ET TU ANADARKO, ET TU?
THE IDES OF MARCH WHITTLE AWAY AT THE LOCAL MIDDLE CLASS
It was like a tornado warning, it came, it took and then it went. Then a few more tornados like the first, they came, they took, they went. Life went on, just with fewer people. The tornados were called Anadarko, Chevron, Exxon and Shell. Ripping apart at the fabric of the community, namely the middle class workers at these companies. The deep pockets of the executive class were spared, after all, how would they pay for their extra homes, luxurious vacations, private schools and <cough> ladies in waiting <cough>?
Granted, I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan, but the Demo-socialist makes an interesting point. The middle class is shrinking. Shrinking at the hands of the executives of these companies figuring out how to trim the fat without touching their own wallet in dire economic times. Economic times, mind you, that were created over 16 years since 9-11. Some features of this bad economy were created through the fear-mongering among the political class. Some by the bad policies generated by the executive branch and the Democratic ruling class. And now, following through the self-interest/selfpreservation moves of those who can afford to cut fat where the fat can’t touch them.
The poor and middle class are sorely caught in the cross-hairs, nowhere to turn, nowhere to go.
And, with that, the local mom and pop shops that are preferred by the middle class struggle to find new customers. Struggle is good, but not when the struggle was never necessary in the first place. How many deep pockets executives could have cut their salaries and saved a few hundred jobs? Saved the local economy. Saved the middle class. I hope and pray that these thoughts cross their minds the next time a wave of employment cuts are needed to be made. Let’s save the middle class.
On A Personal Note:
The last few months you may have been wondering what happened to the Public News. And what happened and where it happened was with me, the publisher, editor, layout guy, ad sales, et al.
I got very sick, so sick I could not spend much time on the paper, without being interupted to take care of things.
I suffer from diabetes, and diabetic complications come and go. Mine decided to stay and is still here with me. I’m just learning to manage it.
I appreciate all the prayers and concerns, expecially when I announced the illness on my personal Facebook page.
Your love, concerns and prayers have sustained me along with a trust that the God of the Universe is not unaware of all this and knows what He is doing with me.
All things working together for the good. It’s good to be back!