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A New Record Low; And It's Not the Economy:

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Mike Folkerth
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Good Morning Middle America, your King of Simple News is on the air.


I did my man on the street interviews yesterday to see what the good citizens were thinking. I hit up several businesses and talked to the owners and some of the patrons regarding the direction that they see the country going.


The answer was short and sweet; “downhill.” Businesses are off their norm from 9% to 50%, depending on the nature of the business. And, here is Western Colorado we have energy production in coal, oil and gas which tends to make the economy appear better than it really is. We will harvest energy in the U.S. until there is simply no more to harvest.


Humans are a mess. I remember my dad having a pet description of a person who he felt wasn’t too bright. He would say, “When they were passing out brains, he thought they said trains and he wasn’t going anywhere.” I suppose I just didn’t realize in the blissful ignorance of my youth that dad was talking about most humans.


Like the mining and drilling in Western Colorado, we as humans will strip the planet of every possible natural resource as soon as we possibly can. What other course do we have when we elect the politicians that promise the most growth? We will utilize every square inch of soil for food production, drain the last flowing river, and when it can no longer be sustained, we will in all good conscious…wonder what the heck happened.


I don’t think we can count on congress pulling us out of this, at least not this congress. Ya see, our illustrious congress, the same self described “hardest working congress ever” that promised it would end the war and straighten up the entire country if we would be kind enough to elect them rather than reelect the bumbling Republican’s that they replaced; just set a new record. For the first time in history, the acceptance rating of congress has dropped to single digits.


Imagine how low they may have gone should they have had a Democratic president that went along with all of their whacky ideas? I’m thinking about as low as the Republicans that they replaced. What a sterling example this is of the insanity of party division and the process that we call elections.


Congress at this point and time is helpless to make any substantial changes until such time that they trot out the truth and that ain’t gonna happen for two reasons. One, as soon as any one of them even whispered at the truth, we would throw them out of office for telling us things that we don’t want to know, and two, they aren’t giving up their jobs even if it kills us all, so refer back to one.


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Mike Folkerth is the author of "The Biggest Lie Ever Believed" and is not your run-of-the-mill author of finance and economics. The former real estate broker, developer, private real estate fund manager, auctioneer, Alaskan bush pilot, (more...)
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