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The Paranoia of Poverty: A Rant

Updated on July 6, 2011

Fear Mongering: Just One of my Many Hobbies

Fear is creeping into and slowly but surely infiltrating the hearts, minds, and very souls of ordinary Americans. The sheer terror of the random collection call from a creditor, the frightening spectre of even the possibility of losing their homes, not too mention their cars and all of the stuff they have so insidiously and arduously accumulated over the years.

This is the worst part of the recession in my humble opinion. Why do people say humble opinion? If they were really humble they wouldn't offer an opinion, would they?

What about fear of losing one's life savings? Well, I would not go as far as that because an overwhelming portion of the general population OF THE ENTIRE WORLD does not have two dimes to rub together, much less personal savings.

Our parents had it pretty good now that we look back on it. The 50s and 60s were such innocent years. Ahhhhh.

Enter 2009: We, all of us, every single good goddammed one of us idiots is getting raped repeatedly with hot pokers. Figuratively speaking, of course, since actual rape, at least if it happened to me, would be preferable to losing all of one's money, property, and, in the case of JOB LOSS, even the ability to repay debt, were we so inclined to do so. That's right, the banks have screwed us over so badly that we can't pay them back now even if we wanted to, which, of course, we don't.

Word of advice, people: Banks are not your buddies.

Stunned silence. Shock. Scratch myself.

Back to reality: nowadays we are locked in our homes, afraid to go outside lest we get pulled over by the cops for expired registration tabs. We don't have much money for gas anyway so why bother? Better to sit home and watch Netflix, smoke a roach, and veg out completely than face the cruel world beyond the threshold.

Actually, I have found that smoking weed can actually make you more paranoid, not to mention delusional. Just how delusional one actually gets depends on which dispensary one goes to in the city. If you've never been to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary you owe it to yourself. I am, of course, just talking to the Liberals such as myself out there. I can only assume that all self-respecting-loathing Republicants have already tuned out of this rant.

Because that is what it is: A RANT. Pretty good one too, huh? Hey, this is fun, just writing anything that comes to mind. Like a live, improv comedy act.

But wait, I am losing the dire tone in my diatribe. The word diatribe is funny, huh? Like a tribe that all gets diarrhea at the same time.

I digress. Or I digest.

Fear. Black, trembling, out-of-your skull paralyzing shit in your pants FEAR with a capital F as in I am so totally FUCKED Fear. That kind of Fear. The kind that makes you think that if you saw it coming down the sidewalk you night think to yourself, hey, it might be wise right around now to cross the fucking street.

Because that's one statistic they don't show you. A lot of people (not all) that get mugged are complete imbeciles. And what I mean by that is that they have very low I.Q.s. Low common sense. You don't need to be some sort of I.Q. doctor (?) to know that if you park your piece-of-shit-car on some side street in a sketchy neighborhood that you may be in for a rude awakening of sorts. A re-arranging of your parts if you will.

That's all the time I have for now. More rants to come soon.



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    • bludstream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you saddlerider1. Unfortunately, times have tested the mettle of even our toughest survivors. I would rather get airlifted into the jungles of Panama (not really) than have to take one more dunning phone call from a collection agency.

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      8 years ago

      Hey bludstream, I loved each and every mouthful of your rant, This is a worldwide epidemic. People now are having more difficulties surviving. Jobs are scarce, credit collectors and banks won't stop their harassment. They want to be paid. People paying the minimum amounts on their over extended credit cards have very likely paid back the principal with the amount of interest charge on each statement, how does on STOP this insanity. Simply write to these and tell them you are no longer sending in payments, take all the interest you paid to them and tell them to apply it to the principal and be done with it. People with degrees, can't find work and as one commented above have to take a minimum wage job to survive. I don't answer any phone call that is not in my address book, it's either a bothersome survey or sales pitch of some kind and or possibly a bill collector. With this drastic economy we are in, they can all wait to be paid, we certainly are not getting paid. Great hub, I rate it UP

    • bludstream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Greek, you make my day. I love the way you write and hope that my work is up to your standards. I am working on turning "The Thing in the Corner" and "The Swamp" into full novels. Might take some time but I will get there!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      It has taken me some time to get here, but I have managed it at last. And very glad I am that I did. :-))

    • bludstream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Valerie. The fear mongering that has kept a tight leash hold on this country for many years needs to be questioned. And when I say questioned, I mean Dich Cheney style water boarding! I would love to say that Republicans are fading away as all the white people get old and die, but the truth is that racism and fear extend to many young people in this country. Just look at Arizona and what they are attempting to do to immigrants.

    • valeriebelew profile image


      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Hey, obviously I'm not a loathed republican, because I liked this rant, which I found by accident while looking for my own hub, Recession Random Rants, to add yet another hub to my collection. I relate to the fear of the random collection call; I simply don't answer my phone for 800 numbers, or calls that aren't coded into my phone. But whenever the dogs start barking, I fear an officer may be coming with a court order, ordering me to appear in court over some credit card debt I can't pay. I hold a Masters Degree, and until my state cut the budget for my services by 24%, made a reasonably good living. Now I work on a part time minimum wage job, the best I've been able to find, and use EBT to pay for about two thirds of my food. Perhaps the problem with republicans is that they tune out, when they should tune in. If they'd stop defending big banks, big insurance, and big Wall Street, perhaps big business wouldn't be forcing near slavery on all the rest of us. Funny thing is most of these far right idiots don't have enough money to pay the taxes they are so worried about. The socialism they fear so much, would actually work to their advantage, if they could get past thinking that only black people are poor. These idiots are poor themselves, and too proud to acknowledge it. They aren't going to suddenly strike it rich, and have to pay the taxes proposed for those earning over $250k annually, so why are they so concerned about "socialism." Well, I guess this was a rant, too. Misery loves good company. Glad I found you. (: v


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