“..It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under..” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five ‘The Message’
I knew something was horribly wrong with this country when a man robbed a bank for the sum of 1$; because he thought it was the only way he could get access to life saving medical treatment.
I have learned not to ask the question; ‘can things get any worse’. Because just when I think we’ve hit the societal rock bottom and the suffering of our fellow citizens can’t get any worse…something else happens.
You may have heard of the woman who took a Texas Social Service office hostage and later shot her two children and then shot and killed herself. The papers said she was upset at her application for food stamp assistance being held up; but most likely and more importantly, she had not been able to properly feed her children for some time. In this the richest nation on earth, children go hungry and children are homeless and children suffer all manner of injustice. When parents are reduced to feeling powerless to care for their own children; we have yet again passed a dangerous milestone. Another canary has died in the mines.
No doubt, many will say this woman was unstable and I don’t think it unreasonable to believe that she was. I don’t know how stable I would be given her circumstances. And the fact that she may or may not have been unstable should NOT override this one simple fact; this tragedy did not happen in a vacuum.
You may be interested to learn that Wal Mart the retail giant notorious for paying workers so low a wage that they qualify for public assistance, notorious for negotiating with cities to pay no income tax into the treasury, notorious for buying property at below market value and then paying no property tax for years upon years; this same Wal Mart makes so much money from citizens using food stamps that they factor it into their business models.
This is what living in a Predator State looks like; tax breaks and special favors for rich individuals and multi-billion dollar transnational corporations; contempt and disdain for the working class.
So many of us across the country have been sounding the alarm about these canaries dying in the mines for a long time now; I can only conclude that we need to get louder; much louder.