It’s time to dig into your pockets. Dig like you’re in a church pew (I once heard in a church…from a pastor…”We like the money that jingles, but we love the money that folds”. Sigh) Time to send Mommy, “Mother Dear” and “Pop Pop” a check, brothers and sisters!
Kansas City Star: The economic recession has had a “devastating impact” on African Americans age 45 and up, according to a new survey by AARP.
The survey, which is part of AARP’s continued look at how African Americans age 45 and older are faring in this economy, found that over the last year:
— 33 percent of African Americans age 45 and older had problems paying rent or mortgage.
— 44 percent had problems paying for essential items, such as food and utilities.
— 18 percent lost a job, nearly twice the rate of the general population.
— 23 percent lost their employer-sponsored health care.
If people who are of working age are doing pretty bad, I can’t imagine how the retirees and those on Social Security are managing. I’m reminded of those heating old and electric bill subsidy commercials that come on in the winter that always have some “assumed” poor, elderly African American in them. The person is always sitting at home by an old school electric heater, wrapped up in a blanket and wearing a hat. Those commercials remind me to call and check on my mom and my grandmother. This information makes me think I should cast my net of concern a little wider this time of year. Maybe we all should.