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I'd be really interested to hear opinions about this. I found some of the statistics in it close to unbelievable, but I trust the writer.

It's about poverty in Ohio.




Nov. 3rd, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
I wish I found anything in the article surprising, but I honestly don't. Just speaking from my own experience, food is the expendable expense. Viva ramen noodles!

On very bad days (say, last Autumn), I tried to look at the big picture: if I let my parents sell the house, that would pay off my debt (if they were being that kindly), but the leftovers (ha) wouldn't be enough to pay for another house; I don't have a car or any fancy jewelry, and I could sell things like TVs or stereos, but I'd get nowhere near what they're worth; all of which is to say, falling into further destitution doesn't appeal to me either. I have health insurance, but at a steeper-than-I'd-like cost.

I know, logically, two things: my parents would not let me starve. And I could take another job or two -- low wages, no benefits. (And I may as well, since I'm not in the mood to go back to college.) But at some point, what am I working for again? A place to sleep? And at some point, my parents won't be around. Thus the debt management plan. Thus the putting off of certain doctor's visits and the $20-max. trips to the grocery.

I remember us being on food stamps. I remember my aunt saying to my mother, "We won't let you lose the house." So...the article doesn't surprise me. It makes me actually somewhat glad that my life is as stable as it is (I'd just as soon not find out how stable it actually isn't, thankyouverymuch), even if I have to budget to buy milk.
Nov. 4th, 2003 06:03 am (UTC)
You're right. Working two jobs is soul-destroying, in the long-term because there's no space to breathe.

I think that I had not quite realised how pervasive the poverty was in more rural areas until I read that article