Monday, June 09, 2008

Gas Cans

Over at Eschaton - Rmj : This is the new mythology: there are no "working poor" in America. Only those who don't work at all, are poor.

Yeah, right.

I don't need another reason to hate Thugs, I really don't - but the working poor are getting FUCKED. TODAY. RIGHT NOW.:

Rural U.S. Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average

Here in the Mississippi Delta, some farm workers are borrowing money from their bosses so they can fill their tanks and get to work. Some are switching jobs for shorter commutes.

People are giving up meat so they can buy fuel. Gasoline theft is rising. And drivers are running out of gas more often, leaving their cars by the side of the road until they can scrape together gas money.

The disparity between rural America and the rest of the country is a matter of simple home economics. Nationwide, Americans are now spending about 4 percent of their take-home income on gasoline. By contrast, in some counties in the Mississippi Delta, that figure has surpassed 13 percent.

As a result, gasoline expenses are rivaling what families spend on food and housing.

I'm seeing more people walking around with friggin' GAS CANS than ever before.

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