Ok, I just want to warn you, this will be a rant. You can turn back now.......Readers beware...........
Ok, I warned you. If you decide to keep reading, read at your own risk.
Sunday night me and Hubby watched Dateline on NBC. Normally I don't watch it, but I figured there was nothing else on. Dateline was airing a show about the poor in this economy. To be exact, the poor in southern Ohio and the Appalachia Mountains. Well, this is where I live, eastern Kentucky. I know of the area that they were talking about. It is only 1 1/2 hrs drive from my house. To some 1 1/2 hours is a long distance, but to us around here who drive that far just to go out to eat, it's nothing . (Believe me, everyone does it.) On this tv program, they were talking about how poor people were and how they had to depend on a food pantry so that they could eat. They also showed how a family of 4 was living in a camper. (Oh, get ready, there's more.) There were (I'm not sure exactly the number) 11 or 14 people living in one house, because they had all lost their place to live. And then, to top it off, they threw in a young mother of 3 who lived in her van.
I'm sure there were a lot of people who were sitting on the edge of their seat, with a tissue in hand, dabbing at the tears that were rolling down their face. Not me. I was furious at these people. If you lived around here you would understand why. There is a lack of work ethic! No one wants to work!(Gerneralizing) They want everything to be giving to them. Where I live, McDonald's is always hiring. Wal-Mart is too. I know that they are not high paying jobs, but, they are jobs. On a lot of the corners there are people with signs that read, "Will work for food." or" Homeless please help" I have a friend that has his own business. He asked someone holding one of those signs if they wanted a job working at his plant. They said," No. They made more money holding their signs".
Priorities are wrong. Some people(I am just generalizing)don't want to better themselves. As long as they can get a four wheeler or their cigarettes, they are happy. They don't want a nice house. I've seen people living in campers with no water or sewer but they will have them a nice four wheeler or a sporty car. I just don't get it.
The couple that lived in the camper for example, the man wore a thick gold necklace around his neck. The last time I looked, there were people all over the place wanting to buy gold. The lady wore fake nails! Now come on!!!!! I KNOW how much those things cost. $20 to $40 every 2 to 3 weeks. Priorities people!!!
When they started to show the house that all of those people lived in, I was amazed. It was FILTHY! It had pizza boxes on the floor and counter tops. There was trash all over the floor. Broken toys stuffed in behind recliners. People, it doesn't cost anything to be clean! And with 11 or 14 people not working, I'm sure it's not because you don't have any help. Oh, and another thing, clean your kid's face!
The young lady who was living in her van with three kids,she said she had her first child when she was a jr in high school. Then she had a kid every year after that. (remember, she has 3 so far) Anne Curry asked her if she had been taught about birth control. She said,"Yes, but accidents happen." Now, I know they do. I'm not putting down anyone who has had a child by accident. But three times? I don't want to jump to any conclusions here, but the young girl had bad teeth. Around here we all know that if you have bad teeth and are young, there is a high possibility that you are on drugs. (They rot your teeth) That would explain a lot. They said that sometimes she can stay with her grandmother. But, relationships with her family were strained. HELLO! As the program was going off, they said that she had been arrested for domestic violence against one of her babies daddies.Please.
Now I will help anyone who truly needs help. I know they are out there. And I have a soft spot for them. We have givin cars to people just because they needed a way to get back and forth to work. But, "work" is the key word. Don't just sit around and expect me to do all of YOUR work. I will help people that help themselves, or(and I know they are out there) who REALLY can't help themselves.
What I found interesting, was out of all the people that they showed that proclaimed to be starving, not one of them had a garden in their back yard. They had room for it. They just didn't use it. This area is known for it's backwoods ways. People KNOW how to grow gardens around here. A lot(just generalizing) won't do it. I just don't know about them.
So if you happened to watch Dateline that night, please put away your tissues. They are not needed.
So now that that is off of my chest. We return you to your regularly scheduled program.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, ranter