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Are You Better Off This Thanksgiving Than You Were Last Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving Dinner - Photo by Marcus QuiqmireAre you in better shape financially than you were last Thanksgiving?  If so, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate because most Americans are not.  As you chow down on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce this Thursday, please remember that there are millions of Americans that simply cannot afford to eat such a meal.  According to a shocking new report that was just released by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of 2.5 million.  And right now one out of every seven Americans rely on food banks to put food on the table.  Yes, life is very good at the moment for Americans at the top end of the income spectrum.  The stock market has been soaring and sales of homes worth at last a million dollars are up 16 percent so far this year.  But most Americans live in a very different world.  The percentage of Americans that are employed is about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession, the quality of our jobs continues to go down, the rate of homeownership in America has fallen for seven years in a row, and the cost of living is rising much faster than paychecks are.  As a result, the middle class is smaller this Thanksgiving than it was last Thanksgiving, and most Americans have seen their standards of living go down over the past year.

In 2014, there are tens of millions of Americans that are anonymously leading lives of quiet desperation.  They are desperately trying to hold on even though things just keep getting worse.  For example, just consider the plight of 49-year-old Darrell Eberhardt.  Once upon a time, his job in a Chevy factory paid him $18.50 an hour, but now he only makes $10.50 an hour and he knows that he probably would not be able to make as much in a new job if he decided to leave…

For nearly 20 years, Darrell Eberhardt worked in an Ohio factory putting together wheelchairs, earning $18.50 an hour, enough to gain a toehold in the middle class and feel respected at work.

He is still working with his hands, assembling seats for Chevrolet Cruze cars at the Camaco auto parts factory in Lorain, Ohio, but now he makes $10.50 an hour and is barely hanging on. “I’d like to earn more,” said Mr. Eberhardt, who is 49 and went back to school a few years ago to earn an associate’s degree. “But the chances of finding something like I used to have are slim to none.”

Of course you can’t support a family on $10.50 an hour.

You can barely support one person on $10.50 an hour.

But there are many men out there that would absolutely love to switch positions with Darrell Eberhardt.  At this point, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) does not have a job.  That is an absolutely crazy number.

And of course just because you “have a job” does not mean that things are going well.  The number of Americans that are “working part-time involuntarily” has risen by over 50 percent since the beginning of the last recession.  There are millions of hard working Americans that would love to get a full-time job if they could land one.  But these days “decent jobs” are in short supply.

For example, CNN recently profiled the story of college graduate Meghan Brachle…

Meghan would love to be a music teacher or play full-time in an orchestra. She studied music at Loyola University in New Orleans and plays the flute.

Instead, Meghan works a slew of part-time jobs and receives no benefits.

She is a cashier at Whole Foods, a substitute teacher, a flute tutor and an administrative assistant at a non-profit.

Even with all of her hard work, Brachle and her husband often really struggle to pay the bills

With inconsistent hours, Meghan monthly income fluctuates between $1,000 and $3,000. Even with her husband’s teaching salary, the couple sometimes struggles to cover the $3,600 of monthly expenses they have.

“It’s very stressful,” Meghan, a college graduate, says. “I think about all the job applications I’ve turned in and all the interviews I’ve been on and all the other people who are in the same situation, looking for those same [full-time] jobs. It’s frustrating.”

Sadly, a lot of these part-time employers know that their employees desperately need these jobs and are using that leverage to treat them very poorly.

For example, it is being reported that any KMart employees that do not show up for work on Thanksgiving will be automatically fired.

What kind of nonsense is that?

And around the country at Wal-Mart stores, food drives are being held for “needy employees“.

So why wouldn’t Wal-Mart just pay their workers enough so that they could afford to take care of themselves in the first place?

Most people don’t realize this, but approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is currently living below the poverty line.  Many of them are working as hard as they can and still can’t make enough to take care of themselves.

Meanwhile, our paychecks are getting stretched further and further with each passing month.

When you don’t make much money, every dollar is precious.  And when food prices go up substantially, it can be very painful.  Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening right now…

-From September to October, the price of a pound of Turkey rose from $1.58 to $1.66.  That represents a 5.2 percent price increase in just one month.

-The price of a pound of ground beef has just risen to a brand new record high of $4.15 a pound, and more price increases are on the way.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that U.S. beef production will drop by another 1 billion pounds next year due to a variety of factors including the horrific multi-year drought out west.

