No doubt some are feeling their financial pressures ease during what is politely called the latest 'recession,' but then there are those who line up at Walmart around midnight and offer us all a reality check
I seem to have run into a lot of people lately who, while not yet using food stamps, are feeling the middle-class crunch: A woman lawyer and her lawyer husband -- the former into estate planning, the latter into real estate; a phlebotomist whose husband's business took a hit so that now she is working full-time as a means of paying for kids and college; and a shop-keeper who is still surprised that, at 52, she has to work forty hours because her politician husband makes $67,000 a year and there are three kids and college payments. All of them, of course, are lucky to have some work when compared to those who can't find any, but the go-go years linger in their minds and wrinkle their faces.
It's not the Dust Bowl, but those worst hit seem to be flocking to the very Republicans who aided and abetted the current economic downturn. Short memory spans certainly assist those who lost so much a couple of years ago. Mid-term elections are a month away and the 9th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan will be noted tomorrow.
Where is the Zen in all this?ReplyDelete
Zen comes along as a welcome hand, resting, seated, once we can't stand, the noise of desire.ReplyDelete
"Where is the Zen in all this?"ReplyDelete
You mean it's missing?
Where is the Zen in all this?
itz roun' 'ere sumwhere.
Zen, not necessarily to be confused with "the" or an "a" of such, is nonparticularly where ever it is.
Which, in the all together sense, covers it.
Everything is Zen, and nothing is Zen. I think people flock to the Republicans despite their not caring much for the down-trodden because Americans by nature don't really pay attention to history, civics and politics too closely.ReplyDelete
So, you get people voting against their own best interests. Especially when social, wedge issues like homosexuality are throw into the mix to play on peoples' fears.
.....has anyone every thought that if the USA spent a little less on the great military (its lobbyists and contractors) the country would be a lot better off....and James, "not caring for the down-trodden" for the Baggers and Bigots (aka Republicans) that would mean "SOCIALISM"......God Forbid such heresy !!!ReplyDelete