The whole New Orleans tragedy and contraversy even has Jeromites talking. Last night we joined friends for dinner. The host, who happens to have quite a bit of money (all of which she earned in business) commented that it was the people who were stranded - their fault, for not getting help. "Those people are so used to being taken care of, they could have at least walked and searched for help," she said. It stimulated conversation around blame and how 'those people' were just doing what they were told and of course if they had money and resources from the beginning, could have left like the others. It made me think about how Republicans view the poor, as if it is their choice because in many eyes, they could be as successful as, lets say, this woman, if they only worked hard enough. Is this true? I don't think so. Many circumstances affect others ability to make it in this world, beyond personal drive. Ironically, later that evening, we were taking a friend home and on the way back up the hill, saw a Jerome local hitchhiking late at night. He is a homeless man. Was in a terrible car accident not long ago, no insurance, now, no teeth and physically not the same. Therefore, he lives on the streets. Very courteous, kind and intelligent man, but yes he is poor and if there were a crisis here, he would have no means of leaving.
People in Jerome typically choose to live simple, even if they have means and education. Not everybody chooses to have a driven lifestyle so they can have things. Does this mean they should be left behind when the going gets tough?