-The entire planet is bracing for a huge chocolate shortage, and this threatens to push the price of chocolate beyond the reach of many American families…

Start hoarding those Hershey’s Kisses and stockpile your Snickers: The world could soon experience a chocolate shortage.

Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two of the world’s largest chocolate makers, say that’s the path we’re headed down. They cite a perfect storm of factors: Less cocoa is being produced as more and more people are devouring chocolate.

In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world’s cacao beans, and both countries are experiencing dry weather that limits growth. To make things worse, a fungal disease called frosty pod has destroyed 30 to 40 percent of global cocoa production.

As a result of all of the things that I have just discussed above, more Americans than ever are being forced to turn to the government for assistance.  Today, the number of Americans getting a check from the government each month is at an all-time high, and at this point Americans collectively get more money from the government than they pay in taxes.  For much, much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “21 Facts That Prove That Dependence On The Government Is Out Of Control In America“.

So if things are going well for you this Thanksgiving, you should be truly thankful.

For most of the country, things just continue to get even worse.  And if the next major wave of our economic crisis arrives next year like many are projecting, this may just be the beginning of our economic pain.

  • rach

    Turkey prices are higher this year than ever before. The cheapest I have found is .99 cents a pound. You could get one free with the purchase of a ham, but I don’t care for the generic brand. I am grateful I can choose between generic and name brand turkeys this year.

    • CharlesH

      You’re fortunate and that in itself is a blessing.

  • K

    Am I better off than last Thanksgiving? No, but I am at least losing ground at a fairly slow pace. Which is still better than most. The local rescue mission is coming up way short. Inspite of the fact, more of us have given even more than in the past. The need is just so much greater. Combine that with the folks who have to drop out, because they can barely make ends meet. The math becomes impossible. But with the Lord, nothing is impossible.

    • Just me LORD

      Amen. I pray for strength to not fret for the future. As you said, nothing is impossible with Christ.

  • Just me LORD

    I don’t even know how people are going to make it in the future. My daughter makes $8.00 and will not be eligible for insurance on our plan next year. We keep calculating how she is going to pay for her own insurance and try to save for a car. I can’t see how it will happen. We trust in our Heavenly Father though. I know our needs will be met but I wonder at what cost to the next generation.

    • Orange Jean

      Sometimes not making much money when you are young is good incentive to figure out what to do to make things better for yourself. So I wouldn’t give up on her just yet!

  • FortuneSeek3rz

    Yes, I am better off. Getting a raise effective the first paycheck in December. Have more money in savings and have a pension plan at my job. Also have a low healthcare premium but am healthy enough that I have never come close to meeting my deductible. I take it upon myself to progress every year. It isn’t easy, but nothing worth doing is.

    • Mike

      I’m with you. The wife and I both got raises and new cars. I have more than enough cash on hand to pay them off but the interest is so low there is no rush. We’ve both raised the money going into our 401k’s as well. The cherry on top was the purchase of my Springfield M1A SOCOM 2 months ago. We work hard and reap the rewards. Hope next year is even better than this one was for you.

      • FortuneSeek3rz

        Nice piece. Firearms are also a terrific store of value these days.

  • liberals_equal_human_excrement

    ..

  • DesertPaine

    This is the article that fills in the details of what Michael has written about for years. What anyone who was willing to listen has known for years. Next, a grand social experiment — how much pain people are willing to endure before examining, REALLY examining, their lives. If monthly bills count $3600 for instance,, I’d say there is plenty of room for re-examination.

    • Tim

      “If monthly bills count $3600 for instance,, I’d say there is plenty of room for re-examination.”

      Yes. I was thinking the very same thing. Also, another quote above mentioned that she is a part-time cashier at Whole Foods Market but has no benefits. Part-time employees at Whole Foods are eligible for benefits once they’ve completed a probationary period and as long as they work at least 20 hours per week. Surely she knows that. But maybe the particular store where she’s employed won’t give her at least 20 hours a week. I don’t know.

      • Mari

        I wonder how much of the $3600 is student loan debt. I am also surprised that she is not covered under her husband’s insurance.

        • Tim

          Good points, Mari.

