It is being spoken and respoken. The Economy is in recovery.
For many years I commuted in and out of Richmond, VA’s far West End, but for economic reasons my Florida company decided that it would be best to close down our little office and have us work from home. And I thank my lucky stars that I still have a job and a company that is reasonably solvent due to severe layoffs and belt tightening, even if it is in a dying industry.
But because my Internet provider had a malfunction, I temporarily lost Internet access today and had to find somewhere in town to log on to do my job.
But that’s not the story. Well, the layoffs and belt tightening, the austerity are PART of the story, but let’s move on.
When I left for home today at my old commute timeI was shocked at the light volume of traffic.
When Circuit City corporate was here, this commute was extremely heavy and it took 5 or more traffic light cycles to make a left from Cox Rd. northbound onto Nuckols Rd., but then Circuit City died in Feb. 2009 and the traffic lessened considerably.
Our office closed about 2 years ago, but still, it was a 3 traffic light cycle to get through that intersection.
Today, on a Monday in non-vacation season, it took only 1 light cycle and the turn lane wasn’t even half way filled.
There just weren’t that many commuters anymore.
OK. Maybe I was just lucky. It was peculiar. I was prepared for the usual vehicular combat from the days of old and I found myself with no competition to speak of.
Are other companies becoming more enlightened and allowing more and more of us to work from home thereby lessening the traffic flow?
I’m thinking not.
These are the everyday things that both distress me AND give me comfort that in spite of the spin from the White House and Clint Eastwood and the Obamasseuses from NBC et al. You can’t escape the fact that the economy simply sucks and everyday people can’t help but notice the closing stores, the defunct retail chains, and the lessening job opportunities. Properties, both residential and commercial are becoming increasingly vacant. Prices for energy, food, and essentials are sky rocketing.
Couple all of this empirical evidence with all the people you know personally that have been devastated and it’s a pretty damning picture that’s hard to ignore and all the spin in the world can’t convince a recent victim of a business failure that the president and the Democrats have done them anything but harm.
This is Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.
You know what to do come November.