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I make no secret how much I love the writing of Virally Suppressed. His latest
post is something of beauty. It talks about how the cancer called greed is trying
 to destroy Detroit.
http://www.dailykos.com/....

http://virallysuppressed.com/

I once had a great agreement with a clerk at my local water company, She allowed
me to make small payments towards my water bill as long as I made a payment
every month. One morning I was in the water district office and met a very angry boss.
The boss demanded for me to tell her WHO in her district was allowing me to make partial payments, I refused to say and my water was shut off until I made an $800
payment to catch up.

I also had my power shut off the same week. I was in a bad spot, going to food banks,
taking showers at friends house. We put black large garbage bags on the toilet seat.
Many a night I was looking for a place to bury the ingredients of the bag. I have
been poor and hungry.

The feeling I had when I opened the mail-box and a VA check was waiting with
several years of back pay was beyond joy.

I care about what's happening in Detroit because I AM them. I feel as the poor because
I WAS poor. I have been hungry. I have begged in  pharmacy's for medicine for
my diabetic son.

As  progressive folks, we need to re-read the story of Virally suppressed and act on it
I am in favor of adding water to the house when the house is sold. I am in favor
of raising a sales tax for water for the poor.

In my state, there are programs to help very poor pay their bill. The problem is
most work and make too much.

I am taking the story that I have linked and am sending it to my legislator in my district
here to make things better.

Congress needs to fund needs like water for cities like Detroit. We must change as  a
nation and not let the poor not have water. I am sending the story I have read to
as many major newspapers, and MSNBC.

People are suffering in Detroit. The rich don't care. We are the good guys here and
need to be very loud.

No one should be outside in the rain burying shit.

-Any time
you have an
opportunity
to make a
difference
in this world.
and you don't,
then you are
wasting  your
time on Earth.

-Roberto Clemente
Baseball player

Originally posted to Vet 65 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:51 AM PDT.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos.

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  •  Third world industrial nation. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    howabout, Southcoast Luna, mookins
  •  I've been poor, but not that poor. (8+ / 0-)

    Never had the water shut off for more than a weekend except when it was an "broken pipe" issue - been without water for a couple of weeks under that scenario.  FYI - in most places the sewage part of the water system still works fine even when the water's shut off.  I've melted snow to flush the toilet with, borrowed a gallon from neighbors, or got it from the gas station back when they used to be service stations and had water (and air for your tires).

    Absolutely any nation with any claim to greatness or morality at all should make sure the poor have potable water.  Also food.  And sound shelter.  And medical care as needed.  And jobs if they are adults and able.  I'm not sure where our country is on the spectrum - above Somalia but I don't know how far above Somalia - but we're nowhere near having a claim to greatness or morality.

  •  I spent the better part of a year without water (10+ / 0-)

    I was living on a small farm in rural central Texas in the mid 1970s.

    When we bought the place, it had a well, but the well ran dry a few months later. There was no municipal water close enough to connect to, so for almost a year (until a main was installed close enough to us that we could pay to have a pipe run to our property line) I would go to gas stations in the nearest town and fill a two-gallon jug at their spigots for our drinking water. For showers and toilets, my then husband would fill a 55-gallon drum the same way. We pumped from the drum into the house water system. When the drum was empty, there were no more showers until he got around to taking the drum out in his pickup truck and filling it again. During those dry spells, we flushed toilets with a bucket of water from a nearby creek.

