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  •  There are so many segments of the (20+ / 0-)

    US that are being hit hard now that we could have a "special" march each day of the year. Nurses, teachers, firefighters and even police have some grievances and some fears about cuts and layoffs. We have people losing jobs, losing homes, losing their health insurance and losing their health and getting into horrible debt because of it. We have vets returning home to no jobs and to PTSD and to families that have to adjust and accommodate the returning member. We have vets with health issues, mental health issues, addictions who have come home to find their house has been foreclosed illegally.

    We have workers who are losing pensions, 401ks, other benefits where benefits were once a way for companies to lure workers. We have workers who are making less every year. We have workers who are working two and sometimes even three jobs. We have homeless people and people who are on the edge of homelessness. We have children in poverty, children who are homeless and children who are not getting enough food or health care.

    And we now have voters who are being disenfranchised by the right. Voter id laws, less time for voting, less voting equipment for "special" districts, voting equipment that is suspect, voter scams like robocalls telling people the vote is on Wednesday or telling people "No need to come out and vote, 'our' guy won!"

    We have farmers who buy monsanto seeds and cannot save seeds for next year. We have truckers, farmers, and all kinds of energy dependent folks facing higher energy prices.

    And then we have students who are facing higher than ever tuition costs which will entail for them higher loan costs without any real assurance that the college experience will, in fact, translate to a good job. My daughter was working in a financial aid office. Students at her school in the nursing program find a point in their education where they are either dropped or allowed to continue. And the number dropped is quite substantial. But the aspiring nurses still have to pay the loans they incur even if they don't make the cut.

    I'm sure each of you have your favorite segment and I might have missed some.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 06:58:46 PM PST

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