posted on Oct, 28 2008 @ 03:34 AM
I am low income, and I live in low income housing, plus get a few foodstamps. I ended up on disability, I worked very hard all my life and would still
rather work, but I can't. Not in the factory jobs I've always worked, and I can't stay at this puter very long either, and if I did go back to work
at the wages that we have, and the rent in the area I live, I wouldn't be any better off financially. Every time I get a cost of living raise, in
which last year was, wooo hoo, 2.5%, gave me a whole 16 dollars more a month. This year, we finally get a 5.8% when COS is 10% or more, it helps,
don't get me wrong. Then when we do get a raise, the rent goes up and food stamps down. It is a catch 22 with low income. And yes, I do agree that
a lot of people take advantage and rip off the tax payer in which use to piss me off too. But I payed in to my social security.
I really don't like this, but I do not take advantage. I make it barely, but I make it, I was taught how to live on minimum wage and shi### ass jobs,
there is a way around it, by having a mother and family that lived through the depression, with almost nothing but themselves cows, garden, chickens,
all the God given things that most people take advantage of. And I'm just trying to make a point here before I say what I'm about to say. I'm just
giving myself as an example.
All you have to do to help is donate to the food banks in your area, if you can afford it, if you can't you can't, I even feel bad that I can't,
but I do donate to the gleaners with stuff I don't use anymore. Clean out your garage and donate to a non-profit charity that gives their stuff to
the homeless or the truly downtrodden, that way, they can eat at least one night or two, and have warm clothes for the winter. The homeless are in
tent cities everywhere, it is getting a little scary. We need more homeless shelters. But, on the other hand, some people like it that way, or
that was their chosen path in this lifetime. And I have noticed, that most of the poor, are poorly educated, as in the dumbing down of america, and
they have no choice but to work in low income jobs that is also a catch 22. Been there done that too. I even tried to go back to college 3 times, and
it was like God said, nope, that aint happenin either.
We all have our own paths to learn from, and some people just don't get it, and end up very poor and mismanage their money, get depressed, get on
drugs, have sex, have babies, don't think about the cost of babies till they lose their jobs and lose their kids cause their on drugs and ended up
homeless. On and on. It is just a menagerie of humans and poorness, and most of the poorness is caused by the elite of the world that think we are
pieces of sh## that don't deserve any better so we continue to be their slaves whilst they sit back and laugh and say, look how well our sheep
aren't doing, and boy are we doing a good job of it
This is a merry-go-round and people have to learn how to step off of it and start using common sense with their resources. But until they do that, we
have to, with our kindest of hearts and souls, do what we can to even help a little, even if we think some don't deserve it. That is just the way
the cookie crumbles and we are better humans for doing that for the ones less fortunate than even I. I live off a little over 700 a month, am single
and have to most of the time stay home because the gas prices bout ate me up just going 25 miles cause I own a ship of a car, but, it is paid for.
There are ways around being poor, but you have to cut corners to live and be happy that you have a roof over your head and food to eat and clothes to
wear, I feel very, very fortunate that I don't need help,(except the food stamps) but I truly feel for those that do, I've been through hell and
back, and if it weren't for places like the food banks and welfare, I wouldn't be where I'm at now.
I couldn't imagine being homeless. I appreciate everything I have.