        • DesertPaine

          Mari, by ‘re-examine’ I mean down to bare metal. Student loan debt? I severely question the value of a formal education in the first place. Insurance? A hard look at diets based on GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup and soy has wreaked predictable results, and very accessible changes in lifestyle would radically change health, insurance, and medical costs. And there is so much more….

          • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/2011/08/jesus-said-at-last-day.html TK

            Good points about diet, it is amazing what a few changes will accomplish. ..

  • T.

    “For most of the country, things just continue to get worse.
    That Is The Reality Today. Ugly for many millions.
    This is just the beginning of our economic pain, because the next major wave of our economic crisis will arrive next year 2015.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    By the way, I’d like to know what everyone thinks of the new format on The Most Important News…

    http://themostimportantnews.com/

    Michael

    • K

      It was already pretty good. Yet I would still call it an improvement.

    • Orange Jean

      Michael, I think it depends on what your objective is in creating that website… and who is the audience you are trying to reach.

      Consider me the “guinea pig” for feedback on whether or not a website format is accessible to that part of your audience who is on dial-up (in my very rural area, about the only option… unless you wanted to sign up for the very expensive Hughes satellite or possibly some very expensive phone options). I can’t even replace my computer without a problem, since I understand that there are very few of the new computers that would have an external modem or even a place to plug one in, which is what I needed to do after my internal modem got fried a few years ago.

      So with that in mind… the technology you use to create THIS website is much easier for me to read and load up. The Most Important News website is very hard for me to load up… it looks like it is pretty once it starts loading…. but takes forever for any of the pictures to load. I could not find a comments section… I suspect you have one, but I ran out of patience with how long it took to load up.

      I realize you are doing this on your own time and it’s a lot of work…which I think most of us appreciate. I like the comments section the best, I like the community of commenters for the most part.

      It’s not you I’m sure. Whatever the technology issue is that makes it harder for dial-up people to load websites seems to be getting worse as more web designers are creating websites for those who access the Internet via phone. For example, I have been having increasing difficulty in accessing and using my email account (Hotmail) and some news websites I used to be able to read I cannot even load at all.

    • K2

      You have made it easier to post comments. Now if the entire article was on the site itself :)

      Because if people have to go to another site to read the article, i doubt they will feel inclined to come back and post comments on the article on the ‘the most important’ site.

      I know what i am asking is not easy, so maybe there is a way around it?

  • RICHARD

    It is coming to the point in time where buying a car or maybe a van to get around will double as housing to. At 8 dollars a hour your not going to get to much. I can see why so many families are moving in together, and it is only going to get worse.

  • CharlesH

    I’m not a nay-sayer and am usually an optimist but our economy will never return to what it was even 7 years ago. THIS is the “new normal”. It’s only going to get worse.

    • FortuneSeek3rz

      Maybe, but maybe not. I hope there is a game changer in the energy situation coming within the next 10 years.

      • alan

        All the easy oil has been pumped out. Now only the deep expensive oil is left. Solar is fine until the sun goes down. The real solution is a 60% to 70% cut in population.

        • Mike

          OK. Let’s start with you then.

        • wi wadee

          BTW ,,,the Obamacare kiosk at the mall has some free; special Kool Ade for you
          See ya there I hope!!!!!!

    • none

      Helllow Chalresh_
      Things are doning great since I came up from Mexico last year. I recived a free food stamp card that I use at Walmart. also free housing since I do not have a JOB!
      I ride the bus all over for free! the state gives me a Free bus pass, which is better than walking. iam use to walking.
      Also the local missions and charities will be serving great meals better than I receive back home. THIS IS THE LAND OF FREE EVERYTHING. THE WORKERS PARADISE!

      • liberals_equal_human_excrement

        lmao

      • Hot Rain

        You can have it Jose’, when the Anglos have stripped it bare, and the rest of us move to a barter/black market system, YOU are not invited.. Feliz Navidad, Amigo.
        ( you crack me up, none. lol )

      • Cynical Guy42

        You’re not working for it, so I’d say this isn’t a worker’s paradise.

      • sharonsj

        What state are you talking about? I never heard of any state giving out free bus passes. And what free housing (unless you’re talking about a tent)?

