Thursday, October 07, 2010
My Week In Toledo, Ohio Rant
Look folks, I just spent over 24 hours traveling almost nonstop escaping Toledo, Ohio. I met friends who had jobs but were working weekends because they companies they worked for had laid off everyone, except for the "essential" workforce who they were bleeding dry, using the fear of job loss as a manipulative tool. Meanwhile, I saw up close an altogether too intimate view of a household disintegrating and gong mad as the traditional breadwinner went into his final months of unemployment benefits.
The Evangelical Christian Belief of said breadwinner seemed to function as crutch, but it was like putting a bandaid over a ruptured fuel tank on a burning semi...you can't hide behind religion when reality has its heel on your windpipe. Praise the Lord and have another donut...at least a donut will the gaping hole in your psychic membrane for a few seconds...here, have another.
I saw a family drowning collectively because of the over whelming burden of trying to provide healthcare for a severely disabled member of the family....spending entire days on the phone, in offices trying not to sink in the neck deep paper work and bullshit required just to get basic care. The bigger heartbreak was thinking about what happens to the disabled who don't have a support system of loved ones who care enough to destroy their own lives to get their loved ones right to a basic, human need.....
I can see why the tea bag movement has what momentum it has...the most simplistic, no brain solutions to any problem..."My LIfe Sucks, So Fuck You And Your Smart Ass Ideas! and "I Got Mines's So Don't You Even Think About It!" Sure, the teabaggers get the sensationalistic press, they seem to be able to generate enough steam and noxious vapors to blow themselves up nicely...on a regular basis. I'm beginning to believe that Christine O'Donnell might really be a witch based on her own tax returns for the last 5 years.
Listen, I went to a few restaurants in Toledo, and I am so happy to be back here in my own home and allowed to eat food that actually has some flavor! What is it with you folks? I go to a Mexican restaurant and have to put the entire bottle of mediocre, pallid, wimpy assed hot sauce on the cheese topped dog food I was served just to make it taste like something...("But...Microdot, this is the best Mexican in Toledo!"....I think not!)
And then it started to rain...AGAIN!
Garr.....this little cartoon seemed to sum things up nicely.....
Maybe I'll feel better after I sleep for 24 hours......