We're in trouble.
A full tank (12 gallons, let's assume) of gasoline now costs over $60.
Less then half a cart of groceries? $80.
In a day and age where it's difficult to find decent work without a college degree (and only a small percentage of high school graduates go on to college), most of us are making minimum wage. Working the maximum number of hours afforded to us by the corporations we slave for only results in weekly paychecks amounting to around $200.
In addition to gas and food, now deduct rent, electricity, telephone service, car insurance, car payments, medical expenses...
It's a wonder any of us are able to stay afloat.
I ask you, how long is it until people start looting? I don't mean just pocketing a pack of gum, or some pencils... I mean just filling their carts with groceries and never looking back. Can we prosecute the starving? The hard-working people who are just trying to make a living, and coming up short?
And how many will simply steal the things that they WANT, in order to still have money for the things they NEED?
A direct example of the latter-- I stole a messenger bag today. It was undeniably easy, easier then I ever would have expected. I threw it over my shoulder in plain sight of salespeople, and even chatted up the cashier on my way out. I hadn't brought another purse with me, so no one even stopped to assume that the bag I was wearing wasn't my own.
I'd never stolen anything before, not even as a child, but suddenly I felt somehow validated. The world OWED me this messenger bag. I felt smarter then all the salespeople, who were too busy worrying about other things to see what was going on right under their noses. I also felt smarter then the other shoppers, who were all essentially wasting their money purchasing items from the store.
I am not now, nor have I ever been a terrible person. I have values and morals and all that. If the thought of theft ever crossed my mind before, I quickly dismissed it, thinking 'I could never live with myself afterwards'. But I can live with myself-- it's easy. I'm just living my life, getting fucked up the ass by government-instituted prices, inflation, taxes and the like.
I've got to take action where I can.