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Monday, January 02, 2006

Balancing the Budget

I started to leave a response to Julian in the comment box but changed my mind. Here it is.

Hi Julian. My oldest great-granddaughter receives SSI (cerebral palsy). We got a letter a few days ago saying that the state of CA wasn't letting the Feds pay her normal annual increase.

It's just a few dollars and we can survive without it but what about the people for whom SSI or Social Security Retirement is their only income? The cost of living certainly doesn't stand still.

We're right where many Americans are today. Not poor enough to qualify for aid but low enough income so every month leaves us holding our breath. My husband goes without some of his medication. We're still trying to wade through the Federal prescription drug plans. I'm not stupid but I'm lost. Sometimes I think they planned it that way.

Balancing the budget on the backs of the poor is evil. Making people choose between food and medicine is obscene. 2006 is coming up fast and we need to get to work. I'm lucky enough to live in a state with two Democratic Senators and our local Representative, Dennis Cardoza, is a Democrat. He's not as good as I'd like on financial issues (he's chair of the "blue dogs" in Congress) but he's okay and better than the alternative. Boxer is wonderful; Feinstein unpredictable but usually does the right thing at the last minute.

I spend a lot of time when I'm not taking care of kids writing letters and attending meetings. It's like bailing out the ocean with a teaspoon but it beats doing nothing at all.

Thanks for the comment. Keep coming back.

Ann

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  • At Wednesday, January 04, 2006 7:58:00 PM , Blogger JBlue said...

    Ann, I missed this one until just now. Anyway, I'm sorry to read about your great-granddaughter. I agree with you; it is evil to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor." We have had some very rough years lately after my husband was laid off and then unemployed, followed by a period of underemployment (we are surrounded by Republicans here in the midwest, who tell us it's not fair to blame the Shrub administration for any of this). We have two small children. Although I teach part-time at the college level, I don't have certification to teach in the public schools (the only place I could get a full-time job around here). I've gone back to school for certification, so things are really tight, BUT there's light at the end of the tunnel for us, as they say. Still, I know what it is to worry and scrape to get by. Let's hope 2006 brings the opportunity for change!

     

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