Unemployment, Foreclosure – Welcome to the Fun House

Benefits ID Card

Benefits ID Card

“[M]iddle-class families applying for government aid only to discover that their safety nets — savings, severance packages, unemployment payments — put them at a disadvantage in a system designed to serve the very poor.

[In California] food stamp denials were up 14%, general relief denials were up 10%, and Medi-Cal denials were up 7%.” (http://www.rimag.com/articleXML/LN946643519.html)

I’m tired of simplistic advice and assessments of this recession.

  • They can always apply for benefits.
  • Social Services will help them.
  • They can get their loans modified.

Really?

The safety net is more like a colander.  It’s very easy to slip through.

Plans and programs depend on real, non phone call returning, issue having, people.  Stressed out, undertrained, overworked, highly leveraged, undervalued employees. They live in a world where the acceptance and defense of mediocrity is too widespread.

Prepare for a quiet groundswell of rude awakenings.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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