What does it mean to be a hard worker and live life as honestly as possible? I’m a single dad that has worked all his life and I have tried to be the best farther that I can be. My story started in September of 2008. I was working in a small-time lumber yard in a small town called Jewett City, Connecticut, when I was given the chance to do the right thing and to be honest. I was asked about an order and why the order was priced wrong. I thought that I should just shut up and say nothing and let the thief get away. I didn’t. I told others about what had happened and I felt good that the truth was out: the manger was stealing from the customer. Now I want to know what the difference is between what is right and wrong. I did what was right and I lost everything: my job, my house, and my life.
Why do people that deal drugs and make their money off of people like me get so far ahead in life? I think that it’s because they don’t care; they get away with it, so why not. People like me are small and insignificant and we don’t matter. For the last two years, I have struggled to pick myself up and move to a better tomorrow, and have gotten nowhere. The poor economy has given the employer the right to use and abuse people like me. Pay me little and work me hard, and when the time comes for the raise, drop me hard and move on to the next poor slob that will do the work for nothing. To me, this is just like slavery: pay us enough to just to meet the rent and bills but to go without insurance and food.
Well, here it comes again. I just spent the last three months working for a man that paid me minimum wage as a subcontractor, worked me sixty hours a week, and then dropped me like a bad habit when I asked when would I advance in pay. Now that I have gotten myself back to a life where I no longer have to collect money from the government, I have to go back to the life of the poor, even though I wasn’t to far from it. Now my son and I will have to move into a shelter again until the next job comes along.
I see that if life is hard know that life will be harder ten years from now. The Republicans want to cut the minimum wage down and increase the taxes for everyone, not just the rich. This country isn’t going to move forward, it never has. President Lincoln’s war on slavery didn’t end it, it just made it humane. We don’t force just the blacks to work for a house and food, it is all races that suffer now. The jobs that we the poor work, for $7.25 an hour, are the things that the rich don’t want to do for themselves. We the poor cook their food, pour their coffee, and clean their clothes. Why? Just because we’re not smart enough or not pretty enough. To me, that is bull. I can do all the things that a fat cat can, I just don’t fit the bill of what world see as good enough.
We take in and protect animals and trees but walk over the homeless person sleeping in the street; we say it’s their fault that they are the way they are. Stop and ask that man or women their story and maybe you’ll see that they are just people that lost a loved one or a job. Maybe that’s how they got where they are. I’ll tell you one thing that I do know: most of us will never get off the street if things don’t change soon. We as a country have the ability to change the way we live, but have no desire to change it. As long as we have what we need and then some, why should we work any harder? Why should we help the homeless or those that have very little? I have helped many people in my lifetime by giving to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, I don’t see how the money we donate helps anyone.
Why should people do what is right when the people we put in charge of it do what is wrong? If we were to help the lowest class first and improve their lives, that would improve the economy. If the homeless were helped in getting jobs, then the need for assistance from the government would go down and the deficit would decrease. The homeless would have money to spend that would increase the supply and demand of products then that would increase the sales, and the demand to have people to create the sales then that would give the companies to hire more people. That would give more of the people that are just getting by more of a chance to make more money and they will have the chance to spend more in the stores. The more money the store makes, the better the wages will become and so on. This is improving the economy from the bottom up not the top down.
This will never happen. The big businesses will make more and leave everything the same so that they can put more into their pockets making the rich richer and the poor left out in the cold. I know this sounds biter and maybe it is, but as the old saying goes, the truth hurts. The truth hurts only those that don’t profit from the lies and the people that tell them. I know I have lived the life of the homeless not because I have a drug addiction or I’m too lazy to get a job but because I live paycheck to paycheck at the minimum wage hourly rate and have had no way to save for my or my son’s future. Now we will go back to the homeless life with our heads held high knowing that I did what was right and stood for the truth. That is why there is no difference between what is right and wrong, because this whole country is wrong.
This is the story of a single dad that has fought to make a place in this world for his son to live and feel safe in a home made with hard work and love. This is a story that so many people in this country live every day.