Endless Argument

Why does it always come down to money? Even my parents never struggled this much! They had four children and my Grandmother, which is seven. Things continually go up, but at this rate the whole world will end up bankrupt! If they’re not taxing us like crazy, they’re taking away perks and subsidies. Jobs are scarce and people are finding their once lucrative stash of cash is just about gone. The failing housing industry did that to us, along with millions of other Americans. We had our houses as our safe haven of cash. We were lured into believing our homes were savings accounts … or nearly as good as. Gasoline prices keep going up, up, up. The price of food is ridiculous. I cannot fathom the idea that chicken wings, once neglected (good for me as they were my favorite pieces of chicken) and shunned pieces are now over $6.00 for a package of 6-8 wings! A pound of butter is $4.00 and the  cheaper foods they keep pushing are pastas which are usually on sale … but they will make you fat, if eaten disproportionately. It’s enough to make me want to holler. Marvin Gaye sang that in one of his hit songs. It’s was true then, but it is scary now.

Then there is the fact that every time I turn on the water faucet, there is a peculiar odor. There is salt and sugar in just about everything and one day they say this will cause cancer, then they retract their findings and tell us something else will make us ill. The commercials are either about very fast zoom-zoom-zoom cars or all of the negative side effects of their prescriptions that they are forever pushing on us. I say US folks, because we’re in this together. We don’t just have a thunder-storm anymore … we have high winds, tornadoes, life-threatening lightening and baseball-sized hail. Flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and nuclear melt-downs. It’s enough to make you want to jump off the edge of the planet.

Why does it usually boil down to money … or more correctly, to the lack thereof? Most Americans (not the wealthy ones) but the regular people work hard, make good money, and yet the average citizen is scrambling to make ends meet. It is a sorry fact that this causes undue stress on our health and our families and we are no longer living, we are just trying to survive! Most people do not have extra cash. Most people are trying like hell just to make it to the next payday. This is the biggest paycheck-to-paycheck society I have yet to witness. Heck! I’m a part of it.

Why does it always boil down to money? Could be they need to get rid of it completely and build a society like that of the futuristic show, Star Trek. Everyone there had food, shelter, clothing and balanced lifestyles. I don’t know how we’re going to fix this, but we need to do something logical, helpful, peaceful and quickly. Our country is in trouble and we as a people need to look out for one another. We need to believe in the American Dream again. Make products in America. Build plants, put people to work making clean energy. We need to wake up.

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About Theresa H Hall

As a professional vocalist. licensed broadcaster, artist, published poet, lyricist, writer, essayist, critic, animal lover and budding pastr View all posts by Theresa H Hall

8 responses to “Endless Argument

  • DBSandman

    That says it all, and well said as usual

  • DBSandman

    PS, I assume the picture of the pile of money was made in your basement LOL

  • timethief

    Food prices have soared to record highs and are projected to increase further in the coming decade, pushing millions of people into hunger and fueling political unrest. But diversifying food production to include local and indigenous vegetables can help communities boost their self-sufficiency and protect vulnerable populations from price shocks. Contributing author Abdou Tenkouano points to the benefits of a “revolution of greens” in Chapter 3 of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet. Read: Chapter 3 Brief: The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables http://tinyurl.com/4qdt8by

    What we North Americans must own up to is the facts that we elected governments who chose to put family farmers out of business claiming they were not cost – effective. Then they subsidized factory farms owned by or contracted to multi-national corporations. And our insatiable demands for exotic foods that are not produced where we live became the demand that drove the market supplying us with foods that have tremendous travel costs.

    Frankly, I not as concerned about the cost of food prices in North America as I am about the millions the world who starve to death every year. Clearly our mental set must change and at an international level we must address these inequities with compassion and common sense.

  • Theresa H Hall

    TiTi, thanks for the link. I’ll look at it tomorrow over my coffee.

    We certainly need to wake up and take stock of what we have and how utterly dependent we are on others for our food. It is quite frightening. I’m going to have to learn about growing my own foods. Perhaps an indoor greenhouse with plant grow lights?

  • timethief

    As part of the war effort, the government rationed foods like sugar, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, meat and canned goods. Labor and transportation shortages made it hard to harvest and move fruits and vegetables to market. So, the government turned to its citizens and encouraged them to plant “Victory Gardens.” They wanted individuals to provide their own fruits and vegetables.

    Nearly 20 million Americans answered the call. They planted gardens in backyards, empty lots and even city rooftops. Neighbors pooled their resources, planted different kinds of foods and formed cooperatives, all in the name of patriotism.

    It would be wonderful to see such a moevment happeing again. We can all grow a protion of our own food not only in traditional in the ground gardens but also on windowsills, balconies, decks, rooftops and in public places and spaces. If we go this direction we can do much to reduce the cost of food and to increase our connnectedness to the land and to each other.

  • PhotoDiction

    It would be nice if there were more co-ops and more emphasis on locally grown foods. Encouragement for people maintaining their own vegetable gardens. Maximum prices set for basic necessities. But I fear that’s a utopian view.

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