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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:28 AM
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Dot started working at thirteen. Married at fifteen.
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Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 09:28 AM by kpete
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Dots life has been every bit as hard as Patsys. Harder really, because Dot has lived twice as long as Patsy Cline managed to, and she looks it. By the time my people hit sixty, we look like a bunch of hypertensive red-faced toads in a phleghm-coughing contest. Doctors tell us that we have blood in our cholesterol, and the cops tell us there is alcohol in that blood. True to our class, Dottie is disabled by heart trouble, diabetes, and several other diseases. Her blood pressure is so high the doctor thought the pressure device was broken. And she is slowly going blind to boot.

Trouble is, insurance costs her as much as rent. Her old man makes $8 an hour washing cars at a dealership, and if everything goes just right they have about $55 a week left for groceries, gas and everything else. But if an extra expense as small as $30 comes in, they compensate by not filling one of Dots prescriptionsor two or three of themin which case she gets sicker and sicker until they can afford the co-pay to refill the prescriptions again. At fifty-nine, these repeated lapses into vessel-popping high blood pressure and diabetic surges pretty much guarantee that she wont collect Social Security for long after she reaches sixty-three, if she reaches sixty-three

from:
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/04/24/here-is-a-barre... /
http://www.amazon.com/Deer-Hunting-Jesus-Dispatches-Ame...
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  -Dot started working at thirteen. Married at fifteen. kpete  Apr-24-11 09:28 AM   #0 
  - Life  Turbineguy   Apr-24-11 09:34 AM   #1 
  - Dot should pull her self up by her bootstraps and get a job with healthcare benefits  jpak   Apr-24-11 09:36 AM   #2 
  - yup. Lots of jobs for older half blind wore out women  Liberal_in_LA   Apr-24-11 07:22 PM   #22 
  - Sounds like Dot is reaping what she sowed.  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 09:38 AM   #3 
  - woosh nt  sudopod   Apr-24-11 10:19 AM   #5 
  - Backatcha.  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 10:51 AM   #10 
  - Don't we all? We are all the product of our decisions.  immoderate   Apr-24-11 10:36 AM   #9 
  - The point being, as well, that even making the "right "decisions doesn't keep you from being born  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 10:53 AM   #11 
     - Yes, the apparent "gentility" fooled me...  immoderate   Apr-24-11 06:02 PM   #12 
     - Maybe I should drink more; then my humor won't be so dry.  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 06:18 PM   #14 
     - .  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 06:13 PM   #13 
     - I spoke with a couple of relatives today  xmas74   Apr-24-11 07:11 PM   #20 
  - Your empathy attempts are sorry failures  lunatica   Apr-24-11 07:34 PM   #24 
  - Shaka, when the walls fell.  Brickbat   Apr-24-11 09:27 PM   #33 
  - You don't understand sarcasm, do you? nt  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 11:52 PM   #42 
  - LOL. Man, time is going to kick your ass all over the room.  cliffordu   Apr-25-11 11:51 AM   #50 
     - Not a problem at all!  Brickbat   Apr-25-11 03:10 PM   #51 
        - Really - walking shoes and ONE glass of red wine a night.......  cliffordu   Apr-25-11 03:49 PM   #52 
  - Dot is falling to pieces faster than  malaise   Apr-24-11 09:55 AM   #4 
  - Maybe she's crazy. Maybe she's just walking in the moonlight.  Scuba   Apr-24-11 10:20 AM   #7 
  - Welcome to Paul Ryan's vision of America.  Scuba   Apr-24-11 10:20 AM   #6 
  - "We're spending too much on education..." Mind is blown.  FormerDittoHead   Apr-24-11 10:23 AM   #8 
  - Tell me why Lincoln didn't allow South Carolina to secede from the union again? nt  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 11:49 PM   #41 
  - Does Dot vote republican? If she does, she does not get it, and I must  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 06:20 PM   #15 
  - Once again you show just how cold blooded you are,  MadHound   Apr-24-11 06:56 PM   #19 
  - well, why is she voting republican ?  JI7   Apr-24-11 07:16 PM   #21 
  - So just let her die because of the way she voted?  MadHound   Apr-24-11 07:28 PM   #23 
  - Noting in the article mentions Dot voting at all  Bluenorthwest   Apr-24-11 07:35 PM   #25 
  - i asked why she voted republican and that i didn't have compassion, i don't need to have compassion  JI7   Apr-24-11 07:49 PM   #27 
  - NO. She is sentencing herself to death by the way she votes. And, more  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 07:53 PM   #28 
     - Yes, apparently your humanity is severely tested,  MadHound   Apr-24-11 10:22 PM   #36 
     - wow!  Chris_Texas   Apr-25-11 04:43 AM   #43 
  - Have the Democrats ever appealed to her in terms that are meaningful to her?  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-24-11 10:06 PM   #34 
     - Joe once asked her if she would vote for a president who implemented health care for all  eridani   Apr-24-11 11:25 PM   #38 
     - More, have they ever done more than talk one way then vote the other  Chris_Texas   Apr-25-11 04:44 AM   #44 
        - That's what I see--talking one way and then excessively "compromising" with the corporatists  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-25-11 09:00 AM   #47 
  - I will match the dollars that I contribute and the time that I contribute to  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 07:56 PM   #29 
     - No, the Democrats are damn fools for not appealing directly to people like Dot  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-24-11 10:09 PM   #35 
     - Well, first of all, this isn't about your philanthropy,  MadHound   Apr-24-11 10:25 PM   #37 
     - Are you kidding me. Voters that vote republican sentence thousands  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 11:45 PM   #39 
        - You are a piece of work. I will dance.  tkmorris   Apr-25-11 04:56 AM   #46 
        - You're not? Could have fooled me, judging by your posts.  MadHound   Apr-25-11 11:41 AM   #49 
     - You think democrats at the national level represent the poor?  Chris_Texas   Apr-25-11 04:45 AM   #45 
  - She probably doesn't vote at all since she knows  lunatica   Apr-24-11 07:36 PM   #26 
     - Great insight, Nader voter. You are one of the "there is no difference"  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 08:01 PM   #30 
        - You're assuming and making an ass out of yourself  lunatica   Apr-24-11 09:26 PM   #32 
           - I know enough about the "there is no difference between the parties" balloon  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 11:47 PM   #40 
  - It makes me ANGRY that this is happening in the wealthiest country on Earth.  Odin2005   Apr-24-11 06:30 PM   #16 
  - What does her brother Dash think about this?  Blue-Jay   Apr-24-11 06:32 PM   #17 
  - I started working at age 11 (family business.. I had no choice)  SoCalDem   Apr-24-11 06:47 PM   #18 
  - You are right, but it takes education and the ability to see a future  bluestate10   Apr-24-11 09:01 PM   #31 
  - I listened for two minutes and just had to turn if off.  olegramps   Apr-25-11 09:30 AM   #48 
 

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