Our friends, Mark and Elaine, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary today. We attended their luncheon in Honeoye Falls. It was a lovely afternoon, and the smiles and Mark’s and Elaine’s faces were worth being there.
I came home and continued to work on my print competition images. I reinstalled painter on my laptop and finally got it working. That really added frustration to an already stressful process.
This heat wave and dry spell are really taking toll on the lawns. Few people have sprinkler systems in this area, so many of the lawns are starting to look brown.
I was reading an article regarding the Supreme Court Ruling on “Obamacare”. This was an analytical report on its impact on the economy. The story said 70% of small businesses report they will not be hiring new employees over the next 4 years because they cannot afford to meet the mandatory health insurance requirements. It also said it is placing a lot of stress on people in general. I can relate to that. Time will tell what will happen. I think we’re in for deeper recession, not just because of Obamacare, but because taxes are not being reduced coupled with out-of-controll inflation.
Let’s take a few examples about inflation…
I moved here on June 22nd, 2009. I’ve been here 3 years. On the day I moved here I noticed a candy bar at Walmart was 50 cents. Today, that same candy bar is 80. A loaf of the bread I like was costing about $1 a loaf. Now, the same bread is about $4 a loaf. Tomatoes were 99c a pound. Now, on sale, they run $1.99 a pound. When you consider that type of inflation on food, you have to ask, “Have my wages increased by the same percentages?”
I’m sure your answer is a resounding, “HECK NO!”
Also, you may have noticed some food items may appear to have stayed the same. Well, take a closer look. Sugar, for example, used to come in 5 and 10 pound bags. It now comes in 4 pound bags. Ice cream used to come in 2 qt containers. It is now 1.5 qt containers. I’ve also noticed Pepsi Co. is starting to sell 1.5 ltr bottles. I’m sure those will soon replace the 2 ltr bottles so they can keep the price the same.
Other things that are happening on the economic front…
Have you tried to purchase a hard drive for your computer lately?
Rumor has it there is a shortage in getting hard drives from Asia. About a year ago I paid $80 for a 2GB hard drive. I recently went to buy one, and they were out of stock at $140 for the same drive. You can get some great deals on Flash memory drives, but mechanical hard drives are said to be in low supply.
I don’t have time to go on listing examples, but are still in economic trouble, and I question how long we can continue down the same path before we send the message to our law makers that we need to lower taxes and encourage healthy economic growth.