Earlier today, John McCain’s top economic advisor, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm, described the current recession as being “mental” and that we, as Americans, had “sort of become a nation of whiners.”
So, when I filled up my husband’s hybrid and the total was $59, (the most I’ve ever paid for gas), I guess the shock was just in my head.
When I now spend over $200 a week for food for a family of four, I’m just kinda imagining what a total bummer it is.
But I’m one of the lucky ones…I can afford food and gas. In Oregon, 19% of all adults with children are at the poverty level, over 350,000 people. Today in Oregon, nearly 2,000 more people are unemployed than a year ago. Nearly 4,000 more people in Oregon are on food stamps. And there are 6,700 fewer jobs available in the state than there were a year ago. I’m probably just whining when I talk about these statistics, though.
And there’s more. Families USA estimates that over 20% of Oregonians have no health insurance. Of that 20%, one person A DAY died because of lack of insurance. Yes, one Oregonian a day died because he or she could not afford to go to the doctor.
But, you know, it’s probably just all in their head. They were all probably just a bunch of whiners.