@aetataureate Agreed- I know it wasn't intentional, but I'd expect to have to pay it back because companies generally only pay relocation fees when they're expecting to get a long-term employee. (That said, I wouldn't say a word about it in the hopes it's overlooked. It seems I'm okay with screwing over corporate America.)
Wait, you’re eating canned beans instead of cooking them from dried, and baby carrots instead of whole ones? Spendthrift! (Just kidding of course. My husband and I did the same thing in our first few years of marriage, but our personalities and situations were such that it didn’t feel so hard. Hang in there, and think about ways to keep it from being miserable, even if it does mean setting back your payoff date a little bit.)
@stuffisthings I do consider debt a moral obligation... if I signed a contract, I mean to stick to it. Companies and rich people are WRONG not to do so, and I wish we didn't let them get away with it.
@Latoya Peterson@twitter I know a number of single moms on government aid, and none of them have ever had the money to pay for a rental car or hotel room themself. Sure, I find credit cards make my life a lot easier, but their main potential for low-income people is to make their live HARDER when they have to pay the bills or run from creditors. Considering them an important stepping stone is middle-class folly.
There are purportedly charitable programs out there that encourage women on welfare to get credit cards? What is wrong with America?
@BananaPeel I didn't listen to the show, but if expecting people to keep track of their money so they don't need to get bailed out by other people is Victorian moralizing, I'm okay with that bit of Victorianism.
What jerks. I think suicide should be legal, but killing their pets in a horrible way and putting emergency crews at risk was horribly selfish.
@stuffisthings What if we recognized that even with this in existence, we'd be more comfortable and put other people at less risk if we put some thought into taking care of ourselves?
@stuffisthings Absolutely true. But the basis of that working also requires individuals to take some responsibility for themselves. Read this link: http://scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook/2012/11/01/but-what-if-nothing-happens/ My favorite quote from it: The message of “I prepared and nothing happened” is not “I wasted my time and resources” as our culture so often tells us. Instead, it is ”I was ready. I was ready to care for myself, ready to step up and aid others. I did all I could to avoid being a victim and thus endangering others (rescue workers) and placing demands on what could have been a strapped emergency system. I stepped up, so that those who cannot step up due to poverty, lack of a home, disability, age, ill-health can be protected.”
@deepomega Agreed- it shouldn't be too hard to do an analysis of places that are much more likely to be devastated by storms and for the government to state in advance, "We're not going to help you rebuild if this happens again." (You can bet insurance companies already know where those places are.)