Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day Five

"Name something you want to change or have changed about the world."

        Poverty. Famine. Human trafficking. The fact that it's easier to buy a gun than it is to get mental health care. {"You don't need therapy or anti-depressants! Just go buy a gun and blow your brains out!"} The current financial situation the United States is in. One percent of the population owns and controls 99% of the nations money? That's a problem. {Note: I don't know what the actual numbers are, but I do know that the top 1% has more than everyone else, and way more than they actually need.}
        Please don't misunderstand me. I am all for hard work and earning living wages, but the problem is that a lot of people don't make enough to live on, even when said job is really fucking hard. {I never did, even with an A.A.S degree. Hell, I know more people who didn't go to college who make more money that I ever made.}
        Daycare is also not cheap. In a two parent household, sometimes one parent only works to pay for daycare, which is totally pointless if you ask me. You might as well just stay home and spend time with your kid if your wages are that low.  Or, work part time and have your child in daycare part time, so you have a chance to get out of the house and be with people your own age, and your child gets used to a classroom atmosphere and gets to socialize with people their own age. But only if the benefits out weigh the costs. 
       I personally believe that daycare should be like public schools, paid for with taxes, or free completely, because then more single parents would be able to work and use their money for rent, clothes, food, etc, and less people would be on benefit programs like HUD or SNAP or Cash Assistance {which are also funded by taxes!}.  
        Rent is not cheap either {even where we live, and the next step down from a trailer is a cardboard box}.  Don't get me wrong, this place was cheaper than any other place we looked at, but because we live in the suburbs {the inner city is pretty dangerous} in a town, there are more taxes and everything is slightly more expensive than if we lived in the city.
        That being said, and as much as I want things like famine and human trafficking to end, I would also like everyone alive -  not just in the US, but the entire world - who is able to work, to be able to find a job that pays them a living wage. I am aware that NYS has just raised minimum wage to $8 an hour, which is a step in the right direction, however, $8 an hour is not a living wage.  If you worked 40hrs a week at $8 an hour, that is $320, BEFORE taxes.  $1,280 a month before taxes.  After taxes, you're probably only looking at $800-$900 a month.  Last time I checked, most apartments cost around that, some even more. How is someone supposed to LIVE on that? Especially when most CEO's make $20K AN HOUR.  
        Things need to change. People need to stop hoarding money. Stop the belief that money is more valuable than human life. Because it's not. Money is nothing more than a necessary evil we need to live in the world.  
        I just wish there were another way ... 

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