I recently filled up my mommy-mobile. (A 2000 Caravan) Average price of a fill up for the mommy-mobile these days is $55.00. Al Hamdulilah (Thanks be to God) I’m a stay at home mom and a fill-up will last me a couple of weeks. But my goodness, what about all of the other people who are just struggling to survive! If you are like a lot of Americans and live paycheck to paycheck then the seemingly non-stop rise in gas prices and the corresponding rise in food prices are probably killing you! As a former social worker I know that the minimum food stamp allotment per month is $10.00. In frustration people who are given this small amount, usually ask, “what can I buy with $10.00?” I used to answer, patiently, “with ten dollars you can at least get your milk, eggs, bread and cheese.” Today you could not even purchase these four items.
I know this is a direct result of this foolish and unnecessary war. I support the idea of “National Security“. However, I realize that as jobs, decrease and unemployment and poverty increase our internal national security is at stake. The rise in poverty, homelessness, and uncertainty are ills that increase crime and drug abuse. (Already the rise in mortgage foreclosures has brought an increase in arson related house fires.)
I’m concerned that as a nation we are spending BILLIONS each year on this war and our international policies while decreasing monies spent on our schools, our children, OUR POOR. I see no end in sight to this vicious cycle.
As moms we are going to have to pull together. (Especially during this election year.) We are going to have to make our voices heard, so that Washington, and the new president knows, that record profits for oil companies while many Americans can barely get to work is unacceptable. We will have to insist that using our tax dollars to rebuild schools in Iraq cannot take precedent over rebuilding schools in the U.S. Don’t misunderstand, I do feel that we have an obligation to rebuild these schools especially since our bombing destroyed much of their infrastructure in the first place. But we could do both if we weren’t spending billions to send more troops overseas to police people who don’t want us to police them!
As moms we are also going to have to pool our collective resources to help each other. The internet is an excellent tool to find and share info. When you find a product or company that is working to help Americans during this difficult time let’s support that company and spread the word. I have been using http://www.gasbuddy.com to find low price gas in my area. I find this service to be relatively accurate and if we continue to feed them good info then we can be a part of the solution.