I know I'm going to be writing some things here that your not going to believe but just stay with me.
When I moved out here to Michigan yes I knew that things were bad as far as the economy goes. If that wasn't bad enough Elkhart Indiana with the highest unemployment in the country is just south of me. The thing is people here know it's bad, not like the rest of the country thats waiting for the other shoe to fall because here it's already fallen.
I was out shopping for groceries one day and overheard a lady say that today was the day for a new shipment of new clothes to come into the Goodwill stores. Well never heard of Goodwill getting new clothes so I asked her what she was talking about. she told me that Goodwill was getting brand new clothes from big retailers, still with tags on, and putting them out for 5 bucks for pants and 5 bucks for shirts 7 bucks for coats. so on and so forth. Yep had to take a look. Well I figure I have a 2 grand new wardrobe for about 50 bucks. All with new tags and all name brand. After much searching on the net and many questions it seems as though stores can get a tax write off when they drop a load of clothes off. Makes there books look real good.
Things are a lot worse than you could imagine in the real world. If things that should be known were known the stock market would crash, China would be at war with us for all the money we owe them., and the rich, well there wouldn't be any rich.
If you have any questions ask, want pictures ask, it's amazing what I have learned out here about the economy.