It freaks me out how much money will be spent on the Super Bowl, about $500 million.
People at work put money into the office pool that turned into $2000. People just love football and the Super Bowl. There's the halftime show and the Super Bowl commercials. Like this country needs another opportunity for marketing. People who won't vote, don't care about social issues that directly effect them will spend at least $40 for a team jersey, of course they have to get a hat too. Then there's the Super Bowl party and all the money spent on food and beer.
"panem et circenses" (bread and circuses) - the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which has given up its birthright of political freedom*
I guess it's way easier to care about sports than to try and figure out what we can do about the fact that now nearly 50 million people are living in poverty. According to what I read work expenses, healthcare and taxes pushed more people into poverty, but hey, pass me the wings and beer.
Today, I read that the rate of suicide of our soldiers exceeded the ones who died in a war zone.
Guess that's not polite Super Bowl conversation either. As far as I'm concerned, every veteran should get a free ticket to the Super Bowl. We have over 1.25 million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guess we need a bigger coliseum.
I don't hear anyone talking about these things, but every one talks about how bad the Ravens suck. What really sucks are the circumstances many Americans find themselves in. I can't imagine what $500 million dollars could do for them. Money can't buy everything, but it could buy better mental healthcare for our soldiers. I couldn't find any statistics for what we spend on that for the military.
I better just stick with talking about what the Kardashian's are going to wear to the Super Bowl. Oh, and what's going to happen on the "Jersey Shore" now that Snooki had a baby. Maybe she could give Kim and Kanye parenting advice. I guess it's ok to be a single mom as long as you have money.
I'm not sure who's going to win the big game today, but I do know who's winning in this market oriented Wall Street-Walmart circus.