Thursday, November 30, 2017

Why Can't I Ever Get Ahead?

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    During this time of year, the holiday season, we tend to spend more money and realize that we never have enough.  I don't mean we never have enough to decorate, entertain or buy Christmas presents.  I mean enough money to pay utility bills, pay medical bills and pay for health insurance and everyday living expenses.  We certainly don't have enough money to save for emergencies or for the future!

    If you are working and supporting a family the cost of everything increases, but your salary doesn't. If you are retired your income is fixed and even though, as is the case this year, your Social Security payment increases,  the increase in your Medicare monthly payments wipes that out.  Every time you notice that you may have a little bit of money left at the end of the month, something happens to take that money, plus a little bit more.  Either your car breaks down, your computer that you need for school or work dies, your furnace needs servicing or some unexpected bill pops up to take your money.  It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back.  It is difficult for people in the middle class to realize their dreams of getting ahead in life and it is all but impossible for those in the lower economic classes to even have a dream of getting ahead!

    The holiday season is also a season of giving when we try to make life a little bit better for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. But this is getting more difficult as too many of us are finding that we don't have enough to share with others.  We can't help but be annoyed when we constantly see those people who have everything, enriching themselves even more, often at our expense.  Soon we will see a tax bill passed by the Congress, which supposedly represents ALL of us, but once again acts to favor the richest among us.  Those of us who make less than $70,00 a year will be paying more in taxes each year, as those who are making millions of dollars a year will be paying less.  One good thing is that those of us who plan on leaving our children money after we pass on will not have to pay estate taxes - that is if we have more than $5 million!  Oh yeah and our health insurance will go up and we will probably see a drastic cut in our Medicare and Social Security payments to make up for the loss of income from the reduction of taxes for the wealthy and big businesses!

    I am really pissed, as most other people in my situation are. But I don't want to hear any whining from those morons who continue to support and vote for the very people who are taking from the poor and middle class and giving it to the top1%.  I know a lot of people who will see this as political and will say "I don't want to get involved in politics".  Well if you don't want to get involved, don't complain about how you just can't get ahead! If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem!

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