It’s always something!
Just when there are some small (real small) signs that the U.S. economy may be on the mend, a new, never before seen type of swine flu is making the rounds from California, to Texas, to New York, to the U.K., to Spain and, of course, Mexico.
So far, no deaths in the U.S. (unlike south of the border)–but a possible pandemic is the last thing the world needs right about now while it is trying to tilt its axis back toward solvency.
Dead people don’t buy homes! (Except maybe in Chicago where dead people have often voted for political candidates.) And, politicians distracted by the spread of illness may shift focus away too long from fixing the economy.
As some already fear, we may have a perfect storm situation developing here: a basket case economy and the potential for a world-class flu pandemic! What a combo.
And, California, among the hardest hit by the bursting of the housing bubble, is now among the hardest areas of the U.S. hit by this new swine flu virus. Only 11 cases and two probable ones as of this writing…but a number just about everyone says will certainly grow larger over the course of the next several days and weeks.
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