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  •  Yeah, they really put the squeeze on us (5+ / 0-)

    I am vastly underemployed right now.  And before that I was a graduate student.  Talk about being at the bottom corner of those still inside the walls!

    For those of us who are the working poor or the lower middle class, we're damned if we do and damned if we don't.  I had to purchase new contact lenses (or glasses, I suppose) about a month ago.  Now, I absolutely hate Wal-Mart.  With a passion. But then I look at the prices there compared to the prices local eye doctors or clinics are offering when you have no insurance and...well what else am I going to do?  I need to see and I can't afford the higher prices.  So I contribute to my own subjugation.

    They want us to believe that there is no other choice.  But there has to be.  It's out there somewhere in the dark.  The unknown.  I hope we can grope through the dark and find it.

    "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

    by greywolfe359 on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 12:25:14 PM PST

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    •  Good luck. Believe it or not, (2+ / 0-)
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      greywolfe359, NY brit expat

      30 years ago when I was single-parenting Wal-Mart wasn't everywhere, including where I lived, so I didn't have to do that.  We didn't have the plethora of dollar stores either.  So I didn't have to contribute to my own subjugation as you so accurately put it, at least not to that extent.  Now I'm making just enough, since my wants are few and my caprices fewer, to live comfortably - but still one pay check away from serious trouble.  (Heck, I've almost finished paying for a house and will be 3 paychecks away from in trouble once that's done - sometimes just keeping doing the best you can over time gets you to OK.  Not great.  I'll never take a vacation to Europe - but I might be able to take one to Canada someday.)  Good luck.

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