Friday, July 18, 2008

Economy downturn: Women and people who have never worked a fucking day in their life hardest hit

H/t , but not exactly a "thank you" to Ace because this shit pisses me off.

Her father worked at General Motors for 45 years before retiring. Her mother taught driver's education. Nunez and her six siblings grew up middle class.

Things have changed considerably for this Ohio family.

Nunez's van broke down last fall. Now, her 19-year-old daughter has no reliable transportation out of their subsidized housing complex in Fostoria, 40 miles south of Toledo, to look for a job.

Her father was a UNION worker. Certainly dad passed along a good work ethic to his children?

Nunez and most of her siblings and their spouses are unemployed and rely on government assistance and food stamps. Some have part-time jobs, but working is made more difficult with no car or public transportation.

See, this shit would be funny if it didn't piss me off to the n'th degree. And, for the record, this is a compassionate story on NPR about how the family can't afford meat during this hard times.

Wow. Looks likes times are really tough.

Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job. Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps.

She's 40 and she's NEVER worked. She's lived her entire adult life on subsidies, yet now we have to hear tales of woe about how she can't afford meat?

The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it's more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don't buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

Honestly, these people can cry me a fucking river. They don't work, are the ultimate losers, contribute not an INCH to society, yet we're supposed to boo hoo about the lack of meat in their diet?

I've got a question - do you think these people have EVER contributed to society in a manner that would be within their means? Give blood? Work on a community garden? Volunteer at a homeless shelter. I would bet $200 bucks they've never done a SINGLE one of those things.

Because, you see, for people like the Hernandez's, society exists to help THEM.