“Where are these conversations happening? Where are people talking about what it’s like to be educated or from a middle-class family or any other form of privileged and poor, at the very same time? If it’s happening, it’s likely to end when someone says, “Go get a job,” perhaps responded to in 140 passive aggressive characters, spewed quickly in the back of a coffee shop.”—
The recession has forced a lot of folks who thought they’d never be one of “those people” to go on government assistance. It’s made many people a lot more humble. But most of us don’t talk about it, because it’s a little embarrassing to admit that, despite having a college education and coming from a “nice” neighborhood and doing everything “right,” sometimes you still end up jobless and penniless.
A good friend of mine was on food stamps after we graduated from college because her 60+ hour/week job paid less than $11,000 per year. She was teaching and mentoring inner-city students. My sister went on food stamps after graduating from one of the Seven Sisters. She was waiting tables and studying for the MCATS. When I was unemployed in the latter half of 2010, I took my unemployment and went on a state program that gave me a discount on my gas bill.
So, yeah. This stuff is real and it happens. Conservatives love to push the idea that only lazy people don’t work, only bums get government assistance, that these programs only benefit people who don’t want to work. The truth is, these programs are feeding a lot of recent college graduates who are still suffering from the recession.
For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours;
For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.
And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias …
“One day, a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.”—J.D. Salinger (via musingsinfemininity)
I’m not sure if many of you have seen Leibner’s email or even know the situation that is going on at Carson High at this moment. I’m putting this up because I feel that this is something that ALL of his students should see. I feel, that without a doubt, a majority of students feel…