Someone sent me an email forward the other day explaining to me how illegal aliens, welfare recipients, other low-lifes and me, retired and living off Social Security, is what’s causing this great country to go down the tube. I swan.
I don’t have a TV, don’t listen to radio, don’t read newspapers or magazines, but I do get email forwards and see sidebar news flashes at Internet sites. So knowing the country is down the tube didn’t come as a complete shock to me. Every couple of weeks I go to town for groceries, chicken feed and other necessaries, and the fact gasoline prices are a mite high, bread, milk and produce are worth more than they used to be, and people are older, all had me wondering if things hadn’t slipped downhill.
But knowing all those old people in the grocery lines and I are causing it surely gave me pause.
Made me realize life is harder for people with ball-caps turned sideways, studs in their nostrils, belly buttons and lips, tattoo-tears running down off their faces, and attitude have it tougher than I did all those years I was younger than I am now, because I wasn’t up here then.
I mostly try to mind my own business and tend my own affairs. I don’t want to be a part of a problem someone else has. If people living down in the trailer parks sitting in the backs of their pickups drinking beer Saturday afternoons are suffering harder than they would if I was out living under a bridge somewhere dumpster-diving for a living I wouldn’t be half the man I think I am if I didn’t consider it a viable alternative.
I paid money every paycheck for about 50 years into Social Security, but I never figured I’d come to depend on it for a living. When it happened I never stopped to consider that expecting some of it back was different from people living off their military retirement, Federal Employment Retirement, or Congressional Retirement systems.
If I need to go dumpster-diving and live under a bridge to clear my conscience I figure I can do it. Lots of people are already doing it. Just looking at them I hadn’t thought about the moral high ground they’re holding.