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The economy, Wal-mart and food banks...

September 23rd, 2010 at 09:13 am

I thought this was particularly poignent:
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/09/20/watching-walmart-a...

I have been thinking about the economy a lot lately. My spirits are sinking, thinking the U.S. has reached its peak and is now on a precipitous decline from its status as a world leader and rich nation.

I don't want to argue politics here. I will just say other countries seem to be moving ahead and we are pedaling backwards. China just launched the most high-tech submersible so they can claim minerals from the sea floor, while we are here arguing over who deserves health insurance. Really?

I wonder what kind of future my children are going to have. We aren't rich, but I fear they will be worse off and have fewer opportunities than we have had. I hate feeling like this.

This is in part exacerbated by the fact that many of our friends have been ;aid off recently, and most have been looking for months for jobs an have nothing.

I am heading to Aldi today to pick up a few things, and while I am there, I am putting together a food box for an unemployed neighbor. This is the second friend we have done this for in the past month. A sad economic indicator, if you ask me. But on the bright side, I think America needs more neighborliness. We need to bring back the idea that we should take care of each other. I don't know how we lost that.

5 Responses to “The economy, Wal-mart and food banks...”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Kudos to you! What an excellent idea. Smile I agree on losing neighborliness. I am missing that these days after always having that growing up. I was taught to share with those around me, no matter what. It's just what you do.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Great minds think alike! I read this article last weekend, and included parts of it in my blog. I find the Wal-mart news both scary and daunting.

    I love your box idea. Does your neighbor know you're doing this? We've got friends who recently lost their jobs, and I'm not sure quite how to handle it.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    No, she doesn't know. There is a fine line between helping and hurting peoples' pride. You don't want them to feel like charity cases. I'm not sure how to go about this one. The last box, there was also a temporary disability involved, so I gave them a ton of food, under the guise of "I'm sure you don't feel like going to the store." and "people did this for me when I was pregnant," etc.

    I plan to include some tomatoes from my garden and some of the tomatoes that I canned, but that is all she knows about.

    Oh, and as for your friends, I find it best to help where it's needed. It's just in the last two cases, groceries are what they are having trouble with.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Who would not welcome those garden tomatoes? What a sweetie you are....Besides food, I think here I can still anonymously put down money on utility bills for someone if I only have the address. Some places you need to have the person's account number in order to make a payment....I fell asleep last night thinking about how few of my neighbors I know really. Sad.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    Huh. I will look into that Joan. My hunch though is you need the account number... I decided on food because I know that is where the need is. She is diabetic, so that can be a little spendy, and after bills, there isn't anything left of her unemployment check for food.

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