Hopefully the wheels don’t fall off.
Like many Americans over the last six months as you know, I got laid off back in late April.
As the government flailed around trying to figure out what to do once it was clear that millions of people like me were staring at an uncertain future they scrambled and decided to hand out $1200 checks to everyone and add an extra $600 a week to the Unemployment benefits as Stop Gap measures until the true depth of this Man Made crisis could be plumbed.
Well obviously, they haven’t found the bottom quite yet.
In the mean time those extra dollars have dried up.
Hundred of thousands of people either haven’t been able to or have mistakenly thought that paying rent was kind of optional because of an emergency eviction moratorium that is also set to expire was enacted.
All of this added together is an enormous Black Hole of economic disaster that is only comparable to The Great Depression of the 1930’s and most of the fall out hasn’t even started happening yet.
It’s coming just as sure as the Sun rises in the East though.
Congress is as usual, bickering back and forth and playing Gotcha Games trying to score ridiculous political points now that all of these emergency measures have expired while Americans who have had their feet knocked out from under them by the politically originated mandatory lock downs and business cut backs are now looking at really hard times as Fall and Winter approach and no solutions seem to be forthcoming as of this posting.
In other words, Business As Usual up in the hallowed halls of Congress.
I can’t really speak for anyone here and really wouldn’t want to in the first place but while all of this “Free Money” was flying around, me and The Wifely Unit did something that I am suspecting is pretty rare.
We socked as much of it away as we could and got ourselves out of debt with it.
Since everything was locked down anyway and there was no place to go or anything to do, there were times when the wife would sock away an entire weeks unemployment check at a time.
It added up after a while.
So last week she tells me that she has enough put away to pay off her credit card bill, which was substantial.
I had no idea just how substantial until she told me because she takes care of the money around here. To tell the truth I was a bit shocked at the amount.
I am apparently allergic to money and break out in hives if I have more than twenty dollars on me at any one time so I get rid of it as fast as I get it.
This is where she shines. She could make Copper wire out of a penny if it came right down to it.
She said she wanted to pay that off and it would get rid of a never ending $100+ a month payment.
I said hell yes pay it off, so she did.
Now that the extra Unemployment money has been shut off, things are going to get real tight around here. We still have a small buffer but basically any purely discretionary spending is going to stop completely.
It remains to be seen if the monthly obligations are going to be able to be sustained at their current levels too. We will cross that bridge soon enough.
Right this minute though, we don’t owe anyone a fucking dime, other than the usual monthly expenses.
I was going to use some of that money to get a newer than thirty five year old little gas sipper pick up but when the chance to get out of debt instead appeared I jumped all over that.
I’m thinking cheap little beater trucks are going to start becoming plentiful again in the near future anyway.
This post has been something I have been debating with myself about publishing for a couple of days now. I have really been torn about posting this because that no good sonofabitch Murphy just loves to shit on me whenever I start thinking things might not be so bad after all but…
I decided to go ahead with it out of curiosity to see if anyone else was able to get evened up a bit during this economic shit storm thanks to Uncle Sam’s generosity with our Great, Great Grandkid’s economic fortunes.
All of that is out of my hands, there isn’t a damn thing I could say or do to change it so I figured I might as well do what I could, while I could.
Now I am going to be saying some prayers that Murphy finds something to do besides shit all over me again.
Because I really truly do believe that we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, that the economic disaster that is coming is going to be Biblical in scale before this is all said and done.