Friday, October 19, 2007

Life In The Real World Is Getting Harder

This is the truth that everyone knows except the Washington politicians. 

Let me rephrase that statement.

It's the truth that everyone except Washington acknowledges.  It's not that they don't know that the working class is struggling, it's that they simply don't care. 

After all how much can a working class person contribute to their re-election campaign?


an excerpt from:

Living paycheck to paycheck gets harder

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writer 

NEW YORK - The calculus of living paycheck to paycheck in America is getting harder

What used to last four days might last half that long now. Pay the gas bill, but skip breakfast. Eat less for lunch so the kids can have a healthy dinner.

Across the nation, Americans are increasingly unable to stretch their dollars to the next payday as they juggle higher rent, food and energy bills. It's starting to affect middle-income working families as well as the poor, and has reached the point of affecting day-to-day calculations of merchants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 7-Eleven Inc. and Family Dollar Stores Inc.

Food pantries, which distribute foodstuffs to the needy, are reporting severe shortages and reduced government funding at the very time that they are seeing a surge of new people seeking their help.

While economists debate whether the country is headed for a recession, some say the financial stress is already the worst since the last downturn at the start of this decade.

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