July 22nd, 2008 at 6:12 PM
Welcome to Ohio!
Via Best of the Web. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92592545 I realize that this article has some strong political overtones. But, in the spirit of this website, I hope we can reach across the aisle to all our Michigan brethren, and remember that the people of Ohio – minus those that decide to don the Maize n’ Blue – tend to be f’d up. Some choice quotes: "Nunez's van broke down last fall. Now, her 19-year-old daughter has no reliable transportation out of their subsidized housing complex in Fostoria, 40 miles south of Toledo, to look for a job." I'm sure that's exactly why she isn't looking for a job. "Nunez and most of her siblings and their spouses are unemployed and rely on government assistance and food stamps." In terms of surprise, this ranks up there with revelation that Robert Reynolds violated the NFL substance abuse policy. "Low-income families in Ohio say they are particularly hard-hit by the changes in the economy . . . " Remember: it's all Bush's fault. "Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job." George Herbert Walker Bush. "Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps." The photo indicates they survive all too well. "People tell Nunez her daughter could get more money in public assistance if she had a child. "A lot of people have told me, 'Why don't your daughter have a kid?'" They both reject that as a plan." Again, the photo indicates that 99.99% of men would reject that plan, too.