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Sometimes you just gotta stand up and holler; the bad economy, the Iraq war, trillions of dollars going into a financial sink-hole, joblessness, homeless people begging by the side of the road with handmade signs saying, "Please Help," and television advertising yelling "Save Big! Buy This! Buy That!"
More often than not, the poor and homeless are veterans of our recent wars, made to fend for themselves on our streets after dodging bombs and bullets for months on end. And folks with money are staying home with it.
President Barack Obama has repeatedly said what we now need is a knowledge-based economy. The industrial revolution has come and gone. We are witnesses to that fact: Chrysler and General Motors are fading fast. They're history.
Other facts: We are fast running out of oil; we have pretty much depleted this country of its metals wealth; and wood is being replaced by man-made building materials for the most part. While there may be more oil in other parts of the planet, it's become a weapon of wars and rumors of wars.
As the fall day neared its end, and the evening sun grew dim, my older brother and I lazily walked across the swampy tundra toward our camp, carrying our shotguns and several ducks we had caught. The Northwest Alaska air was still but there was a September-like nip in the breeze. As I looked back to see where we had been earlier that day, a movement in the distance caught my eye. My first thought was: Who is that?
America has gone over the economic edge and is hanging on by a mere thread. Nationally, nearly 5 million people are officially out of work and looking for work. Experts say the real number of unemployed is probably more than 10 million.