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The New Normal: A Lot Like Now Only Worse

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We Can Fight this Battle in the Marketplace Everyday

That sucking sound you hear is your money, your hard work being vacuumed up to those who are in power, the uber-wealthy, Big Greed.

They have convinced you that their corporate way is the better, cheaper, faster, and the only way to live. You have been lulled into semi-consciousness and made unaware of how they can and do suck every last penny out of you and your life.

Here's the short list: Equity investments (stocks, mutual funds, et cetera through fees, programmed trading, market manipulation, out right fraud); banking and credit cards (interest, fees, charges, expensive and worthless rewards, et cetera), imported goods (decimation of the American economy made possible by subsidize oil), corporate influence (tax structures, barriers to business entry/less competition, job exporting, job importing H1B visas, government subsidies, et cetera), category killer big box stores (predatory pricing eliminating smaller competition, impulse buying, unnecessary volume packaging, cost of driving vs. local purchase, et cetera).

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Basically, all the supposed "convenience" and illusory "low prices" the Big Greed corporations dangle are just a ruse. You pay for it all, sooner or later, and the price will eventually be bigger and bigger loses in opportunity and wages.

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Considering all this, the high-priced alternatives, the mom and pops, are cheap, fair and a real value.

The farmers' market prices, probably higher than warehouse clubs, are a steal. Using cash isn't so difficult when you think of the billions of dollars credit and debit cards generate for the banks that are hanging you out to dry. The local hardware store is not gauging you, it's convenient and life saving. Saving accounts paying next to nothing are better than a 9% return that turns into a 25% loss due to an unforeseen "market turn." Shunning a corporation's products and services because they are "dabbling" in election politics is easy.

Start voting with your feet and your money. Things won't be getting any better unless you do. We can do this.

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)

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We ending the 2001 recession with a "jobless recov... by Chaz Valenza on Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 at 5:39:44 PM
I especially appreciate your analysis of mainstrea... by Jack Flanders on Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 at 5:52:32 PM
Because the piece was running long I cut some addi... by Chaz Valenza on Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 at 6:12:58 PM
America's love of money has now reaped its just re... by Archie on Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 at 3:09:34 PM
This scenario has been done to death ergo the curt... by Donald on Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 at 3:53:11 PM
May-be they forgot to read history...orThey made i... by Debbie S on Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 at 10:47:28 PM
Perhaps we are in the earlies stages of moving to ... by Temy Beal on Monday, Aug 23, 2010 at 2:57:45 AM