Sick & Destitute in Hard Times
January 13, 2011
"It's such a laugh to hear people complain about the "welfare state" in the USA. There is no welfare in my state."
"Mary Smith" has been sending me feedback for many years. When recently she mentioned her financial distress, I commissioned her story.
by "Mary Smith"
Like many in the USA, I am searching for employment. And like many people over 50, I've found it difficult. Having a chronic illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has made it even harder.
For a long time, I couldn't understand what was wrong with me until I read a letter to Dr. Andrew Weil from a lady who struggled with the same problem.
When I wrote to a locally renowned optometrist to ask for his suggestions on what to do about it, my letter was met with silence. Since I don't have the money for an ophthalmologist, I haven't been to one.
Obamacare, you ask? It doesn't cover preexisting conditions.
Sometimes I feel like I am on my own private Gilligan's Island with no way to get off.
It wasn't always this way in my country. Years ago, I read the famous transcript of the lecture by Richard Day, one of the insiders who foresaw the changes many Americans like myself are now living.
In 1969, Dr. Day gave a lecture to medical doctors. He said there had been a silent coup of the US government, by what he called the Shadow Government. He said that he was one of them, and gave a lengthy list of outrageous predictions based on his inside knowledge.
For example, he said the new government planned to lower the population by increasing the death rate. One of their methods would be to make health care expensive causing more people to die.
You can't get disability without medical care, and you need medical records to prove that you need disability.
Another bombshell: Dr. Day admitted that cures for most diseases were in existence but were suppressed to lower
Dr. Day said that the Shadow Government would create diseases that were difficult to detect and difficult to treat. Sounds like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and AIDS, doesn't it?
Indeed, former Ontario Teachers' Union head Donald Scott described such a program in his book The Brucellosis Triangle. Using declassified US Department of Defense documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Scott demonstrated that CFS and AIDS were created by a joint project of the English speaking nations.
Fellow CFS sufferers, take note!
In addition, Dr. Day predicted widespread joblessness as our jobs were sent overseas. Sixty Minutes had a TV program about unemployment and the "Recession" in Silicon Valley. They interviewed a former executive who used to make $100,000 a year. After several months of unemployment, he finally accepted a position as a bagger at Target for $8 an hour. He said he was grateful to get it.
That seems to be the prevailing wage where I live in Virginia: $8 an hour. Of course, it's impossible to live on that sum unless you have a spouse who makes a lot more money.
And the attitude of employers when you ask them to give you a more realistic salary is: Be grateful for your job or get lost. There are hundreds of people who would be happy to have it.
Don't forget that when you earn $8
an hour, that's BEFORE taxes. In the USA, you are taxed federal and
state income tax, Social Security tax, and Medicaid tax which makes your take
home pay even lower.
If you try to survive on less than $8 an hour, as I have, you will default on your credit cards, or get evicted when your roommate moves out. You won't be able to afford to file for bankruptcy because it costs $300 just to file in court. Needless to say, you will soon work yourself into destitution.
Eventually, you may try to ask charities for help.
If so, good luck. Ditto for the churches.
Most charities will not help single women like myself. Unless, of course, you are a single mother with young children.
When I have asked Social Services for help, they have directed me to the Homeless Intervention Program, which consists of a list of shelters and no other help. As for rental assistance, they will not help you unless you are part of a family, working, have a good credit rating, and a history of paying bills on time. Obviously, such applicants have no need of financial aid.
It's such a laugh to hear people complain about the "welfare state" in the USA. There is no welfare in my state. In my area, if you apply for rental assistance, they make you jump through hoops until you either give up or they finally find a reason not to help.
I keep hearing that I am
the wrong color. I am white.
The fate of housing was another prediction of Dr. Day. He said that they would make it unaffordable. Thus people would be forced to live in shared housing. Even now, many people, not just 20 somethings, have roommates as I do.
Dr. Day said that the new society would be geared towards those under 30. Younger people are more malleable, while older ones set in their ways. The Shadow Government planned to make life increasingly difficult. Those who can't keep up are expendable, in their view. Such people are expected to "move on" by taking the demise pill.
Well I have news for you fellas - I'm not going! And I am putting my trust in God and casting all my cares on Him, because He cares for us.