Cash discounts for gasoline purchases being offered to consumers finally hit the major news outlets. This was already "old news" in my case because it was already happening a week ago on the local level in my area. No surprise there! The news media usually takes their time about letting you know what's happening until they decide it's important enough to report. The convenience stores around here have been offering some pretty hefty discounts (as much as 20 cents / gallon at one location) for paying cash and a lot of people are going to have to take advantage of these discounts because the savings will be too good to turn down. This may ease the credit crunch on plastic money some but it's going to put a strain on the amount of cash at the banks.
So another advance warning for people out there is due. Troubled times always have a way of increasing the level of criminal activity. The problem is that there are a lot more criminals out there suffering the same financial difficulties as law-abiding citizens. The criminals out there are and will be even more desperate than in times past. And with their desperation, there comes an increased level of violence associated with their crimes.
It's already starting to happen on the local level here. The local nightly news broadcasts are already talking about the escalating violence that currently seems to be the norm instead of the exception. Crimes usually not associated with violent behavior are suddenly beginning to turn deadly. Desperate times create desperate people and the desperate criminals out there are starting to turn violent.
Keep your eyes open and watch what's happening on the local level in your area. The effects of what's happening in America is hitting closer and closer to home everyday. Be careful!
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