I'm a liberal. A bleeding heart/save the environment/War is the most useless destruction of life/Marriage Equality/Program Champion I know.
But every once in a while I want to take some of my brethren and shake the every loving shit out of them when they can't get it together and end up blaming conservatives for it.
So is the case of Horace Boothroyd III on Daily Kos. He asks this question to conservatives:
That is a really good question in all reality. 710.00 a month would not get you into most rental storage lockers in Los Angeles.
Before I even clicked onto this my liberal sensibilities got the neck hairs standing up on end. "DAMN RIGHT" I thought to myself on what in god's name are you supposed to cut out when your life has taken a horrible turn for the worst and you are making that little amount of money a month.
I should have never opened the link.
He gives his laundry list of what he is spending his $710 a month on. I'm thinking it is going to be the usual things: Rent with Utilities. Food. Toiletries. Medical. A phone. These are the base things that are needed in my mind. A roof over my head no matter where the hell it is via mercyhousing.org Enough money to walk to the .99 cent store to buy food, toilet tissue, soap, and shampoo. Money saved aside in case I have to go to an Emergency Free Clinic. A phone for Emergencies.
Why did I open this link?
I was expecting a debilitating illness that bumps up that Medical, once again agreeing that Universal Healthcare is a needed thing not only for him but for ALL AMERICANS and there would be no way in hell he would be able to cut basic cost.
The worst mistake I have ever done was to open this damn link.
But I did.
I opened the link to see his laundry list of the things he can't think of cutting. I got angry. Really angry. I don't wish to assume anything on this man who has fallen in on hard times. I looked at his list. I wanted to go to his home and shake him. He is still trying to live like he making more than 710.00 a month and he does not even realize it.
He asks what could be cut. Well darling, as a liberal...here you go:
YOUR PHONE: He pays 35.00 a month. Why are you paying 35 bucks a month for a phone when there are pay as you go plans? I have a phone. It's a pay as you go. The most I put on it at the start is 35.00 From there I use it for checking my email/texting and phone. I still have money on it. I charge it up ten bucks at a time.
Sir. You are still using your phone like you are making more than 710.00 a month. Please stop that until you make more. That phone is for emergencies.
YOUR INTERNET: Really? 45 dollars a month for internet. Here is a trick. Your phone gets internet too. Put a little more money on it and use that. That cost is gone.
Here is another trick: Some internet in areas are open for you. This includes libraries and government centers. that is free. Walk to it. It's not convenient to blog at a free library connection onto Daily Kos? But you don't have that luxury.
You are on the internet like you are making more than 710.00 dollars a month. Please stop that until you make more. Your internet use is to hopefully find resources to get you the things you need. Like a better job if you can do that (depending on what sort of medication you are taking).
YOUR ANIMAL: This is going to sound really, really horrible but its a horrible fact of life when you are only making 710 a month: *You just cannot have an animal.* Give your animal to a loved one to take care of. Give your loving animal to a good home that you can also visit. If you are living on 710.00 a month, your first big concern is YOU EATING before you take care of an animal to feed it.
You are trying to take care of another life like you are making more than 710.00 a month. Stop loaning money from people to take care of your animal and let them take care of that animal for you until you get back on your feet.
YOUR HYPO ALLERGENIC TOILETRIES: .99 Cent store. My god. Go to the .99 cent store. My husband also has sensitive skin. There is a huge section of Hypo Allergenic products in the .99 cent store. Believe it. THERE IS. Because this is where we shop.
If you can't do that, there are RESOURCES for you that donate these items to you if you need them. There is also this amazing thing called "Samples" You stock up on Samples.
I'm not telling you to scratch yourself out of existence. I'm just saying you are making 710.00 a month. The last thing you should be doing is heading out and buying full price Perricone Products. Dig through the .99 store products. It's amazing what you will find.
I'm not saying you are as bad as some people in my life who are in complete denial regarding why they are in a constant state of not being able to figure out their finances when they spend their Friday nights trying to pretend they are fancy high rollers, buy things they should not even have and has no idea what that big gadget with the fire coming out of the four holes with the grates in the kitchen is and instead spend money dining or ordering food on the internet connection they cannot afford.
I'm not comparing them to you. But you are in denial here. There are things you can actually cut. Please do that.
Oh. AND YOU ARE WELCOME FROM ONE NOT RICH LIBERAL TO ANOTHER.
I hope you get back on your feet again, Horace.
Also. I really hope Daily Kos paid you for your blog.
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