Despite reports that hiring is up, unemployment is down and that the economy is slowly crawling its way back, what I see on the streets seems to prove otherwise.
Last week when I was beginning my daily commute, I noticed a red pick up truck slowing down and backing up across the street from where I was standing. At first, I thought he was one of those creepy guys who likes to offer rides to women at bus stops.
What he did next came as a surprise.
He wasn't a creepy guy. He was a man on a much different mission.
Exiting the passenger's side door of his truck, the man with his power saw promptly started cutting down a metal support post of a fence that was in severe disrepair.
Then he cut down another support.
Leaving the stumps in the concrete, the man picked up the six foot poles and threw them in the back of his truck.
All of this occurred on a heavily traveled but almost desolate street on the south side before 6:00 in the morning.
So you can believe what the talking heads say about the economic health of this country if you choose; stealthy metal scavengers seem to paint a much different picture.