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I woke up today, and I can say, without any doubt, that this day is so surreal that I can hardly believe it's happening.  In short order, I'm still jobless, with my unemployment having run out this week, I mailed out a card with a few dollars to my ex's son, because I love him dearly, even though he isn't my own, and in the process of going to mail that card and running errands, my car's frame snapped.  That's right, snapped. The engine is now on the ground.  I just shelled out $60 for towing to get it home that I really couldn't afford, the Detroit metro area is such a fucking wasteland for public transportation that I can't depend on it to get me much of anywhere, and I can't exactly make it to a new job that I have no transportation to because of the above.  My medication money was in that $60, so when I run out next week, I can't afford the refills.  In short, I have no idea what I'm going to do for anything.

Oh, yeah, and I read that means-testing is on the table for Medicare, which further endangers it as a real insurance program, fucking over millions of people.

This all can't be happening, right? I mean, there's no fucking way this all happened today.  I feel like the God I believe in has just abandoned me, and us, and left us at the mercy of whackos. I especially feel really abandoned right now. I have good friends, but there isn't much they can do for me, unfortunately.

I hope I wake up tomorrow and this was just a bad dream. The sad thing is, I know it really is, and I don't know what to do.

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  •  {{{wolverinethad}}} (7+ / 0-)

    added some tags for you.

    Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 04:07:55 PM PDT

  •  Jesus Christ, what a disaster for you. (8+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry.

    I don't do paypal, but I'm trying to think of another way to get some funds to you.  I could only scrape up 20, but maybe some other kossacks could pitch in and help?

  •  I am so sorry but my mind is so swiss (4+ / 0-)
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    jm214, blueoasis, Sydserious, JVolvo

    cheesed that I am having problems coming up with solutions.  I take it that your motor supports snapped; if so, it may can be welded as a short term solution if you know a welder and can work out some sort of deal.  A friend may even own a welder and can do the work as a favor.  Other solution is to replace the support.  Good news is you can buy one in a scrap or junk yard; bad news is that it will take a good bit of muscle and some tools to replace it.
    Sorry I cannot offer more; the welder is out in the shop but I am in SC so that does you no good


  •  asdf (9+ / 0-)


    I have been where you are right now, so I know the fear and pain and dread for the coming days.

    Here's what you do:

    1. Call your local Social Services first thing Monday and see whether or not they have emergency cash payments. Our local DSS does - especially for medical emergencies. Make sure your MEDICATION is taken care of.

    2. Make certain that your FOOD NEEDS are covered. You should be eligible now for FOOD STAMPS. And they have emergency options available, so you will not have to go without food. Again - cover that via Social Services first thing MONDAY.

    3. I know this is hard, but NOW is the time to lean on FAMILY and FRIENDS. That, after all, is why they are there. Given sufficient numbers, you will no doubt be held over for some time through their help.

    4. Ask SOcial Services about any other assistance programs they offer. (You did not tell me your age - but they may have other forms of assistance if you are in any way disabled or over a certain age - including transportation options.)

    Keep us posted, OK?

    The Democratic Party. Never has so much been squandered so quickly for so little.

    by GayIthacan on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 04:28:50 PM PDT

    •  Thank you (4+ / 0-)

      I have food stamps already. The cupboard's in good shape for a while. I spent them all (they haven't given me much), but I have enough food for the next couple of weeks.

      I'm going to check on the cash payment thing. I appreciate that. I wasn't aware. I hope they help.

      Two of my friends are trying to set me up with jobs, but transportation is the big issue. It's hard to get a ride when the jobs they're trying to help me get are not even close to their jobs. Only one of them is on a bus route, so I'm hoping I get that, even though the pay sucks.  The other job has better pay, but I'd HAVE to have a car for that.

      I'm 29. I don't know how much I can get. Michigan has done nothing but shit on workers and unemployed all year. =/

      I will respect the Republican Party the day they decide to start respecting all Americans....therefore, I will never respect the Republican Party.

      by wolverinethad on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 06:11:05 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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        Also check into local food distributions at local churches/help centers/Red Cross/other agencies. Here in Ithaca there are weekly food distributions from over a dozen outlets, so you can augment your Food Stamp supplies almost every day. Not much - but it makes things much easier. I imagine your area would have quite a few outlets available each week - probably one or more every day.

        Also check for Social Service providing emergency transportation - for medical or employment issues. (We also have vouchers given out for taxi trips if there is a last-minute need. Check that as well.)