      • liberals_equal_human_excrement

        lmao

  • kenfrombayside

    What is that faux president trying to do? Answer. Give millions of useless, illiterate (in both English & Spanish), low IQ mestizos green cards. This doesn’t make sense with 95 million working Americans not working; 50 million on food stamps; and uncounted millions desperate for any job. The reason for this invasion is simple: most Americans remain silent, don’t vote, and spend a disproportionate amount of time engaged doing nothing, like watching NFL football. Contact your US Rep and 2 Senators; get to the polls to vote against the traitorous demRATS; return fundraising letters saying you will not give until the border is sealed and our unique Anglo heritage saved; prepare your meals and do your own gardening; go to NUMBERSUSA to send faxes to our alleged leaders; and join real immigration reform groups such as FAIR. Our enemies are at war with us, and we have to fight back. If you say or do nothing, you are part of the problem.

    • Gay Veteran

      amusing you think the politicians will listen to us when they didn’t during the Big Bank bailout.
      Republicans=Democrats

      • alan

        Republican+democrats=bankers.

        • truth

          Both of you are correct.

          Kenfrombayside is asleep at the wheel.

          “Unique anglo heritage,” what poppycock. The First Nations would like a word with him.

  • Sackman

    Better off this year. Wife and I earn about $130,000 combined. Fully paid health ins. Own house. $280,000 left on low interest mortgage. 2 leased cars.with Total payments about $600 monthly. One kid and another on the way. Saving for retirement and children’s college. Net worth increasing yearly. Things are tough out there. But. Many opportunities truly do exist. We are blessed. Good luck to those in need. Have faith work hard. Never give up.

  • Priszilla

    Yes, got a great job, and a smaller and cheaper home.

  • Lorna Faith

    We have food stamps, liheap, section 8 rentals, free health care and so on and so forth. While I generally agree with this blog the continued portrayal of people too poor to eat is, in my mind, literally ridiculous. Open up your eyes, look at the welfare benefits the government hands out and start seeing the forest regardless of the trees.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Life is very good but a close relative has just contracted cancer and reminded us all of the finality of this life. I retire soon and life is definitely sweetest as I near the “bottom of the cup”. I am grateful for everything I have. I have lived a life. Happy Holidays to you all and a better year to come.

  • Sandbagger

    It’s one step forward and two steps back for us this year. By that I mean we have lost ground financially speaking compared to last year, but are fortunate enough not to have slid as far as we could have.
    When you have less, what you do have means so much more. It makes you truly thankful, so in that respect we are better off this year.

    • BudDye

      My employer gave an across the board 3% pay raise. Our first pay raise in five years. Then turned around and hit us with increased insurance costs. Effectively wiping out the 3% wage increase.

  • BudDye

    Employers throw a few crumbs off the table and we are supposed to rejoice? Those crumbs are eaten by the rising cost of sustenance. People are not “Making a living” these days, they are surviving. For most of us the recession never really ended.

    • yay robot women

      The ‘recession’ is not suppose to end. This is the new normal. Soon to be followed by ” A day’s wages for a measure of wheat”.
      Then we will refer to poverty as ‘the good old days’, while savoring our soylent green, ( gotta do something with all those baby boomers since we can’t support them).

  • Mary Kotomski

    I know I’m better off. I’m very grateful that I was able to find a good job after being unemployed since January of 2010 and attending college to obtain a business degree with the aid of the WIA program and the Pell Grant with only having to pay $1500 of a student loan.

  • http://www.theartofdebtguerrillawarfare.com/ Thomas McFreeman

    I know I’m worse off financially for Thanksgiving 2014.

    Author “The Art of Debt Guerrilla Warfare, how to beat debt
    collectors when your back is against the wall.”

  • wsp

    Well, no I am not better off this Thanksgiving than last—HOWEVER, I WOULD BE IF I HAD STOPPED READING YOUR DRIVEL AND DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS THAT NEVER COME TO PASS.
    Is the Federal Reserve the most corrupt institution in the history of mankind? Yes.
    Is our government the most corrupt in the history of mankind? Yes.
    Will it ever change? No. Are we entering a totalitarian technocracy ruled by Plutocrats? Yes, we are already there.
    Will our preparations protect us? No.
    So why bother. Listening to your doomsday forecasts has only accomplished one thing—missing out on the greatest bull market in the history of mankind. Thanks for the losses. One thing is for sure—most of us will NEVER RECOVER from all the money we have lost not staying in the fiat Ponzi scheme. Thanks guys for screwing us!

