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Happy New Year to consumers everywhere

By Rita R. Robison

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a good consumer year in 2012.

Cecilia New Years EveLast year had its ups and downs for consumers. Although conservatives in Congress drug their feet and opposed many needed measures for consumers, consumers took to the streets with the Occupy Movement to tell politicians that enough is enough. The message was clear: the top 1 percent is prospering while the rest of us struggle along – working harder with less and less to show for it.

This year, 2012, is THE election year. Although I’d like to think that once the presidential election is over, the nation could return to a sense of normalcy, it’s unlikely that will happen. Conservatives seem hell-bent on dismantling government and changing how society operates, regardless of how many people are unemployed and how many are living on the streets. I expect the loud, harsh anti-people rhetoric by conservatives will continue no matter who is elected to the presidency.

It was refreshing to recently have a vacation in Europe. Newspapers and the media there aren’t filled with the kinds of hate messages conservatives here are spouting continually.

I hope 2012 is a good year for you as a consumer. Be sure to keep your credit card spending down, monitor your finances, and begin or continue your retirement planning.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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