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Watered-down health care reform

Tax holidays for the wealthy

Toothless Wall Street reform

Mediocre stimulus legislation

and on

and on

and on....

Oh yeah, and now virtual strip searches for everyone (except those who don't want cancer - they get a real thorough pat-down).

I'm. Sick. Of. It.

I've had it.

Corporate interests, wealth interests and the military industrial complex have been calling all the shots and making my life hell for far too long and it's got to stop.

While rich America sees their tax burden reduced by two thirds and their wealth increase by much more, our share of the pie gets smaller and smaller.  This year hasn't been as bad as last year, in the sense that I do have some work.  But what's fucked up is that, even though I'm working, I still can't make ends meet.

Every time I get some revenue, it's gone simultaneously.  I always owe someone something.  Insurance (auto, not health - lost that awhile back), power bill, car note, gas, not to mention various business expenses that I had to incur on credit (when I still had credit - now I float checks in order to bridge the gap) in order to earn the paltry sums that I do.

One month I'll maybe make $300.  Or there were two months this year that i made a couple grand.  Lucky me - those were the months used to calculate my food stamp benefit; they don't have a good method for the self-employed.

Shit breaks down.  It costs $20 to do the fucking laundry for fucks sake.  I actually wash my underwear by hand in the bathtub in order to save money.  Toiletries are also really expensive.  I just spent $50 on soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, laundry detergent, aspirin, etc...  

So although I'm working, I'm not getting out of the hole.  My ARRA housing subsidy ran out - I got a **wonderful** letter from them stating how "happy" they are that I am back on my feet and see! that is exactly how this stimulus program was intended to work.  Fuck you.

I'm not getting out of the hole.  I wonder how much deeper it has to get.

Will the landed class ever get tired of screwing the American public?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Originally posted to La Gitane on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM PST.

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  •  Don't really know what to say, except (8+ / 0-)

    many of us empathize with you because we, or family members and friends, are in the same dead-end rut.

    I wish that I could offer you assistance or optimism that things will get better soon.  I no longer believe that--at least, not the soon part.

    But, you have vocalized what so many in our country are experiencing.  Try to keep strong.  There have been worse times in history, and somehow people have survived and come through, battered and battle-weary, but alive.  I keep telling myself that life is a cycle of good and bad times.  We have to hang on during the bad times, so that we'll still be around for the good times.

    Thinking of you and hoping for better days for you and yours.  Take care.

  •  Self Employed Too, and Just Meeting (11+ / 0-)

    expenses. We can't save and we're dreading the future of our small state worker pensions which bring the health care. She'll be lucky to retire at 70; I'm planning to have to work till at least 80.

    And this is with hands, there's no consulting or white collar work in this house.

    We bet on poverty as our future, bought a micro house of half the national median price and we don't travel, entertain, attend most events with admission fees, buy new clothes, and we don't expect to be able to.

    We don't like it but it's not a surprise, it's the way the cards were playing out by several years ago. We take our enjoyment in some family and friends, and the budget or free recreation we can manage.

    There's always the lotto I suppose.

    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 Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 12:39:24 PM PST

  •  What do you do? (9+ / 0-)

    I'm an unemployed paralegal who doesn't qualify for UI benefits. I have a meeting on Tuesday with DHHS for emergency food assistance. I'm down to my last $1,000 and am about to sell my 1999 Subaru for a few more thousand to try to make it another two months and hope I find work.

    When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

    by Keori on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 12:57:21 PM PST

    •  I would hesitate to sell that car (4+ / 0-)

      as it could be a ticket to casual earnings (temping? house-cleaning? babysitting? leaf-raking? personal organizer?) and the absence of could be a barrier to job-seeking or to a real position.  

      Good luck and I'm really sorry about your situation.  Don't mean to presume with my concern -- it just sounds a bit like eating the seed corn.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 01:15:51 PM PST

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      •  I don't want to sell the car (5+ / 0-)

        I REALLY don't. But at least where I live there is some public transit, not great, but it's there.

        I just applied for emergency food assistance and was told I qualify. I'm grateful to be living with Kossack i like bbq; she won't toss me on the street just because I can't pay her rent in December.

        When are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. - Practical Magic

        by Keori on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 03:12:45 PM PST

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    •  Hi Keori (1+ / 0-)
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      Sorry I posted and ditched but I didn't think his would get that much attention.

      I'm an architect. I have a reputation of being "successful" but no one has a clue just how bad off I am. At the moment I'm bartending in a bar that hasn't had a customer in two days.

      I highly recommend food stamps, an any other benefits you can get your hands on. It's really a LOT of work applying and re-upping for all that crap, but I can tell you it saved my ass. In San Diego we have a website called (I think) that is the resource for all social benefits. You might find help for your rent or power bill, or even cash for toiletries and such. Just a bigger pain when your self employed.

      Hang in there - it's all we can do.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 08:14:08 PM PST

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    •  I had to let my car go (1+ / 0-)
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      I just couldn't afford to replace it when it was no longer roadworthy. It's cheaper for me, luckily I am able to earn money at home and rarely need to go someplace I can't walk to.
  •  And yet here come the damned "Santa Gives us (2+ / 0-)
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    zaka1, La Gitane

    Mercedes Benz autos for Christmas" ads on T.V., again.

    Last year, the absolute heartless unconcern amazed me: remember the ad than ran constantly, depicting four siblings coming home for Christmas, all flaunting their jolly new Lexus as they raced each other to the ancestral mansion?

     FTS. I'm ready with some pikes, when the mobs stat to form. :-(

    •  No shit (1+ / 0-)
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      that and the diamond commercials make me puke. Also, the Toyota commercial with the little kid who calls parents "lame" who don't have a nice shiny new SUV.

      Fuck that

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 08:01:54 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for all the great comments everyone (2+ / 0-)
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    basquebob, zaka1

    Well, except for one ;)

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 08:18:16 PM PST

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