Thoughts On A Sunday Afternoon...  

rm_Kissmystuff 62F
2665 posts
8/20/2006 5:58 pm

Last Read:
10/6/2010 3:31 am

Thoughts On A Sunday Afternoon...

Just thought I stop awhile..read some blogs and leave some comments here and there.

I've not been spending a lot of time here. Like I said in earlier posts..I've been busy..living life.

There's so much I could write about..but don't. Mainly because..it bogs me down..the mind..the spirit. I have to have a lot of energy to even think about some the stuff going on in this world.

I used to give lectures..talks to various groups..in some of the occupations I've had. During those times..I've discovered that many people in many occupations..have no business being there.

There was a time I worked for ACTION/VISTA..the domestic peace corp. I organized welfare recipients..and other low income persons. I gave leadership training..did advocacy and trained them to do this. During that time I would talk to some of the classes at the University and some of the colleges..students going into social work. Usually these were kids from suburban middle class and upper middle class families..who didn't have the slightest idea of what it meant to be poor. Some of these kids harbored attitudes toward their future clients..that would have made the nazis proud. Some would make comments like.."don't you think the women on welfare should be sterilized".

There was a time..I could quote the welfare regulations better than many of the social workers. And more than a few times when I left a social worker's office with a client I was advocating for..the social worker would be in tears.

Frankly..I think the social welfare system in this country is fucked up. Rather than encouraging and helping people to raise themselves out of poverty..it seems to provide just enough to keep them going..in their same condition. In some cases..it's perpetuated from one generation to the next. I saw time and again..social workers steering women toward job training for employment that would keep them in minimum wage jobs. Often..rather then encouraging those who wanted college education..many would try to discourage that kind of thinking..particularly if they were women of color.

You hear about the welfare cheaters..but are you aware that most of the cheating is done by vendors who sell goods or services to people on welfare and the welfare system. But yet..when you hear about the welfare cheaters..it's usually some idiot..driving a fancy car..who got more checks then he or she was supposed to. Do I think it's ok. No..but don't just single them out. Tell the whole story. And let it be known..that the majority of people on welfare..are kids.

It's also interesting..that most people don't seem to understand..that in some way..almost everyone in this country is benefiting from some form of "welfare program"..they just have different terms for them.

Every college student is getting a form of welfare. The tuition he or she pays..does not cover the full cost of their education. The tax payers pick up much of the cost. Do I mind. No..as it is..I don't think we put enough money into education. It should start from kindergarden all the way up through graduate school or technical school. We don't pay our teachers enough..to hold on to more of the good ones.

There's the farmers..who get money from the government for not growing certain crops. Or the farm subsidies..which by the way..go mostly to the larger farmers and the corporations.

What about the developers..who get subsidized for their buildings..who can write them off..and the tax payers pick up the tab. I could go on and on. But yet..we wage war on the poor.

Another of the many fucked up things..is The War on Drugs. It's a joke. The hard Drugs..the ones that eat the body from the inside out..seem to be..only recently..of great concern to the powers that be. The people benefiting the most from the misery of others are the ones who supply the Drugs..who bring them into the country. I don't know of any street hustler or Drug user who has the means to pay for the planes to bring that crap in here. Banks have been guilty of helping to launder the Drug money..reputable business have been guilty..police departments have often had a hand in looking the other way..sometimes members of the police have been the pushers.

Dick Gregory used to ask the question: "How is it that a ten year old kid can go out on the street and find the local pusher..but yet the police can't?" There's also the observation..that until little Johnny and Jane.. out in the suburbs started to be effected..not a whole lot got done.

Ya..Sunday..now evening..and the thoughts are depressing. I'm going to go watch a strange movie..one of my sci-fi favorites..and take my mind off the crap in the real world.

Later folks. (Care to join me?)

Artwork: "The Scream" by Edvard Munch (1893)


Kiss


eriedragon4 58M
1076 posts
8/21/2006 3:28 am

I just read some more of your poetry(The brass bed)
I love it! MUAH

mark


redswallow777 49M
6811 posts
8/21/2006 11:04 am

Hope the movie watching was more enjoyable than visiting all these sad truths about the system. I would only add that the war on drugs has always been a war on the poor.....although few understand or see that. Between that and a criminal justice system skewed against those who are least able to defend themselves it is amazing some manage to move up and out of poverty.

