Hey there! That Poverty Guy has been burning the candle at both ends preparing for a presentation, and since I have something that has been going through my mind, I asked if the Missus could post a blog today. Please don’t expect the wonderful calibre of wit and wisdom that my Poverty Guy husband brings to this blog. The words are just begging to come out and I would love to hear what you think about “utilities”.
|Mrs. Poverty Guy has soooo much money that she|
can just let the tap run wide open. NOT!
Just over a week ago, I read in our local newspaper that our water rates are going to increase 8%. I don’t know about you, but I hate these dreaded additions to my household budget. Where is that extra money supposed to come from when you are on a fixed income with next to nothing for extras? Does it magically appear as the need arises? If you happen to have that ‘money-fairy’ working on your block . . . please, please send her my way. You see, last fall, my hours at work were reduced because of education cutbacks. I am making less this year than last. No extra to cover inflation, new user fees or increases in utilities.
There's no doubt in my mind that these things affect real people like you and me. In mere seconds names pour forth of others I know who are also uncomfortably affected by these unavoidable expenditures....colleagues, seniors, single moms, and those dealing with illness or disability. One of my co-workers already has two extra jobs just trying to make ends meet. With admiration, I remember the ‘omigosh, I wish I had that kind of energy’ senior who has been recognized by the mayor for her ongoing volunteer efforts. These aren’t people planning their annual trip to Mexico, that’s for sure. And they certainly aren’t deadbeats – you know, the ones people usually picture when they don’t want to admit that there are good, decent citizens who live in poverty. The only way to accommodate an 8% increase is to go with less. (. . . assuming that stealing your neighbour’s water is not an attractive option.)
Admittedly, I might be missing something. Perhaps there's an automatic yearly increase given to those on a fixed income or who are below the poverty line. You know, something that will cover that 8% hike in our water rates? Now, guessing that this doesn’t exist . . . why shouldn’t it? What a fantastic idea! Fill out a form and, voila, the offensive affront to your budget is someone else’s responsibility. That Poverty Guy just recently posted about an EI program that perhaps could be suspended freeing up millions of dollars. Let’s have the government cover the costs or provide an exemption. Simple. I cannot imagine how there is any fairness in asking me, or a single mom, or a senior, to have to pinch our water usage when there are CEO’s who have already made my yearly salary 5 times over by January 21st. It makes me laugh even imagining such an executive having to entertain the thought of reducing their personal water consumption in order to make ends meet.
I am serious about a program to assist in these circumstances. Why shouldn’t it be a reality? What do you think?