I kinda feel like we need to say this more but: we're in the middle of a pandemic that we really hoped would be done by now and it isn't, so if you're not doing very well right now, it's really not your fault!!
Like, I am actually doing Not So Great because (a) it's been a YEAR and a year is a very long time and a sort of anniversaryish thing and (b) logical or not, I was hoping for more...relief when Biden was inaugurated.
I had hope that we were going to have a Real Lockdown and a few weeks later the pandemic would be basically over and we would also get $2000 checks to help with all the bills.
And, uh, maybe I missed something but that hasn't happened and now it doesn't seem like it's going to happen, and all the people I was depending on to help pressure the White House and Blue Senators are instead telling folks that they don't actually DESERVE relief money.
So it was already feeling a little like we had been left to just...deal on our own, and then the snowpocalypse hit and we were DOUBLE left to deal on our own, and...anyway, yeah. I don't know that it's "okay" to be depressed right now, but a lot of us are together.
Idk, I just feel like I need a month or three to self-care and that's obviously not going to happen but I thought it might at least help to tell others that you're not alone.
I guess what I'm saying is that I feel a very lonely sort of feeling and I miss feeling like we were All In This Together and not being left On Your Own To Deal With Things Alone.
Which is not to say that I don't have community on here (I do!) or that I don't appreciate you (I do! So much!!!) but just to say that something in the blizzard broke me a little and I am trying to duct-tape my heart back together.
...it's a super-cool thing that my thread about depression has drawn out people to yell at me that I need to give Biden more of a chance. When, again, I really felt that in 2020 we all agreed that he was (a) NOT the "best choice" and (b) would need LOTS of pushing from us.
I miss that feeling of so many folks being on the same page that we needed to work together to push our leaders left and that none of them were perfect or even doing enough.
Thank you so much. It's hard how much that isn't being acknowledged here. We're supposed to show up to work tomorrow like nothing happened. (We were supposed to show up to work WHILE it was happening, even.)
Anyway, idk, but be gentle with yourself and self-care however you can right now.
This is what I'm talking about; we've had this Overton shift in talking about covid relief money as something to help people stay home during a pandemic and now it's being defined as something people must show a need in order to deserve.
I want everyone to get covid relief money as (a) a stepping stone to normalizing Universal Basic Income and (b) so people can *stay home* and the pandemic will stop.

But you say this and people act like you're just greedy.
Anyway. I'm sorry if this is a bad thread and a bad take. I was mostly trying to share my depression in case someone else found it useful to hear they aren't alone. I'm sorry.

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This just sounds like "means testing means testing means testing"?

I don't care what someone is making in salary, or whether they went to a public or private school. If their debt can be legally cancelled, let's do it.

No "targeting" needed.
This isn't captioned but I think she says "He said previously that relief over $10,000 should be targeted based on income, the type of debt in question" and the type of school and, like, why is Biden nickel and diming us with every relief measure?

Help everyone!
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The increased costs in food and toiletries, the delivery fees in order to be contactless, the higher tips we pay gladly because essential workers are in a special hell right now and deserve better than their shitty employers will pay them.
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2019: "Thank you for calling the office of Doctor X. To schedule an appointment, press 1."

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