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The Sky Is Falling?

My boss, myself and a couple of other coworkers were having a conversation late one evening last week about work, jobs and the economy in general.  My boss and one of the other guys there are quite conservative and therefore very critical of the upcoming stimulus package.  I find myself becoming more of a fiscal conservative and also don’t feel that the stimulus plan is the right way to go, at least in the form it was passed.  My main worry, regardless of how the money is spent, is when we get done bailing out various industries, who’s gonna be the one to bail out the U.S. Government when it goes bankrupt from the trillions of dollars in debt we are racking up?

On the drive home it really got me to thinking.  I don’t like to consider myself as being naive, but I do feel that as usual, the economy will get back on track although it may be a tough road for some.  What if it does not?  I mean there’s nothing stopping the whole thing from collapsing and sending us into a deep depression.  I mean who’s to say we haven’t really fucked ourselves over for good this time with our reckless ways and we really pay for it this time.

One of the questions posed by those in the discussion was “so if we fall into this deep depression, do we stock up on food or ammo?”.  His reply was ammo, or more likely both.  What worries me is if this really is such a far fetched idea.  History is riddled with societies that fall into chaos and I don’t know why the present day U.S. is not susceptible to the same fate.

Like most people, I am completely dependent on the conveniences of our modern society to provide all that I need.  I have not method to feed and protect my family without relying on someone else to provide it for me.  Yes, I go to work to earn the money to buy food and shelter and I pay my taxes to fund police, fire and military services to defend and protect me.  If you stop to think about it seriously, it’s a very discomforting feeling.  I don’t think it’s gonna happen, but I don’t believe it is such a far fetched idea as some people may want to believe.

I don’t wanna become some guy building a bomb shelter in my back yard and figuring out ways to fuel a generator with jars of saved urine, but I would like to make me and my family better prepared to endure me losing my job for long period of time or possibly worse.  I don’t own a gun and therefore have no way to defend my home, so I may break down and get one at some point.  I’ve never had any issues with gun ownership so it’s always been a matter of cost and desire why I don’t have one now.  I would also like to have a better supply of food and other goods here as well.  An ice storm that knocked power out for 4-5 days last year proved to me that if anything much worse were to ever happen we’d be screwd.

Right now I am not terribly worried.  My boss has reassured me more than once, that while things are slowing down, he brought me on to keep me as part of the long term future for the company.  He’s making plans for how to keep business going but I’ve also been part of discussions as to what will happen if it does not.  While I don’t think I’ll lose my job, I know it’s a possibility.  I like where I work a lot better than my old job, but the one thing I really miss is the job security.  Working for my father pretty much guaranteed a job for life (as long as I didn’t fuck up to bad).  I’ve given that up and now I’m in the real working world now, but I like who I see in the mirror better because of it.

I guess what I hope to get out of this is to possibly work towards living better within our means.  I’m not in a lot of debt and we don’t live paycheck to paycheck but we don’t put a lot back into savings.  I’d like to improve that but I’d also like to make sure I’m not completely off guard if something far more drastic occurs.  Sorry to go off on a nutty rant here, and don’t worry I’m not gonna become some whack job and join a militia.  There is not much hetero or gay about this post, but it’s part of my life and well I guess you are here to read about it.

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