The economic carnival

Posted on April 6, 2013 by

We look forward to the church carnival every year. This year, it was moved from May to April because, as the pastor told us, the company that had always done it didn’t think they’d earn enough to make it profitable. When I heard that, I thought, “Well, that’s odd.”

And then we went there. On a Saturday afternoon. With wonderful weather. And this is what we found:

Hardly anyone there and a third of the people are the workers.

My daughter rode alone on the carousel. Last year was pretty thin, too, but the year before we had to wait in line for all of the rides.

Everything was totally rusted and in dire need of repair. There’s a screw hanging out on the bottom of these stairs, and I saw a ride that had been repaired with duck tape.

Don’t be distracted by the cute kids. Focus on the wood beams that were used to hold the stand together and the fact that everything is dinged and in desperate need of a coat of fresh paint.

The sad state of our church’s main fund-raiser, which usually draws thousands, put me in mind of the state our economy. On the surface, you think there’s still a vibrant economy. But when you look closer, you realize that it’s all slowly decaying.

You may say that it’s the effect of a seasonal adjustment, or Hurricane Sandy, or the Cyprus circus, or… but business has been steadily declining for the past three years and it’s getting harder and harder not to notice.

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