Wanton Economic and Social Depression (RR)

“SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITIES”

by OPOVV, ©2019

Photo credit: Antranias at Pixabay

(Feb. 19, 2019) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to where the righteous are praised and the guilty are exposed. Hello, my name is Roving and we’re at Madam Shylock’s Fortune-Telling Emporium right here in the middle of Cassadaga, FL. Hello, Madam Shylock, and here’s your folding money and a box of chocolates, compliments of Professor Zorkophsky.”

“Thank you, Roving, and…a box of chocolates from Zork? How nice, as is the cash. Come on in. Okay, all settled?  Your email question of what are the repercussions from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s denying her district thousands of jobs by banning Amazon from building its headquarters in Long Island City will be answered, but first let’s douse the house lights and gaze into the crystal ball and see what we may see.

“I see a vibrant and a cosmopolitan community — no, that’s Long Island City had they welcomed Amazon; sorry about that. Let’s look at it like it’s really going to be: a wasteland of disappointment, along the lines of Daytona Beach, FL, when the idea of a high-speed monorail was proposed in the meridian of the I-4 corridor between The World’s Most Famous Beach and Orlando/Disney World, only to be shot down: a chance to grab the Brass Ring only to see time pass by leaving newspapers blown in the wind and ‘For Sale by Owner’ signs strewn about, lying face-up covered in footprints, along with boarded-up mom-and-pops. The truth of the matter: 29,000 lost jobs is nothing to sneeze at.

“They say as many as ten ancillary jobs accompany any real stable job, which seems like overkill, so let’s examine what the people in New York lost. Besides the obvious to keep a vibrant town humming, such as businesses that cater to the automobile, there’s also auto-detailing services; babysitting and child care; florists; tuxedo and formal dress rentals (for proms and weddings); and the newsstand at the expanded airport complex, just to name a few.

“Cortez has put the hex on Long Island City for generations to come, thanks to her selfish Socialism terminal disease that she pushes to the unwary, uneducated and unprepared. It’s a shame, is what it is, and there’s no way to sugarcoat it by dancing and smiling for the cameras: the grim reaper follows her wherever she goes, hovering above her as a dark cloud of despair, stealing other people’s money to hand out to the lazy, the stupid and the gullible.

“I’m sorry, there’s just no up-side after the circus leaves: once the chance to grab the ring has been chased out, it just doesn’t come back. There’s no alternative for Long Island City waiting in the wings. It’s not only gone, but also gone forever.

“Somewhere in Long Island City there’s a Russian immigrant (legal) who has been raised in Fatalism and will, most likely, follow in the footsteps of Dostoevsky and write a tragedy about the squandered opportunities for a better life for the young people of Long Island City. Now, thanks to Cortez, the kids are forced to leave, to travel far and wide, escaping what their parents have bestowed upon them: an empty cornucopia flowing with nothing but hot air, empty promises and despair: Socialism: the beginning of true Despotism, Dictatorship, and Draconian rules that squash the past, as if freedom and democracy never existed. So go ahead and reelect Cortez and see how much worse she can make your lives. Does that about answer your question, Roving?”

“Yes, I’d say so. Thanks. And now it’s time for me to say, on behalf of the crew, goodnight to one and all: Goodnight.

“Wow, I asked for it and you sure as heck answered. Join us for burgers, Madam Shylock, and I’ll tell you about Zork’s remodeled office: my treat.”

Give It Away” (3:30)

OPOVV

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