I just read this super depressing article --here-- on the effect of the rising poverty rates on everyday Americans. Some of you have probably seen it because it was featured on the Yahoo page (I hate to admit it, but that's how I get most of my information). It's very long and sad but the gist of of it is that more and more middle class Americans are falling into poverty and can't get out.
And frankly, it pisses me off. I know there's a lot of factors contributing to the rising rate of the unemployment, but it baffles me that a father has to make a decision on whether or not to pay the phone bill or buy groceries just because some government officials thought it was a good idea bail out banks in 2008. So here are some random thoughts that came to me while I was reading this:
1.) So far, my family has been fortunate enough not to be really affected by the recession. But, I'm not naive enough to think that it couldn't. Looking at those normal families in this article showed me that no one is immune. It makes me worried, but it mostly makes me angry. My family were immigrants to the US. We came here for the reason many immigrants do; to have the life our native country couldn't give us. But now, it seems the US is failing us in that. That may seem unpatriotic, but I'm not one to blindly follow my country. I completely believe in duty to one's country but only if a country fulfills its duty to its citizens first.
4.) In the meantime, I will be doing my part to earn a degree in order to arm myself against the recession. The article was saying how some of these newly impoverished people have multiple college degrees. Well, I hate to break it to you, but a masters in cheese making isn't going to get you anywhere these days. It's important to do what you love, but also do what is useful. No one cares that you can design them their dream kitchen if they don't have the money to buy food. So big lesson: if you're going to spend the time and money to go to school, do something useful and marketable.
I apologize for the long rant. Also, I'm not a political expert.
Keep it classy folks,