Observations on life

It’s like only “they” are responsible. 

How does this happen? Why does it happen?

Who is this “they” that is responsible for our social ills? They can’t seem to solve any problem no matter how much money is spent. They can’t seem to even understand what the problem may be. They continue to accept the shifting of blame. They easily find others to blame. 

Many times “they” are hiding in that mirror right in front of you. 

Judi Gorsuch has a degree in literature from Michigan State University. She worked as a flight attendant for 19 years, earning up to $40,000 a year, and spent a decade at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, making $12 an hour before her part-time position was cut.

Now Gorsuch, 74, lives in public housing near the Prudential Center and relies on her monthly $1,460 Social Security check and $400-a-month pension. Between rent and groceries and medical costs, Gorsuch says she’s lucky if she has any money left at the end of the month. When a new prescription for a bladder condition upped her expenses by $55 a month, she stopped filling it.

“I just decided to use Depends,” she said.

Gorsuch, who never married and has no children, is among nearly 300,000 Massachusetts residents age 65 and above whose incomes aren’t enough to cover basic necessities, according to the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index developed at the University of Massachusetts Boston. More than 60 percent of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second-highest rate in the country, behind only Mississippi. Among older adult couples, nearly 30 percent fall below the index’s target value — the ninth-highest rate in the nation.  SOURCE: Boston Globe 7-30-17

Pick up any paper or read articles online and you will see stories like the above. The New York Times recently had an op-ed that essentially blamed high death rates for pregnant women on the lack of birth control services. 

Medicaid pays for most of the births in the US.  The response is similar to this:

It also serves as a reminder of the high social cost of creating obstacles to affordable contraception access, which leads to a rapidly escalating unintended pregnancy rate for lower-income women. SOURCE XXFactor.com

The poverty rate has barely budged in fifty years. 

Public schools, especially in cities, are blamed in large part for income disparity between whites and minorities which remains unchanged in decades. 

If government programs alone could wipe out poverty, it should have happened by now. If citizens wanted top notch schools they would have them. If individuals don’t want to be pregnant, well you can figure that out. 

So, what’s the answer? Maybe less of “they” and more of I, me, and my. 

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  1. First I would like to say that I thought that Massachusetts was the model for Obamacare. I guess other places have higher drug costs? Second, that $1460 a month is like working 30 hours a week at $12/hr. Even if she worked full time it is over $8 / hr which is more than minimum wage. So what is the point of the article? People in Massachusetts and Mississippi did not save for living longer than they thought? How is that my problem? Are they expecting the taxpayers to bail them out?

    Sorry, I forgot. If the government bails out the banks, why not people too. After all we have welfare. Social Security was designed to “help” out in these kind of cases but so many believe it was suppose to be a pension that would leave them better off in retirement.

    Here is a tip, move out of high price Boston.

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