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Do You Have Economic Concerns?

One of the strange things about blogging is that I post things for others to read, and they learn a lot about my life. Yet I don't actually know many (most?) of my readers personally at all. Consequently, I do not know the various situations in which my readers find themselves. I know that there must be some who are unemployed, underemployed, or in some other way struggling financially. We know many people very well who have faced and are facing great financial distress because of the economy at large. So as I post today's humor about economic issues, I am in no way trying to imply that the tough times you might be facing are a laughing matter. Keeping a sense of humor in the face of such things is often a healthy way of coping.

I'll start off with an exchange of letters between an employee and his boss.

One day an employee sent a letter to his boss, subtly asking for an increase in his salary:

Dear Bo$$,

In thi$ life, we all need $omething mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport, including $weat and $ervice, to your company. I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.

Your$ $incerely,

Norman $mith

The next day, the employee received the following reply:

Dear NOrman,
I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOwadays NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing well as yet — NOwhere near what we were doing in the past. NOw the newspaper are saying the world's leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. After the NOvember presidential elections, things may become worse. I have NOthing more to add NOw. And you kNOw what I mean!

Yours truly,

The Manager


Reminds me a little of a brief exchange between a college student and his father:

No mon, no fun, your son.

His father replied:

So sad, too bad, your dad.


This morning I saw an article online at The Economist about the world's debt. Here's a screenshot of the interactive map:

You have to wonder from whom are the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Western Europe, China, India, Japan, and Australia borrowing?!

Back in July 2009 in a post called Indicators that the Economy Really Is Bad, I gave a list of ways you can know that the economy is bad. Here are some that are not part of that other list:

You know the economy is really bad when...

You go to buy a toaster oven and they give you a bank.

Exxon-Mobil has laid off 25 Congressmen.

The people who are most likely to become millionaires are the billionaires.

Angelina Jolie adopts a child from America.

A picture is now worth only 200 words.

The TV game show has been renamed "Wheel of... a Couple of Bucks."

They've renamed Wall Street "Wal-Mart Street."

At the beach, banks are foreclosing on sand castles.

The dollar store is now called the dime store again.

You visit the meat department in the grocery store only to reminisce over what steaks and beef roasts used to taste like because you can no longer afford to actually buy them.

The signboard on the local gas station has been changed. The sign now reads: Regular — Arm, Mid-grade — Leg, and Premium — Kidney.

Illegals are going back home.

You see a guy standing at freeway off ramp holding a sign "Will work for food." But there's another guy in front of him holding sign that says, "Will hold your sign for food."

People are getting married just for the rice.

At Christmas, all we can exchange is glances.

The bank asked for their calendar back.

The unemployment rate and the president's approval rating are approaching each other.

You go to KFC and lick other people's fingers.

People are so broke they can't even pay attention!


I hope people are paying attention and vote wisely on November 6. Our economy could get much worse in the next four years!


"German Parliament is debating whether it is cheaper to financially rescue Europe or to invade it." — unknown

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To save the economy, on October 1, 2012, Congress will order the immigration department to start deporting retired people instead of illegals in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Retirees are easier to catch and will not remember how to get back home!

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4 Comments on “Do You Have Economic Concerns?”

  1. #1 David
    on Sep 5th, 2012 at 7:03 am

    The Economist article says that the government debt displayed in this chart is borrowed from their own citizens. Of course you might have been speaking ironically. 🙂

    Rob adds: Yes, David, lots of irony going on here. What’s really ironic is the debt level of the individuals the governments are borrowing from…. 😀

  2. #2 Marla
    on Sep 5th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    You humor today was especially appreciated! I love your “Rob quote” at the end–it provided the needed touch for a true laugh-out-loud moment that was needed.

  3. #3 Jonathan
    on Sep 5th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    The economy is so bad that the Mafia had lay off judges.

  4. #4 ray
    on Sep 5th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Sadly, here in CT, the politicians of the left leaning persuasion think they can borrow their (our) way out of debt and spend their (our) way out of recession… Our Governor is giving millions in cash and tax breaks to not just stay in CT, but some are merely relocating to another city in the same state! One hedge fund company whose president made $3.8 billion last year got millions to “stay here” (one of the those who moved a few towns away) and has/will build a multi – million dollar facility. Those who benefit from the taxpayer now seem to be running the show and calling the shots.

    I, too, wonder who China is so in debt to… They seem to be world’s new bank now – at least America’s. :>I(

    I’m glad to see Greenland, Mongolia, and parts of Africa along with a few other countries are in the “gray”.