Well as usual, really nothing...
Emasculated cowards (the traders and Investors are composed mostly of men) who felt 'brave' enough to put their precious money back into stocks as it looked like Obama wouldn't get his war resolution passed...
And really nothing else..
Nope.. nothing real.. 4.5 years of this and counting.
We wondered as terrible as the US economy is, why people don't pick up their symbolic pitchforks and rise up like they did in say 1783 France?
Was it that their situation was dramatically worse off than today?
But we're going to delve a little deeper because that's what makes A&G so unique and special..
Currently 1/3 of all Americans for whatever reason do not have a job-- The specific percentage is around 36.2% or thereabouts
There are basically two reasons we haven't morphed into Revolution and Chaos:
6.5 million receive unemployment benefits.. It would be higher but there's a cap as to how many weeks someone can get living assistance before kicked off...
Over 46 million people receive food stamps.. Many do not know this but you can use that $ to buy shit like cheese puffs and grape soda but can't use the cards to buy prepared food that is already heated like a rotisserie chicken.
Around 60 million Americans receive Social Security benefits due to age and/or disability.. For the vast majority, this isn't a 'handout' because they worked for decades to put into the system, but we include this figure because its still a government payout..
Some of these numbers overlap, like people getting food stamps who also get welfare so we won't add them all to present as a total, but that's a lot of people..
And its not the fault of the education system or this nonsense that a certain percentage are always destined to fall between the cracks..
Its due to the decimation of the manufacturing base which provided good paying jobs for many millions of Americans without needing a college degree and its debt load to generate a living..
That's why 64% of all American workers have less than $1,000 in true cash savings accrued for a rainy day or emergency...
2) Communication and Presentation
Allow us to explain this one-- its in two parts but blend together..
So people bury their noses in these shit devices on buses or trains, or walk around to/from work with iPod buds in their ears and make absolutely no effort to socialize or exude any friendliness towards others in their worldspace...
Not only is it deeply anti-social and a sign of mental disorder, but what happens is there is a dramatic weakening around the nation and world of 'community'.
If someone was starving, they would tell others and would receive similar tales.
Today we are a deeply vain people...
Everything is name brand.. Status.. Got to look better than your peers..
Nope.. need to show off that cup..
So few to none ever admit or can admit their in a very bad economic place..
People ask 'what do you do for a living?'.. The rudest, most intrusive question a human being can ask another..
Bad enough when strangers do it.. Worse when its family..
In France and other cultured nations, people never ask it.. It matters who you Are more than what you do..
If you are a "somebody" because someone hires you and works you harder than what you get back in paycheck, do you become a "nobody" when the same bastard lets you go??
A population in the US where 1 on 3 do not work yet 100% always lie and say they have a job title handy to spew out to get the nosy off their backs..
So you have this society where people are suffering badly but don't want to openly admit it to each other, preferring to keep up false fronts while doing everything humanly possible to avoid talking to people 3 feet away in order to text someone 3,000 miles away..
There's no opportunity to share stories... to organize... galvanize..
We are not united as a nation by our personal life experiences... we are united by contrived TV 'events' like Breaking Bad or MadMen.. united by sports teams winning... united by going to blockbuster comic book movies when they are released..
United by pretending Miley Cyrus' twerking offended our sensibilities so bad it turned the skank into ratings gold.. enough Saturday Night live is having her host and sing next month..
And because of it, we're all lobsters in the pot... slowly boiling but not the least bit boiling over in anger.. and with no one close by to express the melancholy to..
Easier to talk to someone in Seattle or Singapore than right down on 2nd St..
We're not exceptional.. many nations have it worse.. They do nothing..
Japan has been in economic malaise for decades-- Their people escape into anime cartoons really meant for children and quirky porn where their woman squeak and squeal as if they were infants..
In other nations, the populaces just drink into stupors..
So we Americans take the handouts, seek out escape via movies, tv, drink and/or drugs, and that's that..
No socialization skills.. No unity.. No public admittance of struggle
And every year our quality of life is deteriorating more because of it..