Family Security Mattersby Tom McLaughlin
People are worried. More worried than I ever remember. If theyâ€™re not out of work, they know others who are. Highly skilled tradesmen are taking on whatever comes their way â€“ jobs they never thought theyâ€™d do â€“ because the phone isnâ€™t ringing like it used to. They donâ€™t see an end to it and they donâ€™t expect it to get better. They expect it to get worse â€“ a lot worse. Thatâ€™s what worries them. And these are reliable people, those who have always taken care of business, of themselves, and of others, have always paid their taxes, and have done everything aboveboard.
Others who have hidden income in the underground economy, who have relied on government for unemployment checks, for free health care, and many other government programs, are still doing that, but their phones arenâ€™t ringing at all. Theyâ€™re calling others in search of work but not finding much. Theyâ€™ve hired on occasionally with the reliable ones, but those occasions are fewer and farther between. Lately theyâ€™ve had more time to stand around with their hands in their pockets listening to anxious talk from those who pay attention to the wider world and understand it a bit. They donâ€™t like what theyâ€™re hearing and now theyâ€™re worried too.
Then there are those who have never taken care of themselves, who have depended totally on government. Theyâ€™re still going along as they always have, but theyâ€™re noticing the world is slowing down. Businesses are closing. Others arenâ€™t open as much and shelves are empty. They donâ€™t know it yet, but their lives are about to get harder.