and weekend trips. With the rising cost of fuel and food, we really have no other choice. Of course, the ones being hit the hardest are the low to middle income families.
Big corporations, and even small businesses have raised prices on their products to offset the increases. Unfortunately, the little guy is the one that those increases are being passed onto. I really feel for the young working couples with families. The cost to survive continues to escalate at about 33%, yet their incomes are either not going up at all or minimally at a lousy rate of maybe 3-5%. How are they making it?
Cut out the internet access, cable TV, shop generic brands instead of name brands. Car pool to work, take public transportation. But is it all really enough? And, more importantly, is it right that our Government COULD put a stop to some of this madness, yet they don't?
I am not in favor of big government, and I am almost embarassed at this point to admit I voted for George Bush. But, this insaneness (is that a word?) needs to stop. Meanwhile, the Fed keeps cutting interest rates, our government is bailing out lending institutions and our President is saying "our economy is just going through some adjustments." Adjustments, hell! Our economy has been tanking for years. I'm no brainiac, but I've seen this coming for at least 5 years.
The rich (the oil companies) are getting richer, and the poor (the average American) are getting poorer. And nobody gives a damn.
Obama is focused on talking about his poor, sorry black racist ass....Osama is running free in Pakistan....Bush has created another Vietnam in Iraq....Britney Spears continues to be the role model for our grandchildren by being a trampy, slutty piece of flesh, and her 16 year old pregnant sister became a superstar BECAUSE she got pregnant at 16! Remember when girls would be ashamed if they got pregnant at 16?
Obama: Your 'pastor' made his famous sermon in 2001! Now, in 2008, 7 years later, the whole world knows what he said, that's when YOU decide his comments were uncalled for.
Osama: God will deal with you.
Bush: What a disappointment you are to your country.
Spears: It seems your parents made some grave mistakes in your upbringing. It's a little thing they forgot to instill in you, and its called dignity.
My guess is, it's only a matter of time before China will step right in and take our country. They've been gradually taking it for a number of years. All that's left is the mopping up. Dumb Americans. We've got no one to blame but ourselves.