Warning- this is me rambling today and it's kind of depressing...
As each day goes by, reading stories of what's happening all over this country and around the world, I am so very grateful to be able to grow food here. Regardless of what the MSM spouts as economic recovery, the area I live in continues to sink into oblivion. This is coal country and the majority of work here is coal mining. It is becoming ever more apparent that the government of this country intends to bankrupt the coal industry and close down our coal fired power plants. One coal mine closing it's door here will completely devastate this area and put 500 to 1,000 men out of work. I wonder what the government plans to replace it all with? Imaginary power plants with magical powers??? While most of the country sees our government as some sort of unicorn with a magical horn, all I can see is a jackass with a plunger stuck to it's head.
Combine the ever increasing price of imported fuel with the rising cost of grain and you get food that comes from some big corporation, produced by pouring pesticides on it, filled with chemicals and provided by a government that subsidizes it all. The small farmer producing healthy food no longer exists.
Even if the MSM doesn't report on it, there are hundreds of homeless people right here, in this area. Some find a place to sleep in homeless shelters, some in their cars, others trespass and hide in barns and garages. Home invasions are becoming more and more common, hungry people breaking into rural homes looking for something to eat. Not a peep about it anywhere in the news. No one is talking about it. Plenty of news coverage for the current unemployment statistic lie tho.
Everyday living has become all about simple survival. Something to drink, something to eat and someplace dry and half way warm to sleep. How many people in this country are a pink slip away from joining them? While the de-industrialization of America continues.......
For me, the struggle to keep the mortgage paid goes on. The new gardening season is about here and a whole new crop of good, healthy food awaits. I may not be able to enjoy the great American dream anymore but I can sure have something good to eat.
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