    • alan

      The collapse started in 2008 and is still happening. Don’t dump all of your money into anyone thing. I prep a little so its just when I have spare cash I buy a little silver or a solar panel. I would say if your 60 or above it probably won’t matter. Then prep for your kids.

      • WSP

        I see that—collapse in reverse order. The DOW was at 6500 in 2008, it at almost 18,000 now so it has “tripled in reverse”—-man, imagine the losses you would have sustained if you bought the DOW at 6500 and had to suffer through all these gains—-the horror!

    • http://ttstblog.blogspot.Com/ Really20

      The debt-based monetary system we have now subordinates us to private banks, while a gold-based system would give undue leverage to foreign powers (and banks who deliberately try to call in their gold to debase the currency and engineer financial “panics” every few years for their own ultimate benefit). What we need is a sovereign money system, with money created in an amount set by an independent board in the Treasury free of debt, and spent out by Congress as part of the federal expenditure or sent as transfer payments to the states.

      • WSP

        Sure Really20—we do “need” that but we are not going to “Get it”—-THE GOOD GUYS LOST (WE)—-THE BAD GUYS (EVIL) WON.

        It is time for us all to face the reality that we lost, they will bankrupt us and its over. No point saying the same thing over and over again. We had a chance to do something and instead we watched football or sat around and complained. While we were doing that the crime syndicate close the door on any chance we have for freedom again.

        HUMANITY HAS LOST—EVIL HAS WON. Talking about what “could” or “should” be is pointless. The crime syndicate controls our money and they control us. We are slaves whose sole purpose on earth is to work ourselves to death in service to the evil elites that control our money system.

        • blubal jim

          You are absolutely spot on. Welcome to the new normal. In a couple of yrs we’ll be looking back on today and referring to it as the “good ol’ days”.

  • Orange Jean

    Financially I’m not better off, but at least I’m fortunate I make enough to support myself. I’m only worse off in whatever degree inflation kicks in, to the extent of things I can’t control…. like cost of housing, taxes, food increasing etc.

    Since I was very very poor when I was young (including homeless and hungry), it would take a lot for me to think I’m not doing OK though… plus I find that over time I care less and less about owning “stuff”.

    Health wise, I’m worse off…. but it’s an age thing mostly. I do try to count my blessings, that since I’m doing OK financially I can make do even when I have to have increases in health care costs.

  • piccadillybabe

    All these parttime jobs are perfect for reitrees who just want to work parttime. Most retirees are on Medicare anyway, so no extra medical insurance for employers to pay. It’s hard for any generation starting out but one needs to learn the finer details of frugality and learn how to live on what one makes. Some people throw money away without a care and wonder where it all went and others have made a science out of how to live frugally and well. Frozen turkeys can be had dirt cheap at the grocery stores around Thanksgiving for as little as 0.48 cents/lb. The rest of the trimmings can also be had very inexpensively if you know how and when to shop.

  • Rburns

    Why should someone working on a car assembly line be paid 18+ an hour. Capitalism makes the rules. People talk about freedom but what they really want is socialism or worse communism. So Megan wants to be a flute player and be paid for it. Well, the market evidently does not want flute players. Megan wants to be paid for a hobby. I know young people who want to be game testers or some other FUN job because that is the national religion ie. entertainment, fun. Well welcome to the real world folks. This is not a new normal. This is the way things have worked for ages. I also know many “middle class” people who have take a lot of cruises and Disney world trips plus own every toy on the market. Boats, ATVs, you name it. Don’t ask me to feel sorry for mismanagement of finances or assume a job is forever. A wise person saves first, lives within their means and prepares for emergencies. Michael is beginning to sound socialistic as if people ought to be guaranteed a good paying job etc. I wonder how many of these poor souls voted for congressmen and presidents who negotiated NAFTA or who supported unions that demanded wages and benefits well beyond what a job is worth. Sadly the best jobs and over paid ones are with the federal government. Go figure. Maybe Megan can get a job playing her flute in a military band.

  • Pickerupperwhatevericanfind

    I wish I could get a federal check. I’m getting tired out here.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    I am better off than I was in 2013. And I will enjoy Turkey day happily because justice triumphs.

