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The Economy and Walking Sticks...

dow_ 6 1 12_2012-06-01_140556.jpg Hi,

What follows is strictly opinion from CapeCodAlan, and not from eBirdseed.com. What's more, it barely touches upon the subject of birds, but then again, it absolutely does...

Let's start at the beginning... Take a look at that number above... Why is the Dow down 250 points??? What's wrong with the economy? I'll tell you what's wrong. We're scared and we're uncertain. And when I say "we", I'm speaking from the perspective of not just the corporate world (of which I used to be a part), but also of the small business world into which I'm mulling an entrance... Keep in mind that by all acounts, small businesses are the backbone of the American economy... Let me explain my reservations...

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Take a look at the two walking sticks/camera monopods at left. They'd be ideal for hiking and birding. Since you're reading this forum, they would probably be perfect for you, but I'm not making them or selling them. Why? Here's why...

First, Europe has me scared. (And no, I'm not going to cite the obvious -- I've done that so many times that I'm turning blue -- look up the numbers for yourself...) Forget Greece... Greece is small potatoes... Worry about Italy and Spain. The simple fact is that Germany has had about enough of bailing out countries and cultures hooked on entitlements. Long story short is that Europe is teetering. And if Europe crashes, so do we because the U.S. economy is so entangled in the European economy. So that's why we're scared.

Secondly, little guys like me are uncertain... I'd like to make those sticks... I really would, But I'm afraid the EPA would jump ugly on me because of the sawdust I produce, or guv'ment would take half of my gross (which, when all things are said and done, it would), or the ATF might consider my stick an illegal fighting staff because there's a bolt in the end... To put it simply, I don't know where this country is going, I'm uncertain about the coming tax laws, the growing power of the EPA and the Federal government, the very nature of our litigation-happy society, a Congress who has to pass a bill before they can even understand it, and a market that's a yo yo... You name it, and everything smacks of uncertainty...

Anywho... IMHO, that's why the market is down, unemployment is up, and you won't be able to take one of my superb walking sticks with you the next time you go birding...

Scared and uncertain by the feeders...

CapeCodAlan


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