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I hope you are all enjoying this great fall weather! I certainly am – I much prefer cooler weather over the heat of the summer months. Now we will trade high power bills because of air conditioning for high power bills because of heaters. Hopefully we can make it a while longer not using either one so we can save up for what’s ahead.
There will be many major changes coming our way that we need to prepare for. We are already seeing gas prices at the pump going up, empty shelves at the stores, higher prices on most goods and services, and I still haven’t been able to get a supply of my regular toilet paper from Sam’s Club! We still can’t get good service in many businesses because of a lack of workers, and now the government wants to fire many of the people who have heroically worked throughout this “pandemic.” The cost of fuel and wages is raising the price of what goods we CAN find. And this is not going away anytime soon.
As if we don’t have enough problems with people not WANTING to work, the people who DO want to work are having their jobs threatened if they don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is happening to many of the people we really depend on for our health, safety, education, and supplies – medical workers, nurses, law enforcement, air traffic controllers, teachers, and truck drivers. Exactly WHERE will we find replacements for these people?
I’m hearing that many classes for nurses, CNAs, LPNs, and paramedics are being “fast tracked” because of the shortage of workers. This means that a course that used to take 1-2 years can now be completed in a matter of months – and sometimes weeks! Exactly how comfortable are you if you have to use one of these people? How knowledgeable are they REALLY?
It’s time to start looking very closely at our family budgets. Unlike the government, we are not able to print money if we run out. WE would go to jail. The best thing to do is take what you spend now on NECESSITIES and add 20% to be on the safe side. This includes pretty much everything except your mortgage – rent, food, gas, household supplies, garbage service, water, and utilities can all be raised without our consent. And if we understand the basis of the free enterprise system and capitalism, most businesses are not created to break even or take losses. Would YOU work for nothing? But I guess we could just allow the government to take over the operation of all of this so we wouldn’t have to worry! Yes, they are the government and are here to help – how has THAT been working out?
I’ve actually been surprised that many of the main street media outlets have been covering some of these issues. They are beginning to question the policy changes that are contributing to these problems – like shutting down our energy sources so we can start buying from other countries again at a higher cost. Like putting mandates and rules on Americans, but allowing illegal immigrants to flow into our country with no health testing, their food and housing provided, and then they are being flown into unsuspecting areas of the country in the cover of darkness and released into the communities around the country.
These people have no jobs, are receiving benefits that many Americans can’t get, are being provided housing, and overrunning our schools and medical facilities. Don’t get me wrong. I am sorry these people live in countries without the freedoms and lifestyles we enjoy. BUT – if we don’t stop this, WE are going to be living in the same conditions that they were trying to get away from. If we were economically stable and had money in the bank, I’d say “come on in.” Just like inviting family and friends to stay with you – if you can’t afford what you have right now, how do you think you are going to afford more people and their needs?
Bottom line, we need to think of our country and government like we do our own home and income. If we are living on credit, the bills will come due whether we can afford to pay them or not. And, if we ARE trying to live within our means, how are we going to face the challenges that are coming?
Should those of us just barely keeping our heads above water close our eyes and make no plans, or should we look to the future and plan accordingly? My suggestion is to make sure we have resources to cover the absolute necessities and cut out the extras until the situation improves.
I’m old enough to remember when taking charity and government handouts was considered the absolute LAST thing anyone would do – it was very frowned upon. Then the politicians created the “Nanny State” with government programs, handouts and “free” stuff. Instead of being a temporary helping hand, the hand took away peoples’ self respect and values in return for creating generations of families who can no longer break the chains of poverty and dependence. Temporary assistance from churches, family and communities was replaced by our good “Uncle Sam.”
“We’re here from the government, and we are here to help.”
Watch your backs! God – please help us.