Since the current election cycle seems to focus on pigs, lipstick and other critters, these stories about two of the pit bulls in my life.
Yesterday, the Mystery Woman was talking with the guy down in Texas who voluntarily helps her with her modest retirement accounts. At work, he’s the lone Democrat in an office of 32 Republican financial advisers.
When Bush was first elected president, our friend challenged two co-workers: “OK. Republicans control the White House and the Congress. Let’s see what you can do.”
Eight years and two Bush terms later, he asked: “What happened?”
His co-workers grinned: “Are you making more money than you were?” His reaction? "The man on the street might be hurting because I am making more money." Fallout, you see.
True story. For these Republicans financial gurus, making money is more important than anything else. How calloused.
The next story comes from my sister, who volunteers at a food bank in a small Central Texas town.
Yesterday, three women came to the food bank on their lunch break - they work full time and can't feed their families. Read that again, please. They work full time and still cannot afford to feed their families.
The facility has lots of bread but no tuna or peanut butter - almost no protein. A church brought 28 lbs of red beans and there were only 6 bags left at the end of the day.
One grandmother said, "I have exactly $42.15 to last the rest of the month and I haven't paid my car insurance."
Burnet County, Texas, has about 4,700 residents. The Food bank serves around 900 individuals and 300 families. That’s up 20% over last year. By June of this year, they had served more people than last year.
You get the point.