  • j h

    I am only better off this Thanksgiving because last Thanksgiving I was in the hospital with a work related accident. I lost 3 fingers on my right hand. I am permanently
    Partially disabled.
    Job wise I am better off in 2008 then I am now. I am making $3.80 cents an hour less now than I was making in 2008.
    I have a daughter getting married next year, a daughter who is a freshman in college and a daughter who is a senior in high school. I pray everyday just too make it each and everyday.
    Friday November 21st I went by our local food pantry and there was a line waiting too get food. I realize it could be me standing in line waiting for food.
    I see a lot of jobs paying between $8 to $10 dollars an hour. How is a person to make a living on those wages and support a family when the price of everything is rising except your wages?

    • blubal jim

      Welcome to the new fundamentally changed America. If you think it’s bad now just wait another yr or two. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  • frank1569

    Meanwhile, Amazon has 10,000 robots on the payroll, Lowes is testing out robo-sales assistants, S.Korea has near-employee-less virtual grocery stores, and ya can now order pizza from an order-bot and have it delivered by drone. And Big Fast Food is more than ready to go full robo.

    That’s at least 5 million American workers who are basically the Walking Dead at this point. That can’t end well.

  • Pig Farmer Bill

    America has taken a turn for the worse. The economic crisis is not being taken seriously, never has. This is the way things are now. The polices of this sociopath prez has stamped it. Prepare best you can, be thankful this year you have ammo.

  • praisehim

    I’m not better of financially, but I’m better off spiritually cause I’ve been leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus my Lord almighty who has given me all the riches in Christ Jesus. I am rich in all spiritual blessings, here and forever in Heaven! Wooooooooo Hoooooooo! I am rich cause Jesus has all things and he uses all things for my benefit, he is the head over all things-all means all and that means cash-ola baby and things and stuff. All the things of earth are for us to use while we are here. that’s it!

    • Ian Beattie

      Amen

  • Tom Dockery

    One person who is better off this year is Michael Shipp,an Obama appointed judge,who recently declined to recuse himself from the NJ sports investing case,despite having a brother who played in the NFL,one of the plaintiffs in the case.Mr.Shipp’s only problem is an injury to one of his arm s which occurred when lifting that satchel placed outside of his doorstep by the bagman.

  • sherlock32555

    Worse for me than last year!

  • GSOB

    Can the enemy imagine a better ally than
    ‘the rapture generation’?
    The rapture generation has interest only in being raptured out of the problems of history.
    An added picture is often drawn with such preaching….
    suddenly,… on the freeways,
    … there will be a huge pile up of vehicles because the rapture generation has disappeared!
    The ‘rapture generation’ is a useless generation.
    The world will go from bad to worse in this pessimistic viewpoint.

  • GSOB

    “Now bring me the enemies who didn’t want me to be their king. Kill them while I watch!”

  • Hot Rain

    If you take care of your grandson full time, talk to Social Security and other agencies. They have help for you. Don’t be a patsy like spending your money while the parents get the benefits. Just saying.

  • Randy Townsend

    Simply points out the tremendous double standard the MSM employs to shield the Anointed One from not only the same scrutiny, but the same standard other administrations are evaluated by. Jobs are gone, people are permanently unemployed (not just retired due to age) that want to work, the jobs that have been created are relatively low-paying or part time, and the numbers are spun to make things look rosey…. Most of us are not that ignorant.

  • Mondobeyondo

    My Thanksgiving will be a little better this year. I’ll have enough to afford a turkey, but that’s pretty much it. Still broke, and recovering from that 5-year-long financial beatdown… But I’m still thankful and grateful. I have a job now. Last year, my Thanksgiving dinner consisted of biscuits and chicken drumsticks from the food bank. They ran out of turkeys.

    Yes, please do take a moment or two and realize how lucky and blessed you are, if you are able to plan/cook/afford a decent Thanksgiving dinner, family and friends to invite over for your feast, have a roof over your head, electricity, gas and running water. There are people out there who don’t have any of those.

  • blubal jim

    In two yrs time we’ll probably be looking back on today and referring to it as the “good ol’ dayz”.

  • truth

    This was such a perfect quote and response.

  • truth

    Meanwhile the First Nations are celebrating The Day of Mourning, instead of the Colonialist “Thanksgiving” holiday established by genocidal loving Europeans.

    “Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on
    Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the
    US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the
    arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them,
    Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their
    people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their
    culture. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native
    ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a
    day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the
    racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.” – Text of a plaque on Cole’s Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA

    Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

  • Ian Beattie

    WTF..

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