Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day

Today I am participating in blog action day .( )
This year's topic is poverty. Unfortunately, I think this topic hits close to home today as my dear friend's husband falls prey to nationwide "downsizing" and "cutbacks". And it makes me scared for us all how very close to the edge we all live. How one medical bill or one car repair or one major anything can send us all on this path. As a nation, I think we think of poverty as homelessness and starvation but I think we need to step back and see those are symptoms and even final stages of the disease so to speak. That it starts where most of us are right now, juggling bills and obligations and wrestling rising fuel, heating, and grocery costs. How poverty is being gifted to us as the trickle down from the nation's decisions. And with this trickle down, we find ourselves treading water just a little harder trying to keep afloat and all our balls in the air. Hoping that someone sees reason and eases up the vice on our budgets so that we can climb a few rungs higher than that bottom line. I still find it so very difficult to belive that in 2008 that we can still have such widespread poverty. That we have hunger and homelessness in this huge land of plenty. That we have money for guns, and wars, and bailouts but not for homes, and health, and food. So my hope that on this big blog action day, is that the folks in charge and about to be elected to be in charge, step back and look at what they have done and are doing and reach out to help those that really truly need it... and refocus their priorities on their own...

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