I'm scared therefore I vent.
Poverty sucks. I've been MIA here because I've been engaged in my annual battle with bureaucracy. It isn't over yet but after yesterday's encounter, I'm feeling the full force of what the Republicans are doing to elders in this country. The worst part is that it isn't over yet and I doubt it will be pretty. At the rate things are going, groceries are becoming a luxury item and they've already cut that but it could well be on the block yet again as I have a review with those bureaucrats soon so we'll see. I haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do about it but I'm going to have to do something. As a result of yesterday's encounter, my rent expense went up $47 on top of having my food assistance cut by $100. All this because I received a $30 increase in my Social Security checks. It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to do the math on that.
I didn't bother to call my Tea Party congressman as talking to a wall isn't productive and just raises my blood pressure. I did call my State rep's office and, while his person was sympathetic, that was unproductive as was my call to my Senator, Sherrod Brown, who I know is on the side of the angels. His aide was sympathetic but clueless. Sooo this already skinny old gal is about to get skinnier. There isn't anywhere that I can cut anymore. I've raised stretching dollars to an art form but there really isn't anything left to cut except my Internet service and I'll starve before I do that.
None of this is going to help my health problems. If anything. it will make things worse. Stress has a nasty way exacerbating everything. It's already kicking in and my anxiety medication is being used more.
Back in the 60s Lyndon Johnson made history with his War on Poverty that has helped millions. Today, the Republicans are waging war on poverty but they want to kill poor people. And they call themselves Christians . . .
Here's a one minute video from 2008 that still works . . .
I'll be around to visit y'all later.