My thoughts this time of year, like so many Americans, center on the blessings in my life and concern for those less fortunate.
Growing up I received the gift of a loving home, an emphasis on learning and a world of endless possibilities. As a husband and father I want each of my four children to have health and happiness above all else. I'm also hopeful that they will have the same (if not a better) standard of living for their families.
A couple of items caught my eye as we approach Thanksgiving:
1) From the Huffington Post, a blog post by Linda Tirado titled This is Why Poor People's Bad Decisions make perfect sense. I was moved, as were many of my friends on social media, at the way Ms. Tirado defined what it's like to be among the working poor. She describes being pregnant, living on frozen burritos and peanut butter, miles from the nearest health clinic. For the working poor calories are cheaper than nutrition.
One quote is particularly poignant. Ms. Tirado, who suffers from depression, acknowledges why she is a smoker. "It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to."
So many Americans seem stuck in an endless cycle. Working a low wage job, eager for a better one but without access, whether it's to transportation, skills or health and child care. In this sense I know Linda Tirado; Plenty of Linda Tirado's walk amongst us.
2) A new Washington Post poll showing that among low income workers, job anxiety is at an all time high. 85% of low income workers worry that their income won't cover expenses.
America is a charitable nation. My prayer is that we continue to be a compassionate one while working to address the myriad issues facing our neighbors.
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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