Now that the election is over, I don't watch the news quite as avidly as before, but I still turn it on in the morning to find out what happened overnight. Most of the news now seems to be on the dismal state of the economy and how it is getting worse and worse instead of better and better.
Welcome to my world! Since KidThree got shot, we lost our never-very-secure place on the economic food chain and fell right towards the bottom. The only reason we haven't fallen off the chain entirely is My Parents, without whom we would not have survived. It's a struggle down here. When I left my job, there was a reasonable chance of returning to work within several years, if KidThree's circumstances permitted. Now that chance is probably gone. This morning I heard on the local news that our large neighboring county's Board of Supervisors has had to cut several million more from the welfare department budget, this on top of severe cuts already made. I can't imagine how things are these days in those offices. There is a perception among some of the public that civil servants are lazy, impossible-to-fire leeches, but that isn't true. Oh, there are a few of those, but most welfare department employees work hard at what they do. The work is draining, dealing with people in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations, sometimes being able to help a little and other times not at all. Now, with the economy so bad and money so limited, more people than ever need help and there is less money to provide that help and fewer workers to process the requests. A truly vicious circle.
For us, things are marginally better now because I've finally started taking care of the babies. These first several months are just digging out of the hole, but next year we might actually approach solvency. For now, I don't drink milk much as it costs too much, and don't bake nearly as much as I used to (the cost of butter, eggs and chocolate being so high) and don't experiment much in the kitchen (experiments sometimes fail, meaning grocery money down the drain).
The reason I was watching the local news this morning was to look for info on a shooting yesterday evening. This one hasn't made the news yet. It always amazed me how many shootings happen in that large city down the freeway that never make the news, or that barely do. This one, we don't know if the victim is dead or not--it is likely that she is. That violence never seems to end. I wonder how many years it will have to take after Obama's inauguration for attitude changes to be felt by children in the 'hood?