Thursday, April 9, 2009
maybe we won't notice
I read a story in today's NY Times describing the new government plan to rescue the economy will be to sell 'Bankruptcy Bonds'. Yes, those same people who brought disaster to the masses are out to profit from even more misery.
Yesterday I got to the dentist's office earlier than expected so ended up paging through magazines while listening to the reception staff try to help people make payment arrangements for upcoming appointments:
'You can have the full cleaning done and pay it off in 3 equal monthly installments without interest being charged. Will that work for you?'
'Okay. Should we have the doctor come in that day to examine you?'
'Okay, you'll see him another time then. We'll send you the billing plan for your cleaning and you can tell us when you want to come in. Have a great day.'
Has anyone else noticed prices for so many of what used to be normal things have gone up? A loaf of good bread at Whole Foods costs nearly $5. Manufacturers are either making or planning to make smaller sized versions of products we all buy like rolls of paper towels, bottles of ketchup and cans of soup. What used to be 32oz is now 28oz for the same cost or more. If they can come up with a way to make a 5lb bag of potatoes less than 5lb they'll do that too while hoping you won't notice.
Hard times for rich people means putting off buying the extra Picasso for the new summer home in the Hamptons. We all know what it means for the rest of us.
This picture by Michael Sowa says it all.