Debt self-inflicted --- Oh Really!?
Ok, I just have to rant about this one.
A letter to the editor in yesterday's USA Today, just sent me off the deep end. This guy (from Texas) says "...most of all debt is self-inflicted and the result of very poor money management and other irresponsible behavior..."
Tell that to the many, many retired folks that are struggling to live on a FIXED income, while the cost of health care, medicines, groceries, gasoline and heating their homes has done nothing but go up, up, up.
We are going to be putting our home on the market and seriously downsizing in the near future partly because the cost of heating it has DOUBLED in five years ... and we're talking having gone from having it at a comfortable 70 degrees in the winter to a barely tolerable 62 this winter (we tried going lower than that -- down to 58, but we just hurt too much with it that cold all the time).
And I worry about my folks that are facing ever increasing medical costs and wondering every year if the supplimental insurance provided with my dad's pension will still be there.
I'm seriously sick and tired of the republican conservative attitude that basically says "I've got mine, and I'm going to make sure you don't get any"
Okay, now I feel slightly better, so I'm climbing down off my soap box....