Warning: I am a bit pissed off and upset right now, so it's going to come out in this diary, so if you don't like swearing this isn't the diary for you.
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Republicans claim to be all about "family values", what a crock of shit. If they really cared about families, especially keeping marriages together, they would do something to help working middle class families instead of hurting us everything fucking second of every fucking day since January 2001!
I have been married for 17 years.
During the Clinton administration things were great for us, and our marriage was good. My husband had an excellent job, we had good health insurance, and we could afford to take 3 to 4 vacations a year. Things were so good for us that I was able to pursue my art back then, which didn't bring in much if any income, but like I said things were good so it didn't matter.
When the summer of 2000 rolled around I started getting this very strong sense of fear everytime I saw George W. Bush on the TV. I just knew in my heart that if that stupid, delusional, scary man got into the white house that life would never be the same again.
Boy was I right. My husband was laid-off in 2001 from a job he had had for over 13 years. It was a lay-off from lack of work. The job was in manufacturing.
Well, after looking for another job for about 1 1/2 years with no luck, my husband decided that the only thing to do was to get training in a different field.
Being that he wasn't the college type, he decided on truck driving. We both knew that it was going to be hard because as some of you already know, most truck drivers are gone on the road more than they are home.
He had to do something.
During that 1 1/2 years of job hunting alot of bad things happened.
When my husband was laid-off we were offered C.O.B.B.A to keep the health insurance we had. Of course we couldn't afford the $900/month payment on unemployment, so we went without the insurance. We were afterall only in our early 30's and both of us were fairly healthy up to that point in time.
Then I got sick.
By this time all of our savings were gone from living on unemployment for so long, and I hadn't been able to find even a part- time job during the same time period that my husband was job hunting.
Being that we didn't have insurance I did put off going to the doctor alot longer than I probably should have.
Needless to say, that began months of expensive medical tests and mounting medical bills.
We ended up not only selling our house, but cashing all our retirement accounts to help pay all the medical bills.
During all this I was alone for the most part because my husband had left to finally start a new job in truck driving.
All the stress and strain from money problems, health problems, and then the being apart for weeks at a time because of my husbands new job, it was just too much to take.
Now, I can't blame everything that ruined my marriage on bush and his band of hypocritical republicans, but they sure as fucking hell didn't help.
And still, I don't see the republicans doing anything to help the middle class, the poor, the uninsured, and all the other people they continue to fuck on a daily basis.
"Family values" my ass.