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  •  The Rs accomplished another part of their mission (7+ / 0-)

    To destroy the "middle class".

    Tipped & rec'ed

    •  The Conservatives. Not Just Republicans nt (3+ / 0-)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:05:50 AM PST

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    •  Too easy. Let's spread a little bit of that (1+ / 0-)
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      blame around -- include universities that have become ridiculously expensive while providing an education that is worth relatively less and less.

      Back in the 70s, I also dropped out of college.  I quit after my freshman year when my parents' promised assistance evaporated.  I spent a year working as a janitor, paid a few outstanding bills, then went back, but...

      there was a giant difference between these girls' story and mine -- and it wasn't me.

      I graduated from a decent State University with both undergraduate and master's degrees and $700 debt back in the 70s.

      Worked a number of jobs along the way, but...
      I don't think I could get enough jobs to mange the equivalent of that today -- which, if I remember the numbers correctly, would be about $3,000 in debt.

      The bills I had to clear up when I dropped out were minor compared to what kids get hit with today.  How did you dig out from that and go on?

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:51:50 AM PST

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    •  The GI bill after WWII gave higher education (3+ / 0-)

      oportunities to millions who would never have been able to afford it and helped create the robust economy that expanded the middle class and made my generation (I'm 65) so successful in that reguard.

      The next generation took that for granted and began to lose ground.

      The current generation must fight to regain the American dream.

      Welcome to the Repuplican nightmare now showing in your current reality.

      Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

      by arealniceguy on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 06:25:06 AM PST

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      •  The Government changed the GI BILL drastically (2+ / 0-)
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        in the 90s.

        The VA does everything it can to discourage most of us from using it, or using it all. They have a financial incentive to do so. So please do not blame veterans for this, when the VA screws so many of us out of our GI Bills.

        I was on the deans list. I accomplished a great deal, and I was very close to graduation, then I got very ill right after having children. The VA person told me I could not take a break without loosing my funding. I was so sick I couldn't get out of bed. So my money is all gone now, because that baby didn't come with a seabag.

        That's it.

        It took me longer than 10 years because of issues due to my service, and when I was () this close to graduating, they finally found a way to screw me out of the opportunity to be a college graduate. That is after what I would call constant administrative harassment to boot.

        No one cares. I have said this before and I will say it again. No one cares how smart you are. No one cares, and if you fall, there are hundreds of others waiting to fill your space, because you are  a dime a dozen. That is the message I got from the VA, from the mafia we call college admissions, and from America in general.

        If I were a "winner" I would have won by now, so move along, nothing to see here.

        My mother and sister finally graduated with enormous financial debt. Both are gainfully employed. My mother who has the most debt from private loans, cannot pay hers, because the collections agency that bought her debt wants 900 dollars a month, and will not take less than that for payments. She is in default.

        No one cares. We are just poor trash blowing in the wind.

        Thanks 'Merica.

        Bitter rant over.

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