Re: The poor in America - How do they live?
When I stated that I had never filed for unemployment, I did NOT mean it as something to be 'proud' of doing. I just meant that I had never needed to file. As I said, I believe that about 2 weeks was the longest that I ever looked for a job before finding one. It was not like it is today. Jobs were scarce at times, but one could be found if you looked hard enough. I'm not certain about today's job market. It appears that openings for jobs are just not to be had. I hear of a job here and there, but most of the time it's in a larger city, instead of here in this smaller town.
I wrote quite a bit about past conditions; now, let me update a little. My daughter became disabled in late '08, and her husband has been on disability of several years. She applied for disability in early '09 and was turned down twice. Finally she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It's bad enough that the only times she has been out of the house during the last 18 months or so has been for doctors visits, ER, and one court date. They were on the verge of losing their home in early '10 after the phone was disconnected and threats to turn off the lights, water, and gas were being received. We saw a way to possibly save things by pooling our resources, so I moved in with them. Everything worked out wonderfully. We managed to pay all the back bills and have plenty to eat. Last June, my daughter was awarded disability and things have greatly improved. We added another bedroom and a handicapped bathroom; got enough parts together to build each of us a computer. I have my daughter's computer connected to the tv so she can watch tv or 'compute' using the tv as her monitor. About the only activities she had before was tv and word-find puzzles. This has really opened up a whole new world for her. We still don't have money to do a lot of the things that we would like to do; BUT, we're not going hungery, have good shelter, clothing, transportation, and each other. No, we're not 'poor', just a little finacially handicapped when it comes to buying some of the things that we 'want', not 'need'. Red