Saturday, November 25, 2006

I Got My Next Month's Pay Slip Yesterday

I realised something this morning, comparing my present situation to that of a friend who's in trouble: it is a miraculous thing just to have enough money to take care of your needs for the coming month. Having enough cash--unless something terrible happens-- to feed, clothe and heat your body for the next four weeks is a hell of an achievement, and something a person can be proud of. Yes, there is the longer view, and you do have to give some consideration, at least, to the future; but rest a little while in the glow of what you've done so far. Some people don't even know where their next cup of tea is gonna come from.

5 comments:

Janey... said...

It is an amazing and sad state of affairs, isn't it??? At any moment, one "emergency" in most of our lives would render us broke and 1/2 step away from homelessness...One illness, one flood, one credit card in the hands of the wrong person...
That's all it takes...

Although I know the U.S' social issues are different than where you are in the U.K., I am always amazed to hear how striking the similarities are as well...

Paycheck to paycheck...that's how the majority of America lives...not just the lower socio-economic class...but the middle class...the houses with two parents, one kid and a dog...

It is shameful here in the U.S. that our government(not just the Republican politicians but the middle class people who voted them in office)can with clear conscience not raise our minimum wage from $5.15 and hour...hell, gas prices yesterday at the pumps were $2.19 a gallon (I know the currency is different for you in the U.K. and maybe the dollar numbers mean nothing to you or maybe you do know?)When a person makes "minimum wage," that means they make $10,712 annually full time...Good luck finding a full time job at minimum wage anyway...because if it's a full time position, the company will have to give you things like healthcare benefits...fat chance. So now, you have 2 part-time jobs and we have someone making $10,000 a year with no insurance and we call that our "minimum standard." Minimum for what though??? Minimum infers that you have reached some sort of passable criteria...I just don't know what for??? That's why our public assistance programs are such a debacle...we encourage riding on others' coat tails...

Ugh.

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