serenbat, I am grateful for my very existence and the very air that I breathe, and for all the diverse and beautiful people and other life forms that I am so blessed to share this planet with! We should all be grateful!
I'm sorry that my attempt to show empathy for struggling families who make just a little more than me, and are therefore cut off from some helpful resources, has somehow offended you and given you the impression that I'm sitting here calculating just how many hours of availability for work I can schedule and still keep all my benefits at their current levels, because I can assure you I'm not. I make myself as available as I can be while still meeting the needs of myself and my family.
I take pride in doing a terrific job, and I love my work, and I was thrilled lately when I learned that I got an .85c raise starting in January. I don't know if it will affect our benefits like my previous increase did, but I wouldn't want to undo it even if it did. I'm much more interested in improving my skills and my earning capacity than I am in hanging onto benefits that I think are likely to vanish, anyhow, if our economy goes completely over the cliff as it may. I don't know what will even happen with my job in that case -- I'm just saying I love learning and doing everything I can to be in the very best possible position to meet the needs of my family and give my best to society, too.
As I've already said, I was just trying to express empathy to all those who are struggling but making just a tad too much to get any help. No offense or impression of being ungrateful was ever intended.