eternal flame Wrote: Hello pgr: I think you said it perfectly. "Credit is how the 1% keep the 99% under their thumb." We ALL must get credit to pay all our bills, & yet the endless cycle of paying high interest rates, which gradually increase over time, are making life, day by day, more expensive. And the way out of that cycle becomes more & more impossible. I have a friend who got a disability after age 45, & needs a wheelchair. But the small amount of money he gets barely allows him to use his oxygen, & then he can't afford his laundry, medicine or food. He can't afford to run his air conditioning in the hottest part of summer. It is incredible, in the richest nation in the world, for this situation to be almost typical.
He often goes to the dumpster to search for food for his cat, & while there, finds any leftover food to give the stray animals & the wild birds and squirrels in his apt complex. After awhile, the animals realized who was their "friend" & they all watch for him to come outside every day. It is a wild scene, with rabbits, ground squirrels, a crippled abandoned puppy, & several species of birds, all flying & hopping alongside him as he goes to the dumpster. You'd swear it was a scene right out of "St. Francis of Asissi" -- patron saint of little animals. Or at least, a scene out of "Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs." (It brings tears to your eyes, no doubt). But of course this is the REAL WORLD.
The apt manager found out about it, and FORBID him to feed the animals, anymore. He told the other tenants to watch out for the evil man who gave free food to helpless animals. And to report him if he was caught doing that again. (So he of course kept doing it, but trying to be more careful not to get caught). So finally, the landlord hired some men to come in & tear down the BUSHES & TREES that the animals lived in. (sad ending). It is just one more way the "rich" 1% can keep the rest of us 99% under their thumb. If they own your home, THEY RULE YOU. (& usually they are GOP).