I’ve been following that “We Are The 99%” Tumblr, and it bothered me that most of the problems seemed to revolve around being able to afford meds. So I got up a tumblr (cause I need one more place to post, right?) to put up resources for folks to find places to help meet those needs. I put it on tumblr because the folks who like tumblr don’t really seem to post anywhere else.
Here it is: http://liferesources.tumblr.com/
Give it a look if you want. It’s a work in progress.
Looks like I’m not the only one out here who needs help with rent right now. Judging by the search terms that are driving visitors to my site, it’s getting pretty rough for a lot of us. So I went poking around to see what I can see. The first thing I saw were a load of scams. Sites that want you to give them all your info so that you can be “instantly approved” for rental help “loans” at high interest, web pages full of misinformation, or info so vague it may as well not exist. What really worries me about these sites is that folks are hurting so much they’re giving away all of their private information right there in the comments section. Just waiting to be snatched up by an identity thief.
Don’t do that.
The first thing you need to know is what a providers requirements are. If you’re going to ask for help from a community or government organization, some of them have hoops to jump through. Some may be restricted to certain demographics (women, Latinos, etc). They may require that you have a “pay or vacate” notice. It’s really important to ask. It keeps you from running around randomly.
It’s hard when your back is against the wall to take a big breath and steady yourself, but it’s really important you do it. Now, drop below the fold and let’s see who helps folks out.
When all of this first kicked off, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I had almost the same opinion of some of the younger Republicans. I didn’t know enough about the debt ceiling and how things work to feel like it’d be any big deal if we defaulted. Then, just because I started to get tired of people whining, I started to think we should just do it and see what happened.
Now, I’ve read more, watched news reports, and am coming to understand just how bad this could turn out. And the fact that it’s totally self inflicted makes it even worse. Part of why I have this time is that I’m unable to work. I thought I would pull together some learning resources for other folks who want to know more, but don’t have enough time to sift through millions of Google hits looking for good info.
The Muser’s Blog has a good page that discusses the National Debt and Social Security.
The Treasury Department’s home page has a page dedicated to the debt limit.
Propublica has put together an article that comes with a TON of links for further reading.
And the Congressional Research Service provides us with this 25 page report on what can happen: