To readers on the west coast this might look cheap, but keep in mind Virginia is a comparatively poor state. Many people in this particular neighborhood get by on minimum wage to the tune of 7 bucks an hour.
The other day I was in a hair salon, and one of the clerks (who wasn’t even waiting on me) started complaining about how bad business was in their building. She then blurted out that her personal finances were stretched to the limit, she was in talks to start staying with her mother, and she wished President Obama would get fired.
Shocked by her casual honesty with total strangers, I could simply stammer in reply that everyone in Washington ought to be fired.
When that kind of conversation happens in a place of business on a Friday night that used to be busy – it’s a sign that Washington has lost the rest of the country. And for me, it’s a sad reflection on the plight of many hardworking people in my community.
That’s what it’s like to live in Virginia in 2011.
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