Monday, September 27, 2010

Up Against the Wall, Mutha!

I swear, in my 51+ years, I've never seen things get this bad. To get a glimpse of a worse state, you'd have to ask people in their 70's or 80's what it was like in the Great Depression. The two epochs, our and theirs, compare favorably if "favorably" can be used in that context.

Our own government, the non-partisan Census Bureau, told us this month that about 44,000,000 of us are living at or below the poverty line. The Dept. of Labor said early this month that unemployment climbed to 9.6% with no end in sight. We're hearing from other organizations that the top executives of the 50 companies that shed the most jobs took home bigger salaries and bonus packages than ever. And continuing the Bush tax cuts for these same people is half the GOP's campaign platform.

It could be plausibly said that the only thing that keeps us from rioting on Wall Street and Pennsylvania Ave. is hunger and distracted desperation to find any work.

Mrs. JP and I are just two people who fell through the cracks. We're both skilled, hard-working people who'd much rather make our own way the way we're expected to. Yet the system's not cooperating. The MA DET's official website has been either down or slowed considerably since yesterday and I'm not getting the final check from my 12 week federal extension. Even with both of us drawing unemployment, we were pulling in less than $300 a week, which is insufficient for rent, food, car insurance, internet, gas, electricity, gasoline and whatever comes up.

Anything you guys could do would literally make all the difference this month. We're still about $300 short just for the rent that's due on Friday, which is the $300- we should have gotten by tomorrow. We're doing everything we can. Last Friday, we drove as far out as Concord, about 20 miles east of us, looking for work to no avail. Temp agencies call me for my resume, I give it to them then they don't call me back. Either people aren't hiring or the 9.6% unemployment rate gives them an excuse to shrink their strike zone down to the size of a molecule.

We really do want to be self-sufficient and to start paying it forward. We could cut down on our living expenses by going to the local food banks. But we've avoided them out of both pride and the realization there are other others who are hurting worse than us. But this is the closest we've come to facing actual eviction and there aren't even any homeless shelters in the area.


At September 28, 2010 at 7:43 AM, Anonymous Ruth said...

Swallow your pride and go to a charity like the local church assistance ministries, that's what they're there for, and why folks contribute to them. but I did send along a bit, anyway.

At September 28, 2010 at 8:42 AM, Anonymous Annie said...

How can I help with rent?

At September 28, 2010 at 8:52 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...


If you look at the upper right hand corner of this page, you'll note a Paypal button. Click on it and let the system guide you.


Thanks much. You're an angel.

At September 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM, Anonymous Annie said...


Just gave. Hope it helps...


At September 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM, Blogger Yve said...

I came here from BJ. I don't know why, but your appeal hit some special spot, so I have donated too. I hope things go well for you and your wife.

At September 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Anyone who remembers the Great Depression would have to be at the very least 80. After ca. 1935, things were clearly on the mend, so if you assume that people can remember stuff after age 5, they would have had to be born in 1930. The Depression generation was really those people who were 15 and older in 1932. Those folks are in their nineties.

I'm deeply sorry about your personal experience with the Great Recession. I've been sending every dime I can to efforts to get us out of this mess and to help people survive in the meantime. I hope some of it will land on your dinner plate. Prayers coming your way, jp.


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