Friday, June 3, 2011

Americans view of the Future

I never watch mainstream news on TV and don't normally read mainstream media articles, but this headline caught my eye: More Americans Think Economy Will Never Recover

A basic summary is that most Americans think it's going to be a long time before the economy and consumer spending is back to where it was pre-recession.  Some going so far as saying their spending will never be like it was before.

It seems people have a pretty poor outlook for the future, I find that sad.  My wife and I are among those who say we will never spend the same as we did in the past.  That doesn't mean we have a less comfortable life, in fact, in the last 3 years we have started eating healthier, better and less processed foods than ever before.  We have fundamentally transformed (thanks BIG O) our spending.  We have taken steps to produce our own food and be sustainable, and we'll continue working to be as self reliant as possible in that area.  All in all life is looking pretty good.  So the way I look at it, maybe this isn't a bad thing, maybe people will get back to the barter and/or trade among each other instead of going to the big stores.

There's a lot to be said for the barter system when items, time and possibly currency is being traded.  I believe it's more sustainable than a straight currency trade system.  Granted not everyone has the ability to trade time or knowledge, however those who don't have time or knowledge have the goods or extra items to trade.  I think we need to get back to that kind of system, but I also think we have to remind people that they can trade other things besides money.

God Bless!!! Remember He controls history.


  1. Well, Andy, leavin' off the politics (not so easy fer me) I'd have ta say the barter system was the very FIRST form of Capitalism. Where I live it is still very viable as (statistically) 52% of the population live on less than $1 US Dollar/day. In some places less. Survival at it's best! The River People trade fish, turtles, turtle eggs for rice, beef, and other things they can't grow, catch or kill. The Mountain People do the same with beef, milk and wool.

  2. Arnie, I agree completely with your above comment. The barter system works if people get out of the credit card and cash mind set.

    As far as leaving politics out of discussion I have a hard time doing that myself....

    Thanks Arnie!!