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  •  Thanks for sharing! (62+ / 0-)

    I'm in the tech industry and have ridden out a few boom and bust cycles myself.  

    Currently I am well-situated, but keenly aware that six months or a year from now, given a few percentage points shift in consumer spending or venture capital, could once again be exactly where you are.

    I too work my butt off, but am hardly a 1%er, maybe more like  a 15%er, but still compared to where I was ten years ago after the crash, it feels comfortable, even luxurious.  

    For all the hard work and striving and investment in my career, my income in real dollar terms has barely budged from the late 90's.  I've been swimming harder and harder against stronger and stronger currents just to tread water and keep my nose above the waves.  

    But still, when I look around the country at my peers, the web of Facebook and LinkedIn friends that I've accumulated since high school and college, I don't feel particularly disadvantaged, but downright lucky.

    There are some in my circle, who being as lucky or luckier than I am, have gone over to the full "makes and takers" right wing worldview, and seem to truly believe that paying taxes is some cross between class warfare and theft, and seem completely oblivious to the benefits they have personally enjoyed due to social spending and investment.  Somehow, everything they have is always due to their own hard work and superior rectitude, never due to the foresight of earlier generations building roads and schools and power grids and investing in research and keeping the economic and social ground relatively stable beneath our feet.

    These are the people transparently and reflexively screaming to cut spending and absolutely refusing to consider even the most trivial revenue increases, whether from closing loopholes, raising user fees, or eliminating subsidies.  Such expenditures are never "welfare", but a working person collecting the Social Security benefits collected after a lifetime of work is a "parasite."

    They seem completely incapable of recognizing their own greed and selfish motivations behind their rationale, but always cloak their "protect the job creators" rhetoric in moral or even religious and patriotic dressing.  Well educated people continue to spout proven fallacies like "lowering taxes and investment increases revenues" to defend their unethical position.  In their world Paul Krugman has never been right, and the shysters hawking the latest bubble on CNBC are geniuses.

    In short, there's a great quote that summarizes this illogical and impenetrable mindset: "There's nothing so incomprehensible to a man than something that threatens his own pocketbook.:

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

    by wonkydonkey on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:59:42 AM PDT

    •  I'm in a similar situation to you and can (10+ / 0-)

      also identify with what the diarist is going through. I'm doing well now with a company that is growing and doing a lot of investment in IT. However, I could see lots of scenarios where I become unemployed in a year or two.
      Furthermore, the fact that I'm doing well now has as much to do with help from various sources as it does with my own talents. It takes a village, indeed.

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 03:50:38 PM PDT

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      •  Me too (5+ / 0-)
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        IT is a hard job.  It is an even harder career.

        After 20 years in the business I had to learn a couple of times that if you get comfortable you are falling behind.  If you don't re-learn everything every 5 years you will find yourself unemployable quickly.

        Fortunately I have been able to spend the last 6 months with a new employer learning the latest in internet development technologies, but I don't know if I can retrain again for the 5th time in a few more years.  Knowing this I am socking away as much as possible so I can get out on my own terms.

        I suggest everyone in IT do the same.

        Republican tax policies have led to financial conditions which have caused Republicans to demand cuts to programs they have always opposed.

        by AppleP on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:51:27 PM PDT

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    •  wonkydonkey, this comment should be a diary (2+ / 0-)
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