The myth that The Great Recession is over is exceptionally cruel as we approach the holidays.
In fact, this much early preparation for the holiday buying season is a great clue that this town is still majorly cash-strapped.
Look around and notice that local merchants are already eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus and local dimwits who spend too much to buy the affection of their loved ones. On the Plaza they’ve already set up shop for holiday decorations before folks have had time to even put up their Halloween displays. Additionally, the annual Prairie Village bickering over a big-ass X-mas lighting display seems a bit early given that Summer doesn’t even officially end until tonight.
Obviously, we’re all looking for X-mas because so many local merchants need some kind of spike in retail sales.
Truly, this is the saddest kind of waiting for Santa.
Meanwhile, the blazing heat kept most people inside air-conditioned places during the Summer and this winter looks to be even more frigid, so local entertainment spots might not benefit as greatly from X-mas crowds.
My contention: For a great many unemployed people and an aging American work force, The Great Recession might never go away. Manufacturing has long been dead in this country and now our service and information economies are facing increased purging thanks to the digital age.
Here’s just a bit more X-mas Cheer:
So, I’m not sure if that tired old X-mas sentiment will save Kansas City’s economy given the many larger forces at work. What remains certain is that a long, hard winter lies ahead and neither Santa’s arrival nor the impending GOP election gains offer much hope of reversing so many dwindling fortunes.