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What I am reading now: “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010” by Charles Murray

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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
 

Coming Apart (you can get it at above Amazon link for $13.00) starts off just right.  Murray argues that American history can be divided into before JFK was assassinated and after JFK.  Interesting.  He provides many arguments why that is the case and I have to agree with him.  It was the visible dividing line for the cultural heating up of America and its economy and the beginning of the ultra rich in America that made black billionaires possible like Oprah.

I like the book because he does something that most books don’t do: he talks about the middle class (the white definition that would be rich for a black person) and what it means.  I love talk about money and economy and wealth.

I started out life middle class and was never one of the hungry who had to go to an Ivy school, even though I could have if I wanted to.  I married stupid and young.  My ex husband thought like his friends that being on welfare as a young, single black male in Chicago was no big deal.  In fact it seemed de rigeur for many. 

My family had never been on welfare or used food stamps and I did not know what it was all about.  He enrolled the family on welfare after we got married and I had my first two children thanks to the health care provided by the government.   We were on AFDC as it was called them for a few years.  After we divorced I immediately got a job.  Years later, I was a college dropout, I returned to college, graduated and got a real job and a real career.

Yes, I make more money than ever and have everything I want and need including a big house that I share with a gray cat, and a new silver gray Ford Focus that’s pretty good on gas.  It is possible for a single mother, former welfare and food stamp user to get a degree and live on their own.

I got my new car ford focus hatchback

I got top dollar for my Escape so I am going for this car in a dark gray metallic. I did not wait for hybrid because they are more expensive and the mpg is not much diff.

I drove it home today and I am just over the moon about it. It was sitting in the lot waitingf for me and they said a whole lot of people wanted to buy it when they saw the color and I added a moon roof.

2012 Ford (earth-day) Focus–my next car

 another Ford

 

I am just over the moon about my new car.

I got the color in the photo had a specialI just bought another Ford.   I saw that Ford redesigned and brought back the Focus in a gas model. Then I called to see one and get a price on my Escape for possible trade in. When I went in with the car I got nearly 10K with trade and extras they threw in. No kidding.

I decided against the hybrid because I bike to work and save money on insurance for that reason alone.  The gas mileage is great already and won’t be much improved with a hybrid since it is a small car.

BTW Ford is also coming out with an all-electric car too. But the range is not the same as the hybrid whose range will be 500 miles. If airlines keep hiking their fares I will have to drive anywhere in the states I want to go.

When I retire I can also have the car shipped to France because it will be paid for.