OPINION - Here's the kind of sharing economy we really need
Here's a simple proposition: When these unprecedented restrictions on normal interactions end, which they will eventually, those of us whose cash flow hasn't been interrupted should heed the needs of those we know who aren't so fortunate.
And then spend some of that money at local small businesses.
Better yet, if you haven't already, start spending some of your money now. Surprise a son or daughter with cash in an envelope. Buy a gift card. Order something from businesses that deliver. Treat yourself to a restaurant meal delivered to your door. Spend Local.
The Associated Press reported on March 9, which seems like six years rather than six weeks ago, that President Trump said, "Government intervention is needed so hourly wage workers, 'don't get penalized for something that's not their fault.'" Emphasis added.
Good idea. But government intervention has a timeline all its own and lots of people you may know need help now.
Think about where your next pay check is coming from. Now think about someone who has no idea if there will even be a next paycheck. Think about that monthly check you receive from the federal government. It's called social SECURITY for a reason. Or that pension payment you earned. Now think about trying to figure out which bills to pay next month.
Granted, for too many people living on a pension and/or that monthly government check, it's already tough to make ends meet. But plenty of people in Southwest Portland living comfortable lives in retirement can spare more than a dime.
It certainly wouldn't kill some of us with a catastrophe-proof cash flow to spend less on ourselves and more on someone trying to survive in an economy that's unkind compared to what we experienced.
That person could be a stranger or could be family. It's human nature to put family first, if you can, but don't stop there.
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