For the past couple of years, I have been reading the list of bankruptcies in the Monday paper. There aren't as many as there were a year ago, but still plenty. A page of them, and always, always, several from my town are listed. After tsk-tsk-tsking a few times, I turn to the comics.
I haven't been turning to the want-ads because I am not looking for a job and I can't buy anything, so I was appalled today when I accidentally noticed that foreclosures were listed. And, I was doubly appalled when I counted ELEVEN PAGES of them.
I'm sure that most states have their share of foreclosures in this economy, but, I would have expected the list to be much, much shorter by this time. It left me wondering how many more pages there were six months ago.
Where are all those people going to live? Their credit ratings must have bottomed out, just as those who have filed bankruptcy have. Are we going to be a nation of tent cities before things get better? No jobs, no unemployment, no homes, no health insurance, no hope.
And, what is Congress doing? And, how about the Senate? Why, squabbling among themselves, thinking up better and meaner ways of obstructing each other, of course. Could it be that they simply don't know what to do, and therefore, they are doing nothing? Or, do they know what needs to be done, but it will take losing some of that lovely special interest money they have become so accustomed to socking away?
What will they do when nobody goes to the polls to vote anymore, because there's no use voting? Or, worse, what will they do when the only people going to the polls are radical-right or radical-left? Won't that be a hoot? Anarchy? A military coup? Is that what it will take?
We are looking more and more like Mexico, and I don't mean that in a good way. Before you know it, all those illegals will be knocking down that wall to get back into their country.
I dread the kind of future my children will have to deal with.