Our Economy, modern capitalism and democracy, is all about “The Good Buy”. Every day, you will have a conversation like,
“How much did you pay for that, where’d you get it?”
“Salvation Army, three bucks.”
“Wow, that’s a smokin’ deal!”
But you’re probably not in the conversation where you would say,
“How much did you pay for that, where’d you get it?”
“Vintage store in Paris, thirty thousand bucks”
“Wow, that’s really a steal!”
You see, because we’re here and it’s all a matter of economic scale. But that’s it: The Economy of The Good Buy. If you are a merchant, then you’re constantly trying to offer a good buy. If you’re in the market, you are constantly seeking a good buy.
“Alright, we’re partnering on a discount consumer electronics store, what should we call it?”
“Good Dealz and spell it with a Z.”
“No, that’s too ghetto, we’re going to be next door to a Macy’s some day.”
“Oh, I see… how about Good Buy Electronics?”
“Good direction but that’s strangely negative; sounds like we’re throwing the electronics out the window. No, it’s not a clearance house, its top class; we’ll sell CD’s…”
“Hmmm… How about Best Buy Electronics?”
In High School, I purchased stock options with Best Buy. I made a killing. It was pretend, but still. I knew what was going on. Now though, Best Buy shares are not a good buy on Wall Street. Things change, people don’t go in to shops like that anymore, unless they have Door Buster Black Friday specials. Ironically, the sale price on those items is in the red.
Sometimes our whole economy dips while some companies soar above it with a wealth beyond comprehension. If you invested in Apple in 2006–when the Bush Economy really started shaking at the foundation–a mere one hundred shares—a good buy at merely $66–you would octuple your investment today, profiting $45,000. If you bought one hundred Apple shares in 1982, you would be a millionaire now.
Despite the roaring success of Apple through hard times, it seems like the very fabric of our system is disintegrating. It’s more like the Goodbye Economy.
“Goodbye economy… see you later Clinton… oh you’re taking your economy with you? Listen, let me borrow that for a day before you go. No? All right just share with my buddy Barry O. He needs it.”
Jobs: that’s it. That’s what everyone’s complaining about. Jobs! Everyone wants a job! But there are no jobs. Mitt Romney, “I know how to create jobs!” Yeah, mostly in personal security, personal chef, personal trainer, personal hair dye… I bet he has limitless personal pizzas too. Mitt Romney earns more than $14,000 per day from his investments. Do you have any idea how to spend that? Of course, if you had that money and influence, you’d need security. You don’t get there without knocking someone off now and then. Murder? Maybe. Lawsuits? Definitely. I’m sure it’s just a part of life at that point. But there is one place your $14,000 per day can go fast: lawyers.
Back to Jobs: Steve died with eight billion dollars. That is 320 times the annual output of Romney. That means Jobs’ final year, he could spend Romney’s $14,000 daily allowance not once but 320 times in one day. Steve Jobs could have hired 320 full time dishwashers or 80 full time American factory workers with benefits, building iPhones year-round. And that’s just out of his personal pocket: a one-day allowance. He achieved Billionaire status with Apple Stocks. He paid himself as CEO a mere $1 annual salary. I really like that: only reaping what he sows.
Okay, but now, this is why Barry O won the election again; he had Warren Buffet and Bill Gates in his corner, making Donald Trump look like an asshole. Well, Trump makes himself look like an asshole. Bill and Buffet are #1 and #2 on the Forbes Billionaire list, with a combined worth of more than one hundred billion dollars. If I told you how many jobs that is, you would die. Steve Jobs was only #110. Donald Trump is sad in the middle of the line at #401.
Jobs: people want them. I don’t understand that.
“Why do you want a job?”
“To be employed.”
“I get it, but why do you seek employment?”
“To be a good citizen and because I want money.”
“Oh right, a good citizen. Like, take care of your family, provide food, shelter, medicine, Internet access, telephone, and hell why not throw in a TV?”
“Have you ever just asked for those things?”
“Nobodies just going to give you those things, you have to work for it!”
“So you have to be alarmed awake every morning at 7am whether it’s raining, freezing, sunny or windy, to make some desk scene? Filling some niche in an office so deeply hierarchical that you don’t even know what your work affects?”
“That sounds like some Occupy bullshit to me.”
“Look, I’m not one of them and I’m not lazy; I know we have to do stuff to keep food and drugs growing, shelter developed, a sense of culture and place: all that. But I wonder. If there were no money, would the outcome of your work–seeing your family and neighbors eating and safe–be enough to you?”
It’s some bizarre smoke and mirrors that prevents employment, when you think about it. If one billionaire has enough so-called extra money for a hundred people to live on, then of course there aren’t resources for ninety-nine other people.
There are more than one thousand billionaires. And that’s how it goes. For every one person in the 1%, ninety-nine other people are suffering from a lack of base needs. Damn clever isn’t it! How can there be people with endless cash money in their pocket, but there’s no life for the poor asshole whose parents were neglectful, abusive and didn’t educate on how to support oneself?
Here is the answer. All of that money is bullshit. There is no a pile of gold worth fifty billion dollars in Warren Buffet’s storage unit. The smoke and mirrors are right in front of us: the credit system that is now the foundation of our economy. It’s just speculation out there, loans, debt; those billions are not actually out there. It’s classic “keeping up appearances” on a massive scale. Simple as that; the bubble has burst.
Here is some beautiful irony. The word Economy compared to its antithesis: Ecology. One system derives from Ancient Greek, taken literally it means “Laws of Nature”. The other system also from Ancient Greek, taken literally it means, “Study of Nature”. Before I tell you, can you guess which is which? Economy, broken down to the literal, it means the Laws of Nature; Ecology, in common usage, means the Study of Nature. Let that sit with you for a moment.
Economy is not a study but it’s taken as fact, some policies are written in to Law, but it’s actually just an evolving experiment with a host of assumptions, like “trickle-down”, “scarcity”, and “mortgage backed bonds”. People rake in millions every day on “speculation” and that’s exactly what gambling is.
Ecology however is pure science, very few assumptions are made, but it actually relates to real physical laws that you can observe every day, but almost none of these laws are employed by our Economic policies.
Simply put, that shit is retarded.
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