My History

Our personal history changes the way we think about things.  Most of my friends are unconvinced that the federal government needs to provide so much for the citizens of this nation.  I feel differently about it because of the way my life veered off when my dad died.  I was only 11, I had 6 siblings 2 older and 4 younger.  We ranged in age from 16 to 2 and my mother was expecting.  Mother had been a teacher before she got married and started a family, however when she started teaching she only needed a two year degree.  If it wasn’t for social security income I don’t know what would have happened to us.  As it was we were very poor while mom went back to school and worked.  I was the older daughter and suddenly had to become responsible for my younger siblings.  I didn’t have a lot of clothes.  I can remember starting high school with  total of 4 outfits, which meant that most weeks something got worn twice.  I made those outfits, or they were handed down from friends of my mom. 

I wonder what would have happened if mom hadn’t received social security or any of the other money that she received from the federal government. She wasn’t being selfish in having so many kids, this was before birth control.  She didn’t plan on being a drain on society.  With the ss money we received, a little bit of insurance and her income from a job as a telephone operator I don’t know how we made it, but we did.  I knew we were poor, but it didn’t bother me too much, what else could we do? 

I was happy this week that the health care bill passed.  I have read about all the controversy surrounding the social security bill in the mid thirties.  I wonder if those same people who are unhappy about universal health care would be unhappy if they had had to live on social security while they were growing up.  I look at the social programs as protection for our citizens.  I have read some of the benefits of the bill and they are wonderful.  All you who have sons who will be going on missions, be glad.  When your sons get home they will be covered by your health insurance until they are 26.  That should get then through college and into grad school. 

We should all read the bill before we get all upset.  Think about how it will affect you personally the good and the bad.  Finally don’t spread rumors.  Check things out that sound untrue before you spread them around via email.  Thank you, I feel better now.

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