Posted by: Puma1 | April 27, 2009

HEARTACHE: In South Carolina, Despair, Economic Calamity Among Obama Supporters Since His Inauguration (WaPo)

Greenwood, South Carolina’s city council woman, Edith Childs, known for firing up a crowd during an Obama event in 2008 with “We’re Fired Up! And Ready to Go!” is trying to keep morale and spirit up in a town hit hard by the economic downturn…

Across the dark living room, one of Childs’s favorite pictures is displayed on a worn coffee table. It shows Childs with her arms wrapped around Barack Obama, his hand on her back, her eyes glowing. They met at a rally attended by 37 supporters on a rainy day in 2007, when Childs responded to Obama’s sluggishness on stage with an impromptu chant: “Fired up! Ready to go!” …The chant caught on. “Fired up!” people began saying at rallies…She was Edith Childs, fired up and ready to go…

But now, as Obama nears the 100-day milestone of his presidency, Childs suffers from constant exhaustion…

On Day 4 of his presidency, the Solutia textile plant laid off 101 workers….On Day 50, the hospital fired 200 employees and warned of further job cuts…On Day 78, the town’s newly elected Democratic mayor, whose campaign was inspired partly by his admiration for Obama, summarized Greenwood’s accelerating fragility. “This is crippling us, and there’s no sign of it turning around,” Welborn Adams said…

On Day 88, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that South Carolina had set a record for its highest unemployment rate in state history, at 11.4 percent. Greenwood’s unemployment is 13 percent — more than twice what it was when Childs first started chanting.

“We have a lot of people who live in cold houses, with no jobs and no food,” Childs says…

Now Obama is president, and she still believes he will help rescue Greenwood County. But her enthusiasm has faded into a wary optimism…

Evon Hackett, 38, lost her job on Day 20 of Obama’s presidency. She was nearing the end of her Friday afternoon shift on the assembly line at Tyco Healthcare, stuffing three packets of diapers into each passing cardboard box for $8.59 an hour, when a manager asked to see her. Hackett cleaned out her locker on the way to his office…

Since then, mounting frustration has compelled her to distribute 50 résumés at a local job fair and to make road trips to factories in Clinton, Greenville and Abbeville…

She voted for Obama and still holds out hope for the man she calls a “people’s president,” but she’s not interested in hearing his stories about flying to Europe or fighting pirates. “I guess he’s just working his way down the list, and he’ll get to us,” she says…

via In South Carolina Town, Economic Calamity Since Obama’s Inauguration – washingtonpost.com.

This is all I am posting from this heartrending article, because no amount of excerpts could possibly do it justice. It is a heartbreaking, must-read reminder to 1) be grateful for what you have, 2) NEVER put your faith in man, and 3) keep working, toiling, working, hoping, working, praying, and working until real change comes!

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