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Going Digital

August 18, 2011

Does anyone else think it's utter crap that they are going to screw over everyone who doesn't have cable or satellite by going all digital?

Television is the entertainment of the working class; some can't afford cable or satellite. Now they are giving people one year to either jump on the wagon or get off altogether. Some older TVs won't work even then so you'll have to send for a converter kit. Of course, the government has a program to help cover your cost—maybe.

Why are they doing this? What other reason, to make the corporations more money, of course! Why are they making everything digital, is it cheaper? Will that savings be handed down to the millions of cable and satellite users that are currently being shafted monthly? No. More money will go into some rich assholes’ pocket. That's what it's all about.

And the working class gets screwed, again.

I don't know about everyone else but I am tired of getting hit in my wallet every time I turn around. We are heading into a major recession entirely caused by this government’s need to make the rich even richer and screw the rest of us over.

See, the thing is it's easy to screw with the lower middle class—though there are more of us now because they've done away with the middle middle class—because we have no money and therefore no power. The more ways the big corporations can find to take money out of our pockets while we get ever less the happier they all are and the less power we have.

They just keep doing simple things to us, promising we can be whatever we want and have whatever we want if we just work harder. Yet all the while they are making it impossible for us to even keep the lifestyle we have. They give us credit cards and encourage us to run up a huge debt, and then they own us.

We can't quit working over time, we have to have two-income houses because if we don't we can't make the bills. We can't make the bills because they've told us we have to have all these things or we're living in a shit hole like a bunch of hill apes.

I wish I could say that losing their TV will get people to buy books and talk to one another, but the truth is that A) people who can't afford cable probably can't afford books and don’t go to the library, and B) most people will do without food before they do without TV. So something else in their lives will take a direct hit as they buy that new TV and/or hook up to cable.

It's time to take the big guys down a notch or two. Remember what Nancy Reagan said? Just say no. We’ll just say no to big business. Quit believing what they tell you in commercials, that huge car that gets two miles to the gallon and seats twenty-seven people will NOT get you sex or make your family happy. Your kids should NOT be watching movies in the car. They should be talking to you, looking out the window, singing songs that drive you nuts or playing those stupid-assed road games we played when we were kids. Not only are you NOT depriving your child by not giving them this but you are enriching their lives.

You absolutely do NOT have to buy name brands. The food and products are NOT any better than cheaper ones. All you are paying for is the advertisement. A bucket of KFC brought home and slammed down on the table does NOT a family dinner make. Instead of eating crappy fast food every single day why not eat at home six days a week and one day a week take the family out to a locally-owned and operated restaurant and teach your kids how to actually act in a restaurant instead of letting them eat at their happy meal and then go play in the play ground while you eat food that is clogging your arteries while you consume it and they run in screaming just often enough to stress you and everyone else in the place completely out?

All these things they have brain washed us to believe make us better people—don't. If we believe we are to be judged only on the crap we accumulate, then we really are as shallow as they think we are, and it's why it's so easy for them to play us.

I make lists of what we need. When I shop I get only what is on that list unless I see something I forgot to put down that we need. I have a rule: if I see something and I really want it and it costs less than a dollar then I buy it; if it costs over that I put it in the cart and think about it while I do my shopping and if when I get ready to check out I haven't changed my mind I get it, if I have changed my mind I put it back. If it costs more than $5.00 I don't put it in the cart, if I don't remember it when I go to check out I obviously didn't need it. Anything that costs over $20.00 gets thought about for a week and anything that costs over $100.00—well that gets thought over for months.

When we go to the club we decide who's drinking. We take $20.00 and when we run out we drink water. We are at the club to talk to friends and dance, not to drink. If I want to drink myself in a coma I will do that at home where it's cheap and safe.

Why am I so cheap? Because I can't afford to live any other way without going into debt up to my huge white ass. I write for a living. That means there is no money coming in for long stretches at a time and then a little here and a little there. My partner teaches school and gets paid once a month. We have just so much money, and it has to go so far, and unless I watch every penny we can't do it.

I'm insanely careful with our money and we still have $3800.00 in credit card debt. And let's not even talk about the company's debt.

Every day I talk to friends whose income is double, some times triple, what our combined income is, and they are in worse debt than we are.

Why? Because they don't watch what they spend. People don't realize what that one coke a day costs. Coke isn't, by the way, the “real thing.” It rots your guts and is useless calories. Let's say you are blessed with a machine that lets you get your sodas for fifty cents and let's say you only drink one a day. That's $182.50 a year. Now you're all saying, “So what? That's cheap.” Let's say three times a week you splurge and buy yourself a treat and say this averages about eighty cents. That's $124.80 a year.  Let's say three nights a week you eat at a fast food restaurant and spend only $5.00. That's $780.00 a year. Let's say you go to Wal-Mart four times a week and every time you are there you buy $10.00 in impulse items, stuff you didn't need but bought because you saw it and wanted it or to shut a screaming kid up, that's $2080.00. Now let's say twice a week you get home realize you forgot something and have to turn around and go back to the store or work or whatever, and let's be very generous and say this only costs you about $6.00 in gas. That’s $624.00. That comes to a grand total of $3790.00.

Which is what? It's $10.00 less than our personal credit card debt, that's what, and I guarantee that it's things like this and not the “must haves” that got our debt up like that. And that's me, me very careful, people always bitch that I'm cheap, me.

Now we need to consume to make sure people have jobs, but we need to think really hard about where we're consuming and where it's coming from and whether we're doing more harm than good.

For instance you need to be buying lots of books, and preferably Yard Dog Press and Selina Rosen books... All right seriously, you need to be supporting and putting your money behind things you believe in. Like small independent presses and writers whose work you like that aren't already rich and famous.

Find at least one thing that you are currently getting from some corporation and get it from a smaller non-corporate-owned source. Just one thing that you could get at Wal-Mart, or Home Depot, or Lowes that you will now be getting from some locally owned business.

For instance I buy all my feed from a local family-owned feed store and all my hardware from a local family-owned hardware store. I get the bulk of my groceries and most gifts and such at a locally owned and operated railroad damage store—so double good because these are items that would otherwise go to waste. When I can I buy produce that is locally grown.

In other words the only way to get at the corporations is by hitting them where it hurts, their wallets. We'd all like to see more small businesses make it, and the best way to do that is to support them. Eat in the locally-owned restaurants, shop at the locally-owned stores. Make lists, stick to the lists, and hit different places on different days, and then you won't use any more gas than you do now making your fifty trips a week to Wal-Mart.

The corporations and their bought and paid for public officials are trying to force us into two classes—a working class that just accepts that they will always be in debt and are prepared to do without and the super rich who, without conscience, pulls the strings that are around the working class’s throat.

People are all just accepting that there is nothing we can do to stop them from going digital, and we can't because they can do whatever they like to us and we just have to take it. But we could change that if we spoke with our money.

Selina

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