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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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June 9, 2009
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THE TROUBLE IS ALL AROUND US"

I became hooked on the late actor David Janssen. Several Hollywood writers said he was one of the most underestimated actors ever. He could have been another Clark Gable, one writer said, it he had been given more romantic roles. And as all too many talented people, the original "Fugitive" had a self destruct button and he never lived to see age 50.

Still, the writing, the directing and the stable of actors in the series are said to be among the best ever in TV. A few years back when a UHF Detroit TV station ran an around the clock "Fugitive" marathon, with many of the series in black and white, it beat its rivals in the ratings that day.

He was more of less typecast in his staring role in the original "Fugitive TV series" in the 1960s, though he later had roles in the movie, "The Green Berets" with John Wayne and he was a detective in a TV series in the late 1970s.

Actor Barry Morse, who played Lt. Phillip Gerard who contstantly pursued The Fugitive, stated Janssen "was the hardest working actor ever in TV."

Some of the one and two liners in the series was worth the viewing. I remember many of them.

In one episode, young Actor Bruce Durn played a motorcycle gang leader. When asked by a sheriff's deputy about coming trouble, the reply was, "The trouble's all around you man....the trouble's all around you!!

And that reply fits in exactly to the U.S. and world economy today!

AND SO IS THE TROUBLE ALL AROUND US

A long-time college professor stopped to chat the other day. He was astonished at the inflation rate, yet, he said, most everyone says there is no inflation.

He told me earlier in the week he and his wife stopped in a local diner and had half an hour to kill before heading to someplace else.

"She had a soft drink and I had coffee. When we got the bill, it was a few pennies under a $5 bill," he said. "I remember the old radio jingle about one cola being twice as much for a nickle." He said. Now, soft drinks in some restaurants are $2 and $3 plus tax and tip."

As we talked, he noted that every time he goes to the supermarket, some package has been made smaller, yet the price is the same or a bit more.

And, he noted, he has some old friends who are having to go back into the work force to make ends meet. Insurance is up, fuel is up, food is up, cable TV is up....yet, the government claims the inflation rate is about "zero"---witness no raise in Social Security checks this year.

Another thing the professor pointed out is that we have outsourced millions of former U.S. jobs in order to disguise the real inflation rate. If those same jobs had stay here, prices would be even higher, he noted.

Which brings me to another one liner from one of the Fugitive TV shows. When The Fugitive was asked how much money he wanted from a man, his wife said,  "You're playing this too cool to suit me...that's the biggest con of all, Honest Sam."

Was she talking about so-called Uncle Sam?

We are being told in such wonderful language how great our economy is doing, and the Wall-Street owned business networks keep slipping in the world "recovery."

Recovery from what?

The worst of all words will be which I believe there is an odds-even change of happening within the next few years: a world fiat currency debacle. The worst possible situation for most people would be a collapse of the world's unbacked paper currencies. It could happen.

And no one is going to ring a bell or e-mail out invitations. There is nothing behind the dollar or other major curriencies but blind faith. There is no limit to the amount of currency that may be produced but the number of computers and the number of trees.

I read the other day an account of the German hyperinflation of the 1920s. Many of us know the often repeated accounts of a wheel barrow full of "money" hardly being enough to buy a loaf of bread. One man supposedly went inside the bakery to dicker with the baker about the rising cost of bread. When he went back outside, someone dumped out the paper money and stole the wheel barrow.

But the thing that stuck in my mind the most were the worlds that hyperinflation "struck like lightning, like a blitzkreig."

Could it happen here, or even world-wide in days or even hours? With immediate communications and instant trading anymore, it could happen in minutes. And I can't think of any one-liners in "The Fugitive" series that would explain something like that.