I am intrigued by your website. Have you talked about it here....as to what it will be?


RevJoseyWales 70M/67F
14393 posts
8/21/2006 3:48 pm

so what did you watch? I totally understand how you feel. Writing about allof the sorry shit going down these days takes a hell of a lot of energy. A lot of times, too much energy for me. all I can say is I agree with EVERYTHING you said in this post. Wholeheartedly. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."


digdug41 50M

8/21/2006 5:23 pm

I love it you always make me think and you always give me something to grow on

roaming the cyber streets of blogland


OboesHonedIambs 63F

8/24/2006 7:13 pm

Great post -- I found your blog reading another blogger I like and like your title, "In Praise of She...Ochun." I was a kid watching the initiation of Johnson's Great Society in 64. I think I knew for sure it was not a Great Idea by 1980. Big Agribusiness gets hefty subsidies that ordinary dirt farmers don't even have access to. Most big industries also get goverment subsidies for one thing or another and then they get to avoide paying taxes on top of it all because of numerous loopholes. I suspect if most farm subsidies went toes up, and big business actually had to pay their full tax load, we could maintain our national infrastructure as well as fund every school district so substantially that a "poor school" would become a thing of the past. In the welfare system, the dismantling of the family is what stands out for me as the most unconscionable outcome of so-called good intentions.

Instant Human -- Just Add Coffee


dasher121 37M

8/25/2006 3:37 am

well, you just take time for what priorities you feel fit first.

I agree with you, I use this as a small outlet to get personal things off of my mind, or just to laugh and vent a bit. But the "outside" world is what really keeps turning for me, where all my focus has to go.

and yeah, Ill join you. pass the dutchie to the left hand side!

THeDude.


interested13563 54M
2557 posts
8/26/2006 2:14 pm

You are perfectly right, as usuall. Thank you
for posting this!!!


rm_Kissmystuff 62F
1435 posts
8/26/2006 11:51 pm

Erie..
Thank you..glad you enjoyed the poetry

Spunky..
Thanks for the compliment. I never did get to that movie Sunday night..but did over the next few days. I watched the "Time Machine"..the one with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux.."On The Beach"..with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner..and "The Road Warrior"..with Mel Gibson.

Red..
Yup..the "System" pretty much sucks.

My website..not quite ready to go into detail about it yet. Past experience taught me..some people are not above stealing ideas. So I'm not going to share it here..till it's up and running. I think when it is up and running..that there will be something for everyone..at least I that's my goal.

Hi Joe..
Like I told Spunky..I never got to the movie watching Sunday night..I went to bed instead. Actually..I really did need to sleep. But..will be posting additions to my "Strange Movies" list. Hope you stop in and take a look. You've probably seen them also.

Dig..
It's always gratifying to me..to know that someone learns from some of what I write. You're no slouch yourself you know.

Honni..
It's been my feeling for some time..that only certain people..those with prestige and money..were considered to have any value in America..certainly when it comes to "the powers that be" It seems to be getting worse. The interesting thing is that as more people are negatively effected by the policies..as is happening..they are waking up to that same sensation.

Hello Lady..
Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you found your way here. Ochun is an African Goddess of Love and Beauty..mainly of the Yoruba tribe. She is honored under different names in the Caribbean..some parts of the USA and Central and South America.

The morality of America certainly is a convoluted maze of contradictions and hypocrisy..isn't it? Stop abortions..but cut the funding for homeless..many of them children. Prevent stem cell research using frozen embryos..but allow the continued bombing of Lebanese civilians by Israel.."the right to protect itself"..what a load of crap. Well..let me not get started.

Dude..
Ya know..if one allows it..the cyber world can take up much more time than it probably should. I think people can get into the habit of using it as an escape..much too much. Have to say though..the outside world is a bit hard to take sometimes.

Interested..
You're very welcome. And as always..good to see you.

Kiss


DIVISION77 40M
8337 posts
8/30/2006 2:28 pm

You have a well-rounded view of things.

A broad perspective.

You seem like the type of person who would be fun to hang out with, in leisure.

Shooting pool, a movie, perhaps a museum...

I think the fact that the real world is so depressing tempers your spiritual sense of well-being, and that is why you like the clean relaxing recesses of your imagination.

A place where nothing can bring you down.

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


Become a member to create a blog