Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Genmaicha and glee.

I am sitting drinking a cup of very strong genmaicha tea. It's not the pricey super good stuff but it's tasty.

So I've been reading about all these Congress people doing the "food stamp challenge".

First I applaud them for trying. However, some of what I've read is absurd.

I appreciate what they were trying to do but let's be realistic. It just isn't the same when you know you'll get real food at the end of the week. I don't think a week is enough. They need a month and should be given a small child or two, no car and a minimum wage job.

Then try.

I'd like to see more of these people who have probably never been truly poor have to live it for more than a week. When I say live it I mean being a missed day of work away from eviction, or having to bounce a check to pay the rent and eat. Losing a job. Poverty is not just being economically on the edge. Poverty is about having no choices. Or rather, having only bad choices to make.

Poverty is deciding whether to eat ramen for a week or skip a bill payment. Poverty is deciding between cold medication and paying that weeks child care bill in full. Poverty is being 5 dollars away from 0 and payday is still a week away.

Poverty is being demoralized demonized and left in the lurch at every turn.

It's not just not getting to buy organic apples at the Safeway.

I think the biggest component that the government is missing when it comes to talking about poverty is any actual visceral understanding of it. Yes they have their theories and probably see poor people all the time from a distance or up close for photo ops but, they do not have the knowledge in their guts. I think that is what it's going to take to birth any sort of massive change.

Anyway off the soapbox.

I really want to go thrifting right now. I've been looking at outfit posts on Fatshionista and goddamn it I want new spring/summer clothes. I blame a lady who looks fucking fantastic in vintage clothes. Well I blame her today anyway. I WANT.

However that is not to be anytime soon because I am fucking poor and have to eat.

Enough for now. I am going to stalk the LJ for some more deals. I still have a few dollars.


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