Economy still sinking?

Got a future? Got a way to survive? To prosper? Really? Seems as though we are being told that “the end is near.” America is doomed. The world is doomed. Are the doomsayers right?

Some nasty signs:

  1. Millions of jobs are going begging. The Labor Department reported that total job openings fell by 10 percent in August, a huge drop by any historical standard. The 1.1 million drop in openings is the largest decline since the lockdowns. Job openings are now at their lowest level in a year. But there are still millions and millions: retail and wholesale, manufacturing and raw material businesses are desperate for people.
  2. Apparently, some businesses are just giving up finding workers. Either because they are now OUT of business, or because they are permanently downsizing.
  3. The pool of labor is stagnant or shrinking. At the same time, labor participation is still stuck. Millions are missing from payrolls. Counterfactual history suggests that we’re missing as many as 8.3 million people from payrolls who otherwise would be working. This despite an incredible number of border jumpers supposedly swelling the workforce.
  4. Apparently millions of people are so demoralized that they have stopped looking for work and are willing to depend on government handouts and aid from family. So government welfare rolls are also swelling. Homeless shelters are full to overflowing. Soup kitchens can’t keep up.
  5. Inflation is climbing fast – and the lies Uncle Joe spread about it slowing down (based on fuel prices) have now been revealed for lies as the fuel prices climb nearly daily. (In the last ten days in South Dakota, we’ve seen gasoline (w ethanol, a local product) go from $3.62 to 4.06 a gallon, and Diesel go from $4.77 to $5.16 a gallon.) But milk, metal, medicine, meat, and more are all climbing 2-3% per month!
  6. Wages – at least for lower level jobs – are climbing: $15/hour is more and more being offered by fast food places, supermarkets, and the like. Due to political pressure, new minimum wage standards, and desperation for workers. And now inflation.
  7. Real estate and other prices are off – some sharply. Housing starts and re-sale prices are down. While construction costs skyrocket. New and reinterpreted regulations are making it harder to find, process, and transport materials: basic stuff, like lumber and roofing and siding. Backorders are months and months long.

There are no doubt more economic news bullets, but let us look at some political and military ones.

  1. US military recruiting is off – way off. Despite standards being reduced, people just are not joining. And worse (from the military point of view) they aren’t staying, either. And those who joined after Bloody Tuesday (9-11) and stayed are now mostly retired or retiring.
  2. The drumbeat of war with Russia in and over Ukraine and the seemingly-doomed energy-starved Europe continues. Louder and faster. Russia is on the run, we are told. Putin must be put down like the rabid animal he is. Just a few billion more – and a few NATO troops – and the war is won! (We may not be in Moscow by Spring, but surely we’ll be in St. Petersburg and Volgograd!)
  3. We are told that we are closer to nuclear annihilation than at any time since 1962: sixty years.
  4. More and more new regulations are going into effect, and old regulations reinterpreted to provide command and control of everything. Not just at the federal level, but at the State level as well. And enforcement is up, after the pandemic slowdown.
  5. China’s society, like its economy, is melting down, we are told. So foreign intervention and adventures may be the only way for the CCP to maintain control.
  6. The November elections in the Fifty States are “the most important in our lifetime” ((c) 2022 version) and only a new Republican Congress can save us. Even while the pundits crow about the successes of such failed efforts in the past as proof “this time it will be different.”
  7. And of the elections don’t come out, we have the “nuclear” option: national divorce. Irreconcilable differences. Red states go right, blue states go left. Purple states tear themselves apart. China and the EU (or Russia) come in and divide us more, just like Japan and Germany were going to do in 1942.


The conclusion seems to be a simple one. America is washed up. There is no future except in one of the extremes: far left or far right. (Take your pick on which the Libertarian Party fits in, folks.)

(Oh, and don’t get your hopes up. If we manage to eke out a few more years without total collapse, we are told: (a) Global warming will destroy us. (b) A rogue asteroid will wipe us out. OR (c) the Lord will come back and “GAME OVER” will appear.)


Methinks we’ve heard all this before. “The end is coming.” At least here in the States, we’ve heard it every decade or two. But we are still around.

Americans tend to wait to the last minute to accept and implement a survival option. A way to make up for years of stupidity and wrong choices and procrastination. This not only could happen how – it is likely to. Oh, there will be those who want to push their agendas, continue to advocate and implement unrealistic, unsustainable, and ultimately unsuccessful policies and actions. But most people will finally (reluctantly and as the timer clicks down to zero) decide that survival is more important than all those other things.

And a key piece of survival for Americans – and the rest of the world, for that matter? Liberty. The ability, the opportunity, to make our own choices. However constrained they may be by reality and resources.

Is this some sort of fantastic “deux ex machina” idea? Readers, you tell us!

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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6 Responses to Economy still sinking?

  1. pigpen51 says:

    They still have mask rules in place at medical offices here in Michigan. But some of the smarter ones are saying screw them, and allowing people to make their own minds up. One of the places is an orthopedic medicenter.


  2. Darkwing says:

    The “Beer” virus lie is what started it all, the people found out that they were lied to, they took the JAB or were forced to. MILLIONS died from the JAB, MILLIONS were disabled for the JAB and MILLIONS will die within the next 5 years. People have just about given up and can you blame them??


    • TPOL Nathan says:

      I doubt if we will ever know the true numbers of dead and disabled – past or future. Premature deaths are always a result of crackpot “political” medicine and science, and government propaganda and actions.

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      • pigpen51 says:

        I waited a long time, then since my wife’s health is fragile, and she really wanted to get the vaccine, but was afraid, she convinced me to get it with her, sort of to ” hold her hand” while she got it.
        Fortunately neither one of us have seemed to have seen any side effects after over a year. That is not comforting to me, but I have convinced her that I won’t get another vaccine of the lying bastards of the countries so called health system. And what is even better, I have convinced her of the same thing.
        She went through breast cancer a bit over 5 years ago, and I was able to help her every step of the way, even pushing her in a wheelchair when she was too weak to walk. I actually tipped over the chair after she got out, and I hit the pavement face first, breaking my nose, and I am not that pretty anyway!
        We just hit 30 years in September, and I am crazy about her still, but I won’t let that sway me from what I know to be the truth again. The shots that they are pushing are definitely not a vaccine, in any sense of the word.
        As for the economy, here in Michigan, the governor’s race is between Whitmer and Dixon, two women, and they just had a debate. The first question, from a supposedly unbiased news journalist, was about abortion, when that is far down the list of importance to voters. Bias comes in many forms. The economy in Michigan is one of the worst in the nation.


      • TPOL Nathan says:

        You are not alone in worrying and appear to be fortunate that you two have not been impacted severely by the so-called vaccine. We know an elderly couple who are still living in fear and mostly isolated in fear of the beer flu, got all the shots and all the boosters and constantly wear masks and do all the things we were supposed to do in Spring 2020 – and still have gotten the virus at least TWICE. And are having significant new health problems that are similar to those reported.
        I understand that nationally, abortion is rather low on the concerns of voters, but that the economy: jobs, inflation, and supply chain problems are at the very top of the list.

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