Not having jobs and living off the govt is another sore spot for me.. not because they DO it... but because they dont have jobs to begin with.. Small town America died because of two reasons.. they both intertwine, and in many ways relate to suburbs etc...
Farmers used to farm 40 to 80 acres, they raised and supported their families on that land.. NOW, farmers own thousands of acres.. those acres came from a LOT of small farms being bought up.. so the population is nowhere near what it used to be... That being the case.. we would STILL have a theater, a lumber yard, a hardware store, a shoe store, a dry good store, a grocery store, a gran store, a car dealership ( We used to have three) An implement dealer (We used to have 5) Gas stations (We used to have seven) and SO MUCH more buisiness... "IF" those businesses could buy their product NEAR what the superstores could buy the same thing for... as far as I am concerned, with todays ease of shipping, the home town stores shouldbe able to do so.. If they could, there would be hundreds of thousands of businesses that still thrived.. They fail, because they cannot buy, and sell for the price of the superstore. those superstores BRAG, that they create jobs, but the fact is, that they destroy jobs..
I am not one to poopoo the american dream. Those superstores represent the american dream. They built up from nothing to dominate, and have become successful!!! I love that part of it, but at the same time, i hate that they drive the mom and pop stores into the ground..
I used to own a hardware store... I sold a lot of bolts to farmers, among other things, but as time passed, they became harder and harder to get... So one day I decided to call the source, the supplier of bolts.. (I am going to name this company...) The company was Rockford.. I spoke to the sales rep, and told him I wanted to set up and account and begin ordering bolts from them. The man i was speaking to asked me how much business i did in bolts. I said 300 to 400 a month just in bolts...
He hung up on me.. no explination, nothing... I called back and asked to speak to the manager, and told him what happened. He did not apologize.
"Yeah, that kind of volume is a waste of our time. When you can do 3 to 4 thousand a month we can talk, until then were not interested in dealing with you."
He hung up as well.. and so it was, that I could drive to a superstore, and buy bolts CHEAPER than I could order them.. Even though I was a licensed business..
If you want to create jobs in this country, and rekindle the American dream. Mandate that any Licensed business can purchase for the same price no matter the size, and you will see a MASSIVE resurgence in small business and jobs all across the country. No matter if they are in super cities, or small towns.. There would no longer be the need to drive 40 miles to get to a super store, you could buy within a mile or two of where you live at the same price. In effect, with todays gas prices, it would be CHEAPER to buy closer to home... I believe that the lack of jobs and unemployment has a direct relation to the trouble we are in today.
Make this one concession, and the problems would slowly begin to diminish.. but, of course we know it wont happen, there is too much money in those super stores. The rest of us dont have the power to override their billions, and so the problem will just keep getting worse.
Today, in our small town. We have one gas station that also sells bread and other conveniences. We have a tavern, and a restaurant. A barber, and a grain elevator owned by a super corp. EVERY other business is closed.
i can remember the town square being a hustling place. EVERY available spot was filled with a business of some sort, EVERY business employed people to work for them. Now... most of the people who live here drive in excess of 30 miles one way to get to their place of employment... A waste of fuel that is not necessary, if the prices small businesses payed for product was closer to what the super stores paid.
There is, and always will be the convenience factor of the super stores. EVERYTHING you want in one place. ONE stop shopping.. But, when you have to put 30 miles on your car to get to it at 5 dollars a gallon for gas... AND you have to go to those stores AFTER work or on the weekend when you have time off... yeah, i think you can see where I am pointing..
Internet allows ordering from anywhere, and most things can be delivered overnight if necessary. I have some hope, that this will slowly begin to build momentum. it does not matter if you live in LA or middle of nowhere population 75.. you can SHIP from that location, and receive shipping at that location.. so the trend to get out of the big cities with high taxes and MASSIVELY overinflated property costs, into a rural environment where you can still buy land for 500 dollars an acre, with low taxes and VERY few restrictions may well bring a resurgence to suburbs and small towns.
In Maine.. i built a house, a new house, and went through HELL dealing with the building codes, regulations and inspections.. I was SO frustrated ALL the time... We moved back here to Iowa, because I had enough of the big city type lifestyle.. two hours to go three miles to work because of traffic. People who had no morals or ethics, and didnt CARE if you needed to change lanes, it wasnt THEIR problem.. and god forbid if you broke down.. Lock the doors and roll up the windows and pray help got there before someone robbed you on the side of the highway...
Here in Iowa... I ent to see the code enforcement officer, and told him i wanted to build a house.. "WHAT, do i need for permits etc?"
"You need to have your septic inspected before you cover it up.. other than that.. its YOUR house, build it how you want."
I was so flabbergasted I didnt know what to say...
I did build my house, My way, which exceeds most codes and specifications I dealt with in Maine. I bought a large piece of land, I built ponds with no permits. I Planted trees, I have animals, pets, Bees, and I do not need to get permission at a city counsel meeting to do it. If I break down on the side of the road, I KNOW, the next farmer to happen along will pull over, and give me a lift into town..
I think it was Jeff Foxwothy who stated this;
if you buy a big screen TV, and suddenly realize it wont fit in your car... The guy with the truck beside you offers to deliver it to your house.. and a half hour later he pulls up and delivers it, and refuses to take any money.. You might live in Iowa..
its the truth, and I have done similar things myself. Everyone waves, everyone will help you if you need it. i have been back here now for over 12 years, and it has been 12 years since ANYONE yelled at me from another car, or gave me the finger when I turned my turn signal on.. It is here, in small town USA, that people will survive, if this country has a catastrophe, because we will help each other. We will stand side by side and protect each other. With a single phone call, I can have a hundred people at my house, WITH guns if I need them, and they know I will show at their place if they need me.
Survival here, isnt so much about preparing to survive alone, its about preparing to survive with your community.
I dont like watching that die. As I said, population density has some to do with it, but lack of jobs has a greater impact. Even so, i think, if the poo hits the fan, you will find that out here in nowheresville, we will be the ones who reach out and try to help with food crops. Alcohol for fuel etc when there is none coming in from overseas anymore. At least, until those folks starving in the big cities realize where its coming from and try to TAKE it from us.. then your going to see what angry off farmers can accomplish.
I believe we need to resurrect the backbone of this country, with JOBS, not government hand outs, so when the Govt does fail, and were needed again, we CAN!