        I'm not sure if your local DSS engages in EMERGENCY CASH payments - but here in Ithaca, they do. You might be able to get your car repaired (especially if you land a job where you need it). Here in Ithaca, it works like a loan - you receive the funds and then pay them back in 12 installments over a year.

        Again - keep us all posted. 'K?? {{{W}}}

        The Democratic Party. Never has so much been squandered so quickly for so little.

        by GayIthacan on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 06:49:00 PM PDT

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  •  Are any of you comfortable people telling us to (0+ / 0-)

    "support the President" in any old thing he decides to do bothering to read posts like wolverinethad's? Does what those real world reports show of the "reality" that ought to be informing the "reality-based community" register on your screens at all?

    PEOPLE, THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IS THAT THERE IS ENOUGH TO GO AROUND, if we just keep the pigs out of the corn cribs. THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GO AROUND, and the "deficit scare" is as much a fucking myth as the "Red Scare" that previous generations fell for and go suckered and bled by.

    Please, do we ALL have to be stupid sheeple being led up the chute to the slaugherhouse by a set of Judas goats?

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 04:56:17 PM PDT

    •  I support the President. I also care about the (2+ / 0-)
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      conditions that people are facing.  If I go in search of who to connect with the deplorable situation it is the GOP, the ALEC corporations and the legislators who carry out the prescribed legislation, the Murdoch media mafia, Karl Rove and friends, the banksters, the selfish and the greedy across the spectrum.  For me its playing right into their hands to turn on the President.

      •  Yep, no question where you stand. Dare I ask (0+ / 0-)

        if you have a position on my formulation of what seems to me a FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH, WHICH IS THAT THERE IS ENOUGH OF ALL THE STUFF THAT MATTERS TO GO AROUND FOR ALL OF US.  And that the "deficit frenzy" is just a way to keep people from focusing on that, and not on whether that sedan over there is a Chevy or a Ford?

        Of course, we are all in different games and modes right now -- it seems pretty clear from even the supposedly reality-based back-and-forth here that it's all about whether you still believe in Hope and Change, or whether you believe in what seems to be under way is going to cement the feet of all the non-rich and pitch them off the back of that one high-floating boat.

        But we are in Belief mode, with lots counseling to wait and see, wait and you will see...

        Too bad we on this side are not patently all on the same side....

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 05:26:09 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe its because I have never underestimated the (0+ / 0-)

          intensity of the push back that would come against the attempt to change the direction the current GOP wants to take this country.  

          Do I think we need to brace ourselves and push back, absolutely?  Do I think we are up to it?  Yes.  That's hope and change.

  •  Do You Know..... (1+ / 0-)
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    that means testing is already part of Medicare?  It is called MAGI (Modified Adjusted Income).  It means individuals making less than $85 GRAND pay the standard premium of $ll5.40.  Ditto for Married Couples who make up to $170 GRAND.

    Then if you are an individual making more than $85-$107 GRAND or married making $170-214 GRAND:  your premium increases to the standard premium PLUS $46.10.  Etc, Etc, Etc & so on & so on.

    That's means testing.  It's been around forever.  It's nothing new for millions of people.  

    So sorry to hear about the frame & your job situation.  Good luck to you, wolverinethad.

  •  just maybe (1+ / 0-)
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    the engine had to hit the ground, so you wouldn't

    This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this. Obama

    by humanunit on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 05:21:03 PM PDT

  •  Got any skills at all? Wash dishes, clean, cook? (0+ / 0-)

    Willing to do anything? Williston North Dakota has many more jobs than people especially if you are willing to do something weird like live in a man camp for weeks at a time.

    If you are taking meds maybe you aren't in good health. If you are in ok health and able to work hard there are unskilled laborers making pretty good money.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 05:49:27 PM PDT

  •  What part of SE MI are you in? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in Ann Arbor.  If you're close, I might be able to lend a hand.

    Do you have a PayPal account?  I'm not exactly flush myself these days, but I can send you a few bucks.

  •  I appreciate the offers of help, guys (3+ / 0-)
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    Sydserious, Idgie Threadgoode, zett

    I wasn't aiming to get help from anyone.  If I've exhausted all other options, I'll let you know.  Thank you so much for the good wishes.

    I will respect the Republican Party the day they decide to start respecting all Americans....therefore, I will never respect the Republican Party.

    by wolverinethad on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 07:34:06 PM PDT

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