You never really understand the plight of Jordan until you actually try and make a living here and experience just how quickly your monthly salary disappears.
It’s absolutely terrible. The difficulty of attempting to save anything at all. What’s worse is where it goes. I have absolutely no idea.
I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t go to places with 10JD entrance fees. I don’t have a family to support or bills to pay (except for gas). Yet by the end of the month…poof…it’s gone.
What’s more puzzling than the disappearing act my salary pulls is the infinite wondering of how people who make a third of what I make manage to survive and even feed a family. It’s insane.
I know, I know, everyone lives according to the strata of society their income puts them in. Nevertheless. It seems to me that the more a person makes in such a small country, and an even smaller city; that person is bound to spend more.
Maybe I should keep a spreadsheet of where the money goes. Follow the trail.
A recent CSS poll showed that people are increasingly losing their confidence in the Bakhit government, which is obviously nothing new. The government itself is nearing the end of its lifeline anyway. Unemployment, poverty, rising prices and declining living standards were all the major issues those polled were concerned with; again, nothing new. While the poll showed that only a third of Jordanians believe their standards of living have decreased in recent years, I would put the number as high as 80% in my opinion, especially when taking into consideration inflation.
The national poll, made up of 983 respondents from the general public, revealed that 33.5 per cent believed their living standards had declined over the past three years, while the percentage among opinion leaders was 35.6 per cent.
Opinion leaders include former officials, journalists, businessmen, academics and other professionals.
In all, 44 per cent of citizens said their familiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ living conditions had remained unchanged, while among opinion leaders, the figure was 36.4 per cent.
Only 22.1 per cent of citizens said their living conditions had improved.