As much as I joke about Kizzie the cat's supposed reaction to running out of food, that incident served as a bit of a wake up call. I have been faithfully shopping sales and canning and dehydrating everything I can lay my hands on. But after taking an inventory of my food storage, I find that there are gaping holes that need to be filled - mostly items that I can't make at home but have to purchase.
I have no idea what our government is going to do. They may come up with an eleventh hour temporary solution - or not. What I do know is that those in power have done their level best to inflict as much pain as possible on our citizens. It is a level of meanness that I didn't think possible in my homeland. And along with those acts of cruelty come the threats to the most vulnerable of citizens. I don't care what your opinion is of those relying on the EBT program to feed their families or of those who rely on Social Security or of those receiving veterans benefits. These people should not, under any circumstances, be used as pawns by those who are supposed to have the best interests of all Americans at heart.
So I have some decisions to make in the next few days. Do I hold on to the wee bit of cash I have been able to put aside so that I will be able to pay my rent for a while should my Social Security check not arrive, or do I fill the holes in my food storage. Can't do both.
I think what irritates me the most is that I have worked hard my whole life without making use of government welfare programs. Even when times were tough, I refused to give in, but worked harder and made do with what I had. And now my very survival is being threatened so that some politician can blame some other politician for the fix we are in.
God help us.