Originally Posted by abbycats
Somebody is getting filty rich in the scheme of things while the little guy suffers. It makes me so mad!
Amen, sister! But nothing ever changes, because the little man has to work so hard to stay afloat that he doesn't have the time or energy to march on Washington and demand fairness... and that's if
he even understands the situation well enough to know that he needs
Originally Posted by Ryn
Here gas costs over $8 a gallon. I think it's still way too little, considering the enviromental effects of that vile goo.
I understand that feeling -- but if you try to enforce environmental responsibility by overpricing something that's still an absolute necessity
for so many people, you're only penalizing the lower classes and putting a lot of them out of work... while the wealthy who can
pay the inflated price continue to cruise around in Hummers.
Originally Posted by Siggav
...I haven't driven a car myself in probably around 6-7 years now. I don't own one and I tend to take buses or trains when I need to travel with the occasional taxi hop as well...
That sounds like heaven. And you're living in my favorite place in the world, too. Why can't Texas be more like Scotland?
Originally Posted by Essayons89
It is greed that makes the world the go 'round.
Yes, it is. I'll never understand how the 2% who have so much more than they will ever use can enjoy
any of it, when they see people going hungry, patients dying for lack of insurance, families living in their cars...
But to be fair, I have to acknowledge that disdain for the lower classes is not limited
to the rich. There's a library just down the street from me with a huge parking lot, well-screened with trees, and several people who've lost their homes had been working during the day and then parking in that lot at night to sleep in their cars.
The surrounding neighborhood is middle-class. It's exactly the kind of neighborhood these homeless people came from -- people of the same general character, probably working in some of the same companies. "There but for grace," y'know?
Yet some neighbors filed a complaint with the police, saying it made them nervous to have those people sleeping in their cars. They admitted there had been no trouble, no noise, no anything -- but it was unseemly,
and they wanted those people out.
Well, they're right -- it is
unseemly that working people have to sleep in their cars! But making it even harder
for them to pull their lives back together is not the solution.
It's as if there's this little club we all belong to, and as long as we can pay the dues, we're accepted. But fail to make that payment one month, and all of a sudden people don't know you, and don't want
to know you. You are defined by your three-bedroom-two-bath-two-car lifestyle, and if that lifestyle is lost, then your value as a human being is lost too.