I think we must be just plain stupid. I'm talking about my husband and I. We just never seem to be on the receiving end anytime. We've been married 28 years plus and never ever seem to do things right.
We've worked hard going without many times in our marriage because we couldn't afford to take the plunge doing the extra things. Our vacations, homes and expenditures have all been conservative and usually around the kids. We're debt free only because we were so frugal and not because we received any outside help or made a ton of money.
We put away faithfully for our retirement because we don't have anyone doing it for us. We've never worked those government jobs where you sit back and have an unending retirement bonus waiting for you when you hit 65 or so. When ours is gone, it's gone.
So we plan, we conserve and we watch our pennies. We never seem to hit buying a house or car or make under a certain amount to qualify for anything at the right time. We're always a day late or a dollar too much to get any benefits.
We bought this house too soon. Had we bought it a year or so later under Obama's plan we would have received $6500. I still don't get that. Why should we get $6500? We were going to buy a house anyway? We had two sons who bought at the right time. When we were their age, we scraped and did without and were much worse off financially than they yet they are the ones on the receiving end of the government. Makes no sense. Of course they're happy about it. They don't know what it's like to do without or only having $35-50 dollars for groceries on any given week. Actually I'm not even saying they are better off. There is something very rewarding about doing it yourself and going thru the discipline of doing without, waiting and working your own way up with no outside help even the government's.
I remember during the Ice Storm of "98" in New England it was the older people who went thru the depression and early 50's and 60's who were better off. The young people were absolutely freaking out having to do without electricity and running water. Lord help them, because they couldn't cook their lobsters or blow dry their hair. Canned food? Are you kidding me?
So what's ticking me off enough to write this now? The Obama cell phone plan. That's incredible. I cannot for the life of me get this. Not only that but I know it's the hard working taxpayers like us who are paying for this.
Have you heard about this? Welfare receipants are eligible for free cell phones with anywhere from 70-150 free minutes! In my state of Florida they get 150 FREE minutes.
We just recently in the last three years bought our first cell phone considering it a luxury item, not a necessity and now we're paying for countless others to have them even though they haven't paid a penny towards it.
I say put the pay phones back in service and leave it at that!