Angry with what is happening….

July 26, 2010 And this was my idea????

Sorry it has been awhile, things have gone a little insane around here.

Last night I was watching Dateline (I believe it was from Friday night) on DVR.  The topic was how the economy is affecting those that were already considered “poor” prior.  There was a family of 4 living inside of an OLD camper trailer with no running water, a elderly mother’s house who’s children lost their homes and brought their families to live there….to a total of 14 people.  There was a 21 year old single mother who lives with her 3 kids in their minivan.

There was also a woman who’s husband worked in construction and hadn’t had steady work in over 10 years.  However despite that, she still ran a non-profit food bank for her area rather then attempt to look for full time paying work herself.  Not that it looked that in the area they were in she’d find much anyway.  Talk about a supportive husband!  This woman is a life saver to thousands in her community who would literally go hungry if not for her food bank.

All of this was happening in Ohio, yes, right here in the UNITED STATES.  The same United States that claims to be the “best”.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love this country, however I think that the government should look at how other countries are doing things rather then criticizing what they are doing.

Why is it that children are going hungry in this country, but we can afford to be in a war with Iraq?  Why is it that people are dying because they can’t afford health care but we can run to Haiti the second an earthquake hits?  Why is it that people are living in tents, vans, and tripled up in houses but celebrities are off in other countries “saving the world”??

Now please don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see ANY child go hungry or homeless regardless of what country they are in.  I just believe that considering that all of these countries that we are “coming to the rescue”, isn’t coming to the rescue of our children…maybe we should spend more time and money helping OUR children.

At the end of the day our children are this country’s future and if you are going to let our children starve, be homeless and uneducated because of constant budget cuts…then our country won’t be able to help itself let alone anyone else in the future.

My grandmother had a saying…”clean off your own doorstep first”.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. raquel  |  July 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    OMG I agree entirely. How can the politicians have a dinner where the plates are $1000 plus and and pens that cost more than my rent?? This world is outta control. I wish we could do a flip flop and some of the more wealthy live the way that the poor live for a month or two.

    • 2. And this was my idea????  |  July 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      I know…I’ve been lucky that even with myself being laid off for 2 years, that putting food on the table was never an issue. However finances have become a train wreck. I just can’t imagine what these people are going through and think that it’s a shame that our government that is suppose to be FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE is bailing out people that don’t pay taxes here and even wall street, all the while people in our own country are going hungry and homeless. It’s disgusting.

  • 3. Heather @ Domestic Disaster  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I totally get where you’re coming from but… (I know, here comes the insensitive gremlin) Where’s the personal responsibility? Why does an unmarried 21 year old have 3 kids? If you can’t afford to feed yourself, as a teenager no less, what the hell are you doing having 3 kids? And why didn’t the elderly lady’s kids plan for a rainy day? When you’re a grown up you have to play grown up. Your mom and dad can’t take care of you forever.

    • 4. And this was my idea????  |  July 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      BELIEVE me, I totally get what you are saying and am in no way saying that the 21 year old who has 3 kids should be felt sorry for….it’s the KIDS who should be felt sorry for. That egg and sperm mixture didn’t ask to be born to a teenage mother and irresponsible father. As far as the other family, I can’t say for sure that they DID plan for a rainy day, however there is children involved there as well. All I can say is that DB and I planned for a rainy day…both working full time and other then one car payment and a mortgage where debt free. However I was laid off 3 weeks after our son was born and couldn’t find work for almost 2 years. In that time due to the lovely economy, our $70k in equity in our home (rainy day fund) was wiped out and we are in negative equity. At one point last year when my unemployment ran out, emergency fund gone and his side work dried up in this state…we had to modify our mortgage just to be able to keep a roof over our heads. A mortgage that once was nothing to pay every month suddenly became a nightmare with the ever increasing utilities, gas & food costs.

      Even those who planned for a rainy day can be blindsided by this economy. I learned one thing for sure…6 months emergency fund is NOT enough and until you have YEARS in the emergency fund…pay the regular payment amount on the mortgage because frankly….all that extra money we were sending them every month is now gone due to negative equity and could have been VERY useful during my job search.

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