Speakout 5/18

Thursday, May 18, 2006

This is the to the 28 year old college educated person with the master's degree. You are not very smart. Minimum wage is not $6.50, it's $5.15, and there are more lower paying jobs than there are higher paying jobs if you pay attention. So somebody has to work the low minimum wage. Yes, it is tough. I have a decent job and I'm single. I still have a hard time making ends meet, but I'm not on government assistance. But if people need it, and they're working a job, there's nothing wrong with it. And no, I'm not for girls going out and getting themselves pregnant. They made a choice and they shouldn't receive anything.

The drought is over. There is water all over the place. You can now change your weather forecast and call off the rain.

Republicans, are you satisfied? In the last five years and four months we have gone in debt $8 trillion and it is increasing everyday by leaps and bounds. There have been 35,000 human beings killed and 50,000 wounded in Iraq for no reason. The price of gasoline and prescription drugs have gone through the roof and they're going higher. We have no homeland security and the illegal aliens are taking over our country. The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Osama Bin Laden is still free as a bird.

Mike, I just got through reading your article on raising rates on junk mail, not first class. Well, I'm in 100 percent agreement with that because my mailbox is full of junk mail everyday. What I do with some of this mail is when they send me an envelope with postage paid back, I put all that stuff that they send me in that envelope and I mail it back to them. After about twice, they'll quit sending that stuff to you. But one person, they called and ate me out because I sent it back about three times. That's what I do. I don't know of anything they can do to me for it. Maybe they can, maybe they can't. But anyway, I sure appreciated the article about the junk mail.

This is to all of you are all still calling in and griping about welfare recipients. To the one who said that all they should be able to get is peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, etc., sounds like to me you sure know your government commodities for some reason. And you know, some kids are allergic to that stuff and may want some meat in their diet. And to the other girl that says she doesn't care if you have a job that pays $6.50 an hour, kudos to you. Not everybody has the money to go to college or is smart enough to get a scholarship and they get out and break their backs at hard working jobs at less than $6.50 an hour I might add. And they pay taxes too. I don't understand why everyone is so against our government helping out people who do bust their butts everyday. Not everyone is so fortunate and they do need some help. The government is taking out taxes and I would rather my taxes go to keep a child from going to bed hungry. I believe the majority of people that get food stamps don't abuse them, but use them wisely. I don't get assistance, but I know people who do and they work hard. I don't see anything wrong with giving them a helping hand.

Is there anyone in the Sikeston area that installs above ground swimming pools professionally?

All of us live on a fixed income these days unless you are really, really rich. There are people in the world that can only afford the necessities. I'm talking about electricity, heat, food and medicine. They can't arrange their house, buy new curtains, new bedspreads, paint walls, put flowers out, things we take for granted everyday. It's really a fixed income. These things wouldn't be going on in their life. Only what they have to do to live. Be thankful you can. Quit complaining. It's just how you want to live. Think about the things you do in your daily life and just be thankful you have a roof over your head.

I agree with "Dirty Cleaning." Some families have two house keepers work weekly. When the house keepers leave, they go off to clean for friends and relatives. Also, odd jobs for others from time to time. Meanwhile, drawing SSI, food stamps, etc. When family members need glasses, diabetic supplies, breathing machines, one of them goes to the doctor, gets the equipment and gives it to the relative in need. This family grew up living off the system, generation to generation, and always will. Another case: man draws SSI, can't work, but runs a business. Government gave him a home. Yet, money made never reported to the government. The man has a friend and sister in his home. Gets medical card, stamps, owns house, properties, drives truck for company. Sister gets the same. Government supports all three. Money made never reported. Pays no child support, never has. Government supporting both generations because of this. It's who you know and how much you know on someone that gets you SSI or welfare in some cases.