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Saturday, February 28, 2009 |
( 2/28/2009 10:03:00 AM ) Bill S.
THAT DAMN SHOE: Well, yesterday was my last at the job. It's always a drag when you empty out your desk and lug your books back home. I've had to do it several times now, and it never gets any easier. I did a couple of interviews this week for a new position in the area, but the pickin's are slim in this struggling mining region, so I'm having to cast my search out further. We really don't want to move again, but there ain't a hell of a lot of options here.
After I posted and mailed my first piece about my lay-off, I received a couple emails from more conservative friends telling me I shouldn't try to lay the blame for our country's economic woes on any one political party. I don't. I do, however, look to a Republican-controlled state government for the way it chose to respond to the crisis: slashing the budget long before it knew what kind of money would be coming from the feds, using the budget crisis as an opportunity to go Medieval on education and social service programs. One of the reasons we as humans band together into tribes is to protect the most vulnerable among us. Children fall under that category. By attempting to balance the books at the expense of their protection and well-being, my state legislators have said a lot about their own negligible humanity.
I know, I know: he's just whining 'coz he lost his paycheck. Sure, that's a part of it. But for me, the act of counseling and working with families has also been something that's long kept me grounded. Without that heady dose of reality -- of going into the homes of people who are really struggling -- this pop-nerd would've gotten lost for good in world of junk escapism years ago. I really want to get back to the work. Here's hoping I'm soon given the opportunity to do so . . .