You Know Obama’s Recession Is Bad When Sex Workers Have To Cut Prices

OK, this article is about the recession in Canada, but, since it is a world wide recession, and Obama is blaming Bush for the recession, and making it all America’s fault, and he is the ONLY ONE who can fix it, will Obama help these folks out with a few patronizing words?

Drag queen “Ray” was enraged when a late-night customer on Toronto’s downtown track offered him $5 for oral sex recently.

“I didn’t spend two hours getting my makeup on and all dressed up for that,” says the 36-year-old former hairdresser from Venezuela, who usually charges $60 for the service.

These days, Ray is getting little more than callouses from standing all night near Jarvis and Wellesley, as the economic slump delivers an unexpected hit to the sex trade.

Of all the people that the reporter, Trish Crawford, could find to write about, she chooses a drag queen?

The vices — smoking, drinking, sex — are usually bulletproof during a recession, says economist Perry Sadorsky, who teaches at York University’s Schulich School of Business. So if the sex trade is hurting, “we are in the most serious depression since the 1930s. This shows the magnitude of the decline. It is deep and it is problematic.”

Bush’s fault

But it’s no surprise prostitutes and their customers end up haggling, says Sadorsky. Unlike alcohol and cigarettes, which are regulated and sold in stores, the price of sex is flexible and negotiated for each transaction by the buyer and the seller. People willing to work for less affect the going price, he says.

At least they understand free trade and capitalism!

But it’s no surprise prostitutes and their customers end up haggling, says Sadorsky. Unlike alcohol and cigarettes, which are regulated and sold in stores, the price of sex is flexible and negotiated for each transaction by the buyer and the seller. People willing to work for less affect the going price, he says.

The recession has seen the street price of oral sex, the most common service, plummet from $60 last fall to $20 today. “Full service” involving intercourse has dropped from $150 to $80.

If you apply this to health care, if you have way more patients than providers, prices will go up. If government gets the heck out of the way and stops restrictions, you can have more providers per patient, and the prices will drop. Interesting.

And, if I am writing about health care in what should be a funny story about the price of street sex dropping, I must have heard Obama’s talking points a few times too often.

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