Friday, December 17, 2004

The Fat Getting Fatter

It will be interesting to see what the final retailer numbers are for the holidays; a quick Google search didn't indicate anything other than bad news... well, except for those shitsacks whose hands are on Bush's dick. The tax cuts did benefit the upper crust and their attitude seems to be "Fuck the rest of Americans".

Retailers like Wal-Mart, Sears, Target - you know, where us poor folk go and shop - are having a pretty dismal season in light of the "recovery". On the other hand, high-end retailers like Neiman-Marcus and Sacks are raking it in. Welcome to the Bush economy where a few live it up and quite a few suck it up:
The recovery is showing up in stock values, corporate profits and other measures at the upper end of the economic spectrum. But in data more meaningful to most Americans, things don't look so rosy. Employment has trickled up during the past year, but still stands at 400,000 fewer jobs than in 2001. Productivity gains and outsourcing mean some U.S. jobs are gone for good.

Wages have risen, but only modestly. The ranks of those without health insurance grew by 1.4 million to 45 million in 2003.
Some of those tax-cut recipients seem intent on displaying their riches as conspicuously as possible.

In such places as East Hampton, N.Y., and Seal Harbor, Maine, the $10 million weekend place is commonplace. Yacht sizes have swelled, and superluxury cars are selling like, well, Volkswagens. Volkswagen, for its part, is about to introduce a 1,000-horsepower Bugatti that does 250 mph. The price tag: at least $1 million.

To quote another artist, Billie Holiday: "Them that's got shall get. Them that's not shall lose." Great song. But not very good economic policy.

Now if there's equivocation on this, I want to hear it. Don't just anonymously say "You're wrong" like the nutless sack of shit in my last post, really, that just diminishes any impact you rightards thought you were making. That's schoolyard sissy bullshit and does nothing to add to a debate. Show us your brains by backing up your argument with FACTS (and "you're anti-American" is not a fact, dumbass) and for God's sake, try and show a modicum of courage, posting anonymously is well known throughout the internet to be as cowardly as it gets.

So if you have FACTS to present an alternate view of the economy, bring it out, I'd love to read it. Enlighten me.


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