Minutes ago I received a call from my shift supervisor telling me I (and everyone in my department) would be losing my job in two weeks. I work for an document-scanning company, which primarily digitalizes millions of medical insurance claims, and apparently the job I do is done for much cheaper in China, where the company is now outsourcing the work. (Whats safer than millions of social security numbers and medical information being processed by a foreign nation right?).
Im a 24 year old male with no college, and have only been making 9 dollars an hour for the past year and a half at this job, but havent complained because I know others are making less. I drive 25 miles each way to work, and spend a 100 dollars a paycheck on gas alone. And I never complained because I know others are paying more and driving further.
Now however, I have to complain because I am once again affected by the politics of fear. I fear because I was already struggling to make child support payments to help support a 2 1/2 year old daughter. A daughter who lives in Pennsylvania while I live in Texas, and whom I have not seen in over a year because I cannot afford to fly to see her, or the gas to drive. I fear I will not be able to find something else fast enough to afford the phone bill which remains my only source of communication with her.
I am scared because I am losing the few insurance benefits I had, while I have thousands of dollars of dental work that will remain unfinished, because like McCain, I have bad teeth.
I am however, filled with hope that an Obama administration will put an end to the Bush/McCain policies that threaten the future of my child and yours.
I did not intend this to be a candidate diary, I just wanted to put a vent a little about my problem, but then I could not see how it could not be one.
I hope anyone reading this who may plan to vote for McCain because of hard feelings towards Obama, take a step back and examines the policies they would be voting for.
Update:Of all the things Ive ever written on DKOS, I did not think this would make the Rec list. Just a year and a half ago I came to DKOS for help with legal issues surrounding my daughter and child custody, and you responded with compassion and solutions. I only posted this time to vent about job-loss and outsourcing policy not a plea for help or some form of pity-party, and yet you have returned the same personal compassion and ideas this time around.