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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:24 AM
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61. A Personal Observation from a 99%er in this Christmas Season of Failure
In this past year, I have seen 3 businesses I patronized, big and/or long established, collapse and shut their doors for ever.

The first was Borders Books, which collapsed under an unbearable amount of debt imposed by a buyout sham/scam artist to pay 1% people off, instead of to compete with Amazon and other competitors, or even pay its employees. A 40 year, local retailer, gone. I have no idea where I will shop for presents, sudoku puzzles, videos, the annual Star Trek calendar....the alternatives are grim and far away, on the other side of town, or cold and unwelcoming Barnes and Noble, which never inspired any interest in me.

The second was Blockbuster. The Kid LOVES movies, as anyone who has been reading here knows. The nearest Blockbuster was 2 miles up the road. Now it's 10 miles, across town, two campuses and a major hospital complex, or 15 miles by highway. I really hate going that far on a regular basis, and they F****ed with their fee schedules, and we used to go several times a week, and there's been nothing good in theaters and then release for nearly a decade, save for the occasional Harry Potter or Harrison Ford or Jackie Chan....and while we have an extensive collection at home, she wants to keep them all in her room, which would mean we'd have to move out. Literally. I have the majority locked up to prevent a video takeover of what little part of my life I still can control...Netflix has had its travails, and Blockbuster is now in the mail-order business, but the Kid simply cannot open the return envelope without destroying it (hand/eye/motor difficulties, plus sheer willfulness). The amount of stress this has imposed on a daily basis is incredible.

The third was a greasy spoon, 30 years in business, killed by BFEE, Pfizer, and the current do-nothing technocrats who can't be bothered to do anything about the economy. We've been in Depression since 9/11, and it isn't going away anytime soon. Oh sure, the franchises are all over the place, but the local restaurants with handmade food are dying away. People cannot afford to eat out, and I don't consider McDonalds "eating". Refueling, at best.

And that's the way it is, Christmas, 2011. Goodnight, and good luck, America. We are going to need it.
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