Friday, October 19, 2007

Poor stretching their paychecks to the breaking point

See the story at CNN.

The thing that irks me most about this article is that someone I'm close to would literally say (of the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, family whose check used to last four days and now lasts two): "Well, if it's so tough for them, they should just leave. Move away from the city and go somewhere else."

As if it were that easy.

As if people can afford to just pack up and move somewhere cheaper when their entire familial support system is right here. When they have no car. When the parents are going hungry so the kids can eat, so where are they supposed to save any money?

And this same person would then complain that there were no taxi drivers, or mechanics, or others in a service profession. And this same person is in her late twenties and is STILL not financially independent. While she probably could make it on her paycheck (she'd have to, she makes substantially more than I do!), she doesn't. She gets help with small luxuries (like a cell phone) as well as more than $20,000 in schooling paid for each year just because she breathes air. And she has the nerve to think of someone struggling to make ends meet and say, "Hmph. Let 'em get out of the city then."

It just burns me up.

1 comment:

  1. It is fascinating to me how judgmental people can be. A lot of times when something happens to them they claim it is out of their control or not their fault. Yet when a similar thing happens to somebody else they believe it is due to some negligence by that person. That is so interesting to me. I wonder what our world would be like if judgment was replaced with compassion and empathy.


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