    I know the difficulties of living without running water all too well.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:38:00 AM PDT

  •  To explain is not to approve. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Southcoast Luna, worldlotus, IamGumby

    I have to preface some comments with that, because some people assume the opposite.
    That said, in many people's minds "economy" is equated with the use of money to mediate transactions. Therefore, if the economic growth is good and the economy is to be made to grow, then getting more transactions mediated by money is good.
    So, for example, when a county engineer explained that, if people's household wells became contaminated with the effluent from his ill-sited landfill, he'd simply arrange for them to be hooked up to the municipal water supply, was neither callous nor cold-blooded. He was doubtless convinced that treated water from the utility company would be superior. That householders would have to pay for something they'd previously got for free was also a boon from his perspective because it would grow the economy.
    What happened there was that the engineer mistook the symbol or token for the reality. But, that's what everyone was taught. It's in the same category as taking bread and wine for the body and blood of Christ.
    Trade and exchange, the essence of economic behavior, can increase or grow in consequence of introducing the use of money because money introduces convenience and efficiency (it is easier to pass dollars around than bales of hay, for example), but it isn't necessarily so, especially not in the intimate confines of the extended family (dinner would not proceed more expeditiously nor be more nutritious, if the kiddies had  to pay mom. As we know from paying MacDonald's, there is no necessary relationship between quality and money).
    That economic growth is an unqualified good has been gospel for half a century. That the symbol and the reality were disconnected has only recently been more widely accepted. The so-called Third World could have told us, but their failure to benefit from having their natural resources stripped and shipped out was routinely blamed on them not having the right money. That exploitation is contrary to fair trade and exchange just didn't register.

  •  I was without water for about six months. (7+ / 0-)

    I saved plastic milk jugs and had twenty some in my trunk and I would fill them at relatives' houses with a hose.

    I would do the dishes, clean and mop with the same water and then use it to flush the toilet.

    I would set the jugs on the car hood in the sun to warm for a bath. Then I would use that water to flush.

    It was doable because I was younger and healthier and I had people nearby where I could help myself to their water.

    I can't imagine living in a big city in an apartment building and carrying all that water up flights of steps in my current health and that is if I had a car and someone near who let me use their water.

    Water belongs to all of us!

    •  howabout (0+ / 0-)

      Boy do I agree with your last statement!  am sorry you
      had that experience. I also was ill at the time when we had no water. Lets just say I had need to use the toilet
      a lot. I don't mean #1.
      Thanks for writing.
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 07:39:53 AM PDT

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  •  surprised to see all these people with water off (3+ / 0-)

    i didn't realize how wide spread it is

    years ago talking with a friend about water as the new oil

    may become that

  •  I have been poor in the not so distant past (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    worldlotus, Southcoast Luna, indres, Vet63

    after racking up medical and other bills to the tune of $1M.  I had to forgo things such as medical care and medicines, for which I am paying the price today, and also going to the grocery store and buying starch and sugar because it was cheapest and buying only the cheapest bit of meat to flavor the potatoes and rice (though rice soup did bring back memories of childhood)

    I have never had to go dumpster diving or some of the more extreme necessities of survival and for that I consider myself fortunate.  I did live w/o water or electricity for 9 days after Hurricane Hugo but I was raised that way and I am in the country so, while it was a trial it was not as devastating as it would have been in the city.  (I could bring up a drum of pond water to flush toilets for example)    

    •  entlord (0+ / 0-)

      We live in a cruel society. To take advantage of many
      of our programs, you have to be really poor. Most poor
      people have jobs.
      I wish you good health,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 07:42:48 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks, Vet (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vet63

    I don't comment often, but I always appreciate and enjoy your diaries.

    "Fortunately, our handsomest politicians came up with a cheap, last-minute way to combat global warming. We simply drop a giant ice cube into the ocean every now and then. Thus solving the problem once and for all." -- Futurama

    by IamGumby on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:30:30 PM PDT

  •  I have a well (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Vet63

    but my son has had his water turned off, with four kids and on a hot and humid summer day. He pays water, sewer, and electric to the town he lives in. He would have rather they shut off the power, it was almost as though they knew the water would bother him more.

    You can put your shoes in the oven, but it won't make them biscuits.

    by quetzalmom on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 04:38:49 PM PDT

    •  quetzalmon (0+ / 0-)

      I am sorry for your son. I remember My doctor writing
      a letter to the water company telling them about my health
      and I needed a restroom.
      They did noting until I paid the bill.
      Take care,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 07:47:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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