Well, at least until he returns to the game of golf. Melette and I can’t seem to figure out why in the world he had that press conference. He said he was working out things in private. Ok. And that he would return to the game of golf and making tons of money for his endorsements once he was ready. Ok. So he felt the need to take up media time, why?
I have to agree with the sentiments against labeling Mr. Woods as a “kid” who needs a “break”. He is not an ordinary 20 year old or something Tiger Woods is a 34 year old married, ivy-league-educated father who makes a nice living with his image. While I think his earnings and status will be impacted permanently (it definitely would not have hurt him to be more sociable to the press), he will be more than okay in the cash department.
We also talked about the sad conclusion to the life of five-year-old Shaniya Davis of Fayetteville, North Carolina. It was so hard to believe that her mother had been released, after the horrible things she allowed to happen to her own daughter, but it was a welcome change to see the search for a missing black girl in the mainstream media.
Next we discussed the pros and cons of an obesity tax on less healthy foods, as suggested by commentator and comedian Bill Maher. While it would be a good way to deter people from eating some kinds of foods, it would be bad for those who need assistance with portion control and those who live in food deserts, places where healthy food is unavailable (usually low income urban areas and rural areas).
We ended the conversation with a discussion of the long-reaching effects of the recession, based on the findings that the United States is now home to more long-term homeless than have ever been recorded (since 1948). The stories of the Eisens, a middle aged (and until recently middle class) couple who depend on food banks to eat and make too much money for food assistance (but only make two hundred dollars more per month than their income) and the Booth family (a single parent family with three children whose parent has been out of work for two years) and the dilemmas each face. We talked about health care and how because of the Eisens’ inability to finance prescriptions, they are a medical emergency waiting to happen. We also talked with the chat room folks about the issues facing women with children who are out of work who still need to provide for their needs. I guess this kind of thing happens when a country goes from a budget surplus to a budget deficit in under a decade.