Real Talk

The kitchen still isn't clean, but I'm working up to it. I printed out the application for the grocery store job, filled it out and checked it over. I'm going to take off at noon tomorrow from The Asylum and run to turn it in. I figure I have a better chance of catching a store manager there if I go on Monday.

I also bought groceries yesterday, so that's done. We've been getting boxes of food from various sources here and there. Sometimes Big City churches set up in the library parking lot on weekends and hand out assorted goodies. Aunt Moses gets a load of leftover food bank stuff from the school about every two weeks and she always splits it with us, so I'm stocked up on every kind of pasta you can imagine, a case of instant mac and cheese and several pounds of rice and flour. Somehow we've ended up with a stash of vanilla pudding mix, so I picked up some bananas and some vanilla wafers at the store. I've been craving banana pudding.

When people start talking smack about lazy people living on hand outs, just keep in mind that both T.A. and I have full time jobs, but sometimes Aunt Moses' little care packages are the only way we make it from pay-gone to payday.

I'm not sharing this for pity or to get attention, I just see so many people online posting stuff about welfare, handouts and how people just need to get a job.

We have jobs.

The problem is simple. The rate if inflation, the cost of living, has greatly exceeded the rate of pay increase. I had a better life 18 years ago, more "disposable" income for luxuries like clothing, decent shoes, doctor visits, etc. when I made $6 an hour.

Think about that.

The poor aren't getting poorer. The middle class is getting poor. As the gap between the haves and the have nots narrows, those yelling about welfare taking money out of their pocket, will eventually find themselves with their own hands out, dumbstruck and wondering what the hell happened.

Those are my thoughts for today. Please share your comments, just keep it nice and respectful. We'll talk again soon.

Later Taters.

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