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Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis. A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.
When I got pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel. I had a minifridge with no freezer and a microwave. I was on WIC. I ate peanut butter from the jar and frozen burritos because they were 12/$2. Had I had a stove, I couldn't have made beef burritos that cheaply. And I needed the meat, I was pregnant. I might not have had any prenatal care, but I am intelligent enough to eat protein and iron whilst knocked up.
I know how to cook. I had to take Home Ec to graduate high school. Most people on my level didn't. Broccoli is intimidating. You have to have a working stove, and pots, and spices, and you'll have to do the dishes no matter how tired you are or they'll attract bugs. It is a huge new skill for a lot of people. That's not great, but it's true. And if you # it up, you could make your family sick. We have learned not to try too hard to be middle-class. It never works out well and always makes you feel worse for having tried and failed yet again. Better not to try. It makes more sense to get food that you know will be palatable and cheap and that keeps well. Junk food is a pleasure that we are allowed to have; why would we give that up? We have very few of them.
The closest Planned Parenthood to me is three hours. That's a lot of money in gas. Lots of women can't afford that, and even if you live near one you probably don't want to be seen coming in and out in a lot of areas. We're aware that we are not "having kids," we're "breeding." We have kids for much the same reasons that I imagine rich people do. Urge to propagate and all. Nobody likes poor people procreating, but they judge abortion even harder.
Convenience food is just that. And we are not allowed many conveniences. Especially since the Patriot Act passed, it's hard to get a bank account. But without one, you spend a lot of time figuring out where to cash a check and get money orders to pay bills. Most motels now have a no-credit-card-no-room policy. I wandered around SF for five hours in the rain once with nearly a thousand dollars on me and could not rent a room even if I gave them a $500 cash deposit and surrendered my cell phone to the desk to hold as surety.
Nobody gives enough thought to depression. You have to understand that we know that we will never not feel tired.
I smoke. It's expensive. It's also the best option. You see, I am always, always exhausted. It's a stimulant. When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour. When I am enraged and beaten down and incapable of accomplishing one more thing, I can smoke and I feel a little better, just for a minute. It is the only relaxation I am allowed. It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to. It is the only thing I have found that keeps me from collapsing or exploding.
I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term.
Being poor is more than just the physical aspect of not having money it`s a psychological thing mostly.
Being poor means you are a spectator to life and not a participant. All those commercial and TV shows don`t apply to you because you aren`t a part of life and can`t relate to what is being shown.
Hopes, dreams plans for the future don`t apply to you, those are things that people who have money and are living life have, not you.you are ostracized from life, a mere spectator watching the strange,unfamiliar and foreign rituals of people living something called life.
Being poor permanently alters your thinking processes so even if you someday do come into some money and are no longer poor your thinking and reasoning processes can`t be restored back to the "not poor" state.
poverty should be declared a crime against humanity.
Her kids need her, and the damage being done to them isn't worth all the tea in china, the income of the corporate heads or any of the political crapola and ISMS people vote into.
1. I wouldnt be working 2 jobs, and see the kids one hour a day. We would have moved in with family first, or a tent if necessary. Or a van, refusing to pay rent and bills and find a van or truck and leave that area for warmer climate and small town.
It takes a bit of courage to admit you've made an arse of your life and bad decisions, but at least she recognises that. Took me years before I realised that I was blaming everything and everyone for my predicament except myself.
There are 2 large problems with being poor 1) getting out of it and 2) you develop a poverty mindset. They don't call it the poverty trap in this country for no reason, it really is a trap! Every day is a battle and a struggle and before long you can barely see the wood for the trees and your entire days are spent just thinking of ways to survive. Getting through it out of it and past it rarely cross your mind, your whole being is consumed by thoughts of poverty bills food. Yes we make bad decisions and so do the ultra rich the speculators and investors but why on earth shouldn't we have the right to live a little instead of just exist? The odd cigarette chocolate cake or whatever. We are pariahs and scapegoats but the world needs the poor....we are cannon fodder for any wars you want fighting, we are lab rats for experiments and test subjects for new laws and policies
Trust me, there are average people out there who treat their own worse than the people at the top do. They're scum.