There was a bit of confusion at the store this morning.When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, “Strip down facing me.”
Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card. I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!
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Why am I not surprised! I also would not be surprised to read that this happened (maybe to some extend still happening today?) also in other civilized countries.
I received recently an e-mail with the following content:
A clunker that travels 12,000 miles a year at 15 mpg uses 800 gallons of gas a year.
A vehicle that travels 12,000 miles a year at 25 mpg uses 480 gallons a year.
So, the average Cash for Clunkers transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.
They claim 700,000 vehicles so that’s 224 million gallons saved per year.
That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.
5 million barrels is about 5 hours worth of US consumption.
More importantly, 5 million barrels of oil at $70 per barrel costs about $350 million dollars.
So, the government paid $3 billion of our tax dollars to save $350 million.
We spent $8.57 for every dollar saved.
I’m pretty sure they will do a great job with health care, though.
EMails and publications like this show again how narrow-minded and ignorant some people are.
The “Cash-for-Clunker” program was never put into place in order to save on oil and gas, but rather to give the American people an incentive to buy a new car. This in return helped the US automotive industry, saved work places and kept the industry going.
Without this program, tens of thousands of additional jobs would have been lost.
Not only automotive companies would have failed but hundreds of underlying companies that manufacture and supply the automotive industry as well as support these car manufacturers and its suppliers would have gone out of business.
This in return that would have meant even more unemployment benefits to be paid. Workers and staff that would have been laid off would have had no money to spend, which then would have led to and even bigger economical disaster.
Saving on oil and gas by having more fuel-efficient cars just is an added on bonus.
I encourage everybody to see the whole, bigger picture and not just what it seems like at first sight or what some bad-mouthes would like you to see.
Cost of living going down?
What planet does our government live on?
I was just grocery shopping yesterday and I got some nasty surprises.
There is an item (at this time I will not single out a particular brand and product, since it is representative across the board) we buy regularly. It used to cost (Sept. 2009) for a 7.0 ounce package $4.59. Yesterday I bought the same item in the same store. The package was sized down to 3.5 ounces but the price was $3.99. For the one challenged in math, like our government that is an increase in cost of $2.44 (half the amount should be only $2.55) or over 100%. Same is happening with many other products. Less product but higher cost.
And by the way – the 7.0 ounce package was not available anymore. Something is wrong with this picture.
Does it ever end? How much longer will this be going on? And then these Economists are all surprised about it.
We are in the worst recession since WWII. We are in uncharted waters.
How can anybody even dare to make predictions?
Let’s stop making predictions and wrongly raise hope for millions of people.
Everybody stop listening to these so-called “Economic Analysts/Specialist”!
There guess right now is as good as anybody elses guess.
Let’s just live everyday like it is the last and do whatever you think is the right thing to do.
If you want to spend money, just do it.
If you think you need to save, just do it.
At the end it is us that control the economy. Don’t let anybody manipulate your thinking and try to steer you in a unknown direction, because this is what got us into this mess. We listened to much to these “Specialists”.
We, the people, have the power to make it happen.
Let us all reclaim this power.
Don’t listen to the news!
Don’t believe everything you are told!
Don’t believe everything you read!