Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lost Income

Well the result is final. With the new tax increase we have lost 250.00 a month out of our income. That is a lot of money when things are tight anyway. At this point I really don't know what I can do to stretch our income anymore than it is already stretched. I cook from scratch (mostly stuff we grow and raise here on the farm), we try to keep the power bill low, I don't go anywhere unless I have to and then I bundle trips, I make most all of our household things like soap,kitchen towels, handkerchiefs, etc. Really seriously we have very little left over at the end of the month as it is and now they are expecting us to live on even less. I am sorry but I have less and less sympathy for those that don't work and live off my dime. In fact, I am to the point of having no sympathy. In fact the very thought of someone getting a fancy hairdo and nail job while buying ribeyes and driving home in a cadillac escalade with 2000.00 specialty rims on it with my money makes me angry, very angry. I remember a time when my husband and I were first married and we made half the money we make now. We managed somehow on that tight budget to pay the bills and even go out to eat once a month. Back then if you had said we would make what we make now...we would have said we would live like kings or at least be able to save a bundle of money. Savings, hah! What we have in savings is a joke. My husband works hard and he works a lot of overtime. I work hard here on the farm and at odd little things that at one time I thought would build our savings account. I have health problems and still do more physical labor than most men in this country so that our family eats. I have heard all the excuses as to why someone can't work, but I have no sympathy. I simply see no reason that someone can't grow some food in pots or cut down on the junk food at the grocery store to help make ends meet. I know one woman who is a paraplegic, in a wheelchair. She is a teacher, lives in her own house, drives her own truck to work and takes care of herself. She has always made her own way. I know another that lives off of the taxpayers. She too is a paraplegic and sleeps all day and plays games on the computer all night. She lives with her great aunt who pays all the bills. This one spends mine and your money going shopping. She's a leach and frankly I wouldn't care if she starved to death. Not anymore. The first woman I would do anything in the world for, but she never asks for help. I was at her house one time and she had a fire going in the fireplace. I offered to bring in some more wood from the back porch for her and she said no she would get it and she did. If a man doesn't work then he doesn't eat and I have become a firm believer in that. Some may say it isn't a very Christian attitude to take. If not then so be it. I am angry and at this point I am tired of being used and abused.


Amy said...

I understand where you are coming from. My Rooster has got hit with the lovely new tax and he got a cut in hours. Ouch. Double punch.

We live in an apartment complex. Guys sit outside all day long and talk crap and smoke. Not one of them has a job. It makes me so mad. Their kids have brand new clothes (designer), they have new cars, and carry an amazing amount of groceries into the house. They can also go to the local churches and cry poor mouth and the churches give them more.

I know we are suppose to help our neighbors. But where is the line on sheer laziness?

mornings322 said...

I know how you both feel. I too am surrounded with people that do not work but have new cars, go on vacations a few times a year and have food on the table every day. A relative has been on welfare/social security since she was 18 years old. She did work for two years and then claimed that her body hurts. She now lives on SSI, (government income for those who haven't worked long enough to make it for disability) from 18 to the age of free and to boot her and her husband have a carpenter business on the side, tax free, under the table. They sale their medication that the government pays for and reap in hundreds of dollars from day she will get caught, if only the government would go back to checking up on people and make field visitation as they did many years ago. So much waste on those that say they can't and the doctors go along with them I hope that one day those that depend on social security that just don't want to work will have no checks to count on just like for when I retire there's doubt that social security will be there for me.

Kelle said...

I 100% agree Kat, but... you know we're cut from the same cloth( so to speak)LOL!!! I had a neighbor whining to me that her adult son( in his late 40's) who's been unemployed more than employed since we've lived here( 11yrs) and how he's so depressed he was going to have to cut back because his unemployment and disability were being cut off. She went on to say he had a cell phone( with all the do dads), digital TV, digital internet for all three of his computers, one of which has a screen that is 42", blah, blah blah is all I heard after all of that because I has fumes coming out my ears. I told her he had more than we did and both my husband, myself and daughter work our tails off to afford what we have and he's been unemployed and on disability for years now, something is wrong with that picture and he'd better learn the phrase work or starve, because that day was coming soon for him and the alike. I also assured her that if people like him came here and thought they were going to steal from us they were going to learn a really hard lesson, now if they wanted to come and work for something that's another story.

Keep hanging in there, what is pinching us so hard is the feed costs for our animals, but we're going to expand the garden and plant more root crops and animal friendly crops to help supplement our feed costs. Hay is what I'm worried about, first of all there is a shortage here and secondly because of the shortage it's selling for $200-$250 a ton. So we're cutting back on animals, just enough for our needs, maybe
some to sell, to help with feed costs*sigh* HUGS and hang in there, we're all feeling the pinch and the frustration.

Corinne Logan said...

Ladies, there will come a day when you and I will tire of working hard to pay for their lifestyle and we will quit working, collect unemployment until it runs out and then get welfare after that. It seems to be the way of the future - new cars, cool tattoos, smokes and drinks, vacations ... Really, can I just quit now and sign up?
Well, I think I have a couple more years, but if things don't change with the next election, I certainly may, just be done.