Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Swans Of Color Throwin’ Down Them Bones

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on March 31, 2015
According to plan.

According to plan.

I feel a little bad for the historians of tomorrow, and I don’t envy their daunting task of making some semblance of sense out of our senselessly senseless times. Oh, who am I kidding; software will be writing all of tomorrow’s history, so it’ll all just work itself out naturally.
Yet in the here-and-now, one’s mind does turn to deciphering the dominos of our demise, so the question has to be asked, how will your world end?

We Don’t Need No Education Repayment Plan

Despite all the warm and fuzzy Good News about the economy, the stark truth is that beyond books so baked you could frost them, even the Good News isn’t. Consumer confidence is “up” for a stretch of time because of low gas prices, but inconsequential because instead of spending those savings on goods and services that keep the S.S. Keynes afloat, those savings disappeared entirely – never even making it to the banks. The national and global economies are one of the most tenuous links in our long rusted chain of utter weakness. Now comes a few more glimmers of news that the trillion-dollar student loan bubble, still getting stuffed as full as possible, seems ready to burst with more deferences, delinquencies and defaults occurring every month – at the moment, something like 40% of student loans are not being repaid, and this is just the tip of the spear. Those are loans originating from the early to mid 2000s before they swapped out the spigots for the fire hoses. What happens when literally trillions of dollars has to be written down or off entirely, much of it from federally backed ledgers?

A Good Reaming From Both Ends

Related to the first point, our new best friends the Millennials can’t and/or won’t get jobs in annoyingly record numbers. This is true for an exceedingly bizarre array of reasons, but chief among them is an inflated sense of entitlement, a dearth of actually marketable skills, and coddling by benefactors both public and private. Living with one’s parents while collecting food stamps to spend on the fetishization of high-quality and poor-tasting food is a growing trend; for decades we’ve heard about the Doomsday Scenario of Baby Boomers retiring en masse and crashing the entitlements system. What happens when their unemployed and unemployable grandchildren crush the same system from the other end?

Bombs On Their Moms

The foreign policy picture looks considerably worse for the United States now than it did even a handful of years ago, and that’s saying something when you consider where the United States was a few years ago. The latest fiasco finds Our Simple Affirmative Action President desperately wooing Iran, trying to convince the damsel with nuclear pretentions to leave her Russian boyfriend and go to the prom with him, but this is simply the latest in a long string of missteps that has alienated allies and emboldened enemies. While it’s not likely a China or a Russia or an ISIS will be marching down Main Street USA, a combined effort by some or all can wreck a certain kind of havoc politically, economically and psychologically on a United States that insists on the continuation of a doctrine focused around the projection of power on every square inch of the Earth. What happens when five or six not-so-super powers decide enough’s enough, and begin popping those bubbles of influence while nominal allies still stinging from US affronts and rebukes simply shrug their shoulders and tend to their own matters?

Officer Down

Despite the recent infatuation with “racial issues” and the grand institutional injustices that accompany a life devoted to low-grade thuggery, racial and socio-economic demographics have been trending in a southerly direction for quite some time. A multi-ethnic population where each partition chafes against the others for a variety of reasons, a police force mostly dedicated to making everyone pay a variety of off-the-books taxes, a politico-media complex using the existing friction for its own ax to grind, along with dwindling wealth, resources and opportunities across the board is a powderkeg awaiting a sufficiently potent spark. What happens the next time the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot brigade starts a fire that the other side no longer wishes to tamp out?
I don’t have any answers to these questions, at least not encouraging ones. On the bright side, they’ll likely answer themselves sooner than we’d like, one way or another.


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  1. El Borak said, on March 31, 2015 at 13:44

    I hear ya, bro. I wasn’t pregnant, either.

  2. Giraffe said, on April 1, 2015 at 08:20

    If all them students default on their debt, do I have to pay my mortgage?

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