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Today’s financial choices

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 3:45 AM

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Such a choice. Do we eat today, or put gas in the car so we can get to work to earn enough to eat tomorrow? Perhaps we can ‘ration’ ourselves. Maybe we should buy half a cauliflower, and instead of filling the gas tank, only fill it halfway. What if EVERYONE did that? How long would it take before all those that grow and sell ‘cauliflowers’ and all those that are involved in the production and sale of ‘gasoline’ would see their numbers reduced drastically? Isn’t that what happened in the Great Depression of the 1930’s? There wasn’t any actual ‘shortages’ of anything anyone needed or wanted in terms of the continued ability to provide them. But there was one big shortage of something else. Money. But why should we be short of mere ‘figures’? Money is supposed to be a REFLECTION of ‘production’ and ‘consumption’ ~ a way of measuring both. Like inches and feet on a tape measure. What good would a tape measure be if there were nothing to measure with it? Could you use it in the same way you use any of the things you measure with it? What good would money be if there were nothing to buy with it? And if there IS something to buy with it, something someone worked to earn the money TO buy with it, something that actually exists and will be ‘wasted’ in one way or another if it isn’t bought, then why isn’t there enough money to buy it? And it’s NOT because too few have too much of it. We’re not dealing with gold coins, or some other commodity here. We’re dealing simply with ‘figures’ that are supposed to be able to REFLECT reality.

Socredible. People need to have jobs that have meaningful production that they get money to produce. No job, no money. No money, no purchasing power.

It goes back to the bartering system. I will give you a chunk of pig in return for a dozen eggs, or I will pack your water in return for firewood etc;

I will not as an example give you a dozen eggs, for leafs from a tree. Especially when I have plenty of leafs of my own.

The problem at this point in time is lack of production and a shortage of cauliflower, so the price goes up. Those who can afford to pay the price will get the cauliflower, and those who cant will eat potatoes or carrots. Gasoline prices are down because of a glut on the market and competition, so one could argue that the savings from the price of gas could be used to offset the cost of some groceries.

The best defense against rising prices is to whenever possible, don’t buy the product. This will usually result in the price coming down, or the product disappears altogether.

In the case of cauliflower we now have a situation where the product is not being bought because of the high price, and as a result it is given to charitable organizations, or thrown in the dump. So a rather strange way to do business.

At the end of the day, who needs cauliflower?? I suggest that it and a whole lot of other things we eat are actually surplus to our actual needs and are not necessary.

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