9.05.2020

No. This is NOT just like the Great Depression. And the fact that you think it is shows how stupid and uneducated and entitled you are. AND...please read the Ant and the Grasshopper.

 

 

This is an article I read this morning - originally in the New York Times - it's long so you can read the whole thing there if you want.  Here is a good piece of it - and the BOLD text is mine.

I found myself pissed off reading this.   

These are people that were making up to $100K a year.  People driving BMW's and Mercedes.  People who admit they were spending tons of money on vacations, cars, and 'buying the kids whatever they wanted'.  And now they are whining because they have no money for food.   

They want free food, they are pissed because they haven't gotten another stimulus check yet (free money) and people need to be giving them all the free monies and foods because quote, "it's hard."


YOU should have been preparing YOUR family to get through hard times when you were blowing all your money on cars, vacations, clothes, private elite schools and everything else they mentioned in the article.  It's NOT THE GOVERNMENTS JOB TO GIVE YOU FREE SHIT.


When America was founded, the people immigrating here had to go through an interview process that not only included a medical exam to make sure they were healthy, but they had to show they had money in their pocket to care for themselves.  The amount of money on them was entered into a column along with their skills, their age, sex, family members and where/who they would be staying in America.  From the very start, America was founded by people who were independent and it was never, ever the intention that the government would give you 'free money' 'free food' 'free housing' 'free medical' 'free childcare' 'free college education' or free anything. It's NICE of the government to step in and help but that's not what our founding fathers intended.  They were to 'lead' the country - not support it.

These people apparently also never read or heard Aesop's Fables.  The Ant and the Grasshopper.  This lesson has been around for 2500 years.  You would think people would I don't know, learn by now????

 But... more on that in a minute. FIRST - the article.  Or parts of it.

"....This is America: a family crammed in a minivan driving mile after mile across San Diego County, first to one food giveaway and then to another and then to more.
To Mary’s Donuts, in rustic downtown Lakeside, for day-old chocolate frosted, maple-and-bacon glazed and pastries the size of catcher’s mitts.
Sixteen miles west to Jewish Family Service for big, fresh mangoes, boxes of hard-boiled eggs, cheese and lamb stew. Another 20 minutes south to the Ocean Discovery Institute for diapers and school supplies. To the Salvation Army for bottled water, oatmeal, a cake. All of it piled high into the back.
Since the coronavirus pandemic upended her life and so many others’, Alexis Frost Cazimero has spent most days this way, gathering food for her four children as well as neighbors in need. She pulls her packed silver Volkswagen van alongside the BMWs and Mercedeses as they edge their way through the long, snaking food lines. Where else but America can luxury and poverty get so close together that, in essence, they become one?
“I want people to understand, the face of the needy is different now,” said Cazimero, who has joined a new class of Americans who never imagined they would have to take a spot in a modern-day bread line. “Just because I have a car doesn’t mean I have enough money to buy food.”
The pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of success for millions of Americans: material markers of outward stability, if not prosperity, but next to nothing to fall back on when times get tough.
In long conversations around the country in August — at kitchen tables, in living rooms and in cars during slow-moving food lines with rambunctious children in the back — Americans reflected on their new reality. The shame and embarrassment. The loss of choice in something as basic as what to eat. The worry over how to make sure their children get a healthy diet. The fear that their lives will never get back on track.
There was the family in Jackson, Mississippi, that relied on a local food bank over the summer, even though before the pandemic they had been making almost six figures a year. That is a nice living in a place like Jackson, and it got them a house in the leafy Belhaven neighborhood, a Chevy Suburban and beach vacations to Florida.
These days she has become an armchair therapist to friends who feel ashamed at not being able to afford enough food; a logistics specialist in how she navigates the schedules of all the pantries in San Diego County; and a food procurer and distributor to the needy, even as she is needy herself.
‘The Great Depression With Minivans’
When historians look back on our pandemic-stricken times, there will perhaps be one indelible image that captures the attention of future generations: the endless lines of cars across the country filled with hungry Americans.
“I call it the Great Depression with minivans,” said Terry McNamara, who on a recent morning was behind the wheel in a line of cars, their trunks opened as they wound through the parking lot of Parma Senior High School in a working-class suburb of Cleveland that was once America’s fastest-growing city.
With his daughter, Laura Horsburgh, and five grandchildren along for the ride, McNamara, 74, drove his car through the procession as it moved along with military precision. At each station a coach or a teacher or even the principal loaded up the trunk with milk, or fresh produce from local farms — sometimes plump tomatoes or corn on the cob — or boxes of soup and lentils and cans of tuna. How much food one got depended on how many children were in the car. At the last stop, inside the school’s auto repair shop, volunteers offered watermelons and storybooks — Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears.
“The kids love to go and see what is new,” Horsburgh said.
 As painful as the summer was, as difficult as it became for so many families to afford decent food, the situation could get worse, especially with unemployment benefits drying up for many people and Washington unable to agree on a new stimulus package. Then there is the virus itself: It could surge back in the fall and shutter businesses again, putting more people out of work and into the food lines.
“We had nothing to worry about,” she said. “We had savings. We were saving up to put a down payment on a house. We took a couple vacations a year. The kids got whatever they wanted.”

“You could grit and grind as a 19-year-old, until you get to 25 or 30, and you’re finally getting there,” said Johnson, the head of the charity in Memphis. “But at 30, 40 years old now you are trying to start over again? How are you going to do that? It’s hard.

 This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


Comments I said to my computer while I was reading........
  • Yep. Free donuts. That's important enough to drive across town for.
  • Volkswagon, BMW. Mercedes.  I'm supposed to feel sorry for you?  You say "Just because I have a car doesn't mean I have enough money to buy food."   Because that Mercedes is/was more important that food to you obviously.  Priorities - personal responsibility - maturity - common sense.
  • Making six figures a year and yet you have no food.  GAH.  You make me sick.
  • You SHOULD be ashamed.  I know social media tells everyone 'everything' is ok now and no one should feel ashamed of anything.  You are a druggy?  Been in prison? Beat your kids?  Can't keep a job? Blow 100K a year with nothing to show for it?  Oh... you've just made bad choices, you shouldn't feel ashamed.  YES YOU SHOULD.  Because being ashamed for your behavior is what makes you change!  And yes... you do need to feel ashamed for things.
  • Study the TRUE 'Great Depression' please.  THIS IS NOT AT ALL LIKE THE GREAT DEPRESSION.  People in their fucking Mercedes having to wait in a food line is NOT comparable to what America went through during the Great Depression and your entitled, uneducated 20-something snowflake attitude shows through strongly here that you would even try to reinvent history by comparing this to it.
  • So this guy loads up as many kids as he can so he can get more food.  Do the kids just get tossed into the next relatives car so they can do the same?  Scamming the system of free food by loading up as many kids as you can into your car.  Nice.
  • ... and it's your own fault.




The Ant and the Grasshopper

Read it here as well:  Link


One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.

"What!" cried the Ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"

"I didn't have time to store up any food," whined the Grasshopper; "I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone."

The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.

"Making music, were you?" they cried. "Very well; now dance!" And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.





***Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE.