This post was originally a response to a post by Michael Hamar, a liberal blogger who lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
I make $18 an hour and sometimes I’m still food insecure. Because my credit was not up to par, the only kind of home I could purchase was a mobile home. I admit that I was naive and had no idea what the impact of a 15% mortgage would really be. I pay $650 a month in mortgage and $500 a month in lot rent. My pay, after taxes and insurance come out, is generally around $1800 a month. I am also trying to pay off student loans, the loan that I had to take out to cover the payday loans I had to take out when doing my unpaid nursing internship, utilities (which in winter sometimes come to around $200 a month) communications (which I got behind on, so I’m trying to catch up) auto insurance, and fuel costs. Then there’s food, and the idea of savings is a joke.
I have a broken furnace that I can’t afford to have fixed. I heat my home by running space heaters. This probably drives up my electricity costs and makes Xcel Energy very happy.
My point being that I make well over minimum wage, and I’m far from making it. The people in minimum wage jobs are really in a bad spot.
The Rethuglicans like to promote the idea that poor people are all lazy and if they weren’t lazy, they wouldn’t be poor. They don’t take into account the fact that the majority of poor people are working poor. Others are people who used to work but no longer can due to injuries or illness.
I’m not sure how much of an aberration I am, but I happen to be a person with major mental illness who has been able to work because my condition is fairly well controlled. Many people with mental illness can’t work.
These individuals make pre-haunting Scrooge look like a bastion of warm-heartedness and generosity.
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