The Schuylkill Expressway was jammed this morning, so I detoured down West Chester Pike, through 69th Street to the 30 Blocks of Squalor. The garbage and debris on the Squalor almost glimmers in the Spring sunshine. The non-working welfare recipients seem to have a bounce in their shuffle. Maybe it’s because their EBT cards got recharged yesterday.
While driving down West Chester Pike through Llanerch (not far from the Llanerch Diner – now famous for the scene from Silver Linings Playbook when Jennifer Lawrence freaks out), just before Darby Road, I noticed something new. There is a small shopping center with an LA Fitness Center as the main tenant. To the left of the shopping center is a large commercial building that has been vacant for the last four years. I keep my eyes open to note how many AVAILABLE signs I see, and this building has been available for a long time.
This morning I was stunned to see a banner hanging from the vacant building. Surely it was a sign the economy is roaring back, just like the MSM has been telling me. I looked closely and found out the prized new tenant was none other than Goodwill. I have a finally tuned sense of irony. On a day when the stock market is hitting new all-time highs, out in the real world there are more Goodwill stores opening than Home Depot openings.
I’m sure the community of Llanerch is abuzz about the entry of Goodwill into the market. They might give the Salvation Army and Purple Heart a real run for their money in providing assistance to the former middle class that has been destroyed by the very same people driving the stock market to new heights. This is surely a sign of an economic renaissance along West Chester Pike. The grand opening of this establishment will probably be a real shindig. The crowds will rival Black Friday at a West Philly Wal-Mart on EBT recharge day.
I’m sure Goodwill will roll out their best ad campaign to launch their dynamic new enterprise.
Does anyone else sense the disconnect between what is happening in the real world versus the propaganda spewed by the MSM and the financial fraud that passes for our economic system? As the middle class sinks deeper into despair, the ruling class manipulate the financial system to extract whatever wealth remains in the country. It’s almost as ironic as a Lamborghini parked in front of a Goodwill store.