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  •  The difference... (2+ / 0-)
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    Cordyc, Angie in WA State

    ... is that when you're young you have your whole life ahead of you.  You have youth and vigor.  You might have your parents around to put a roof over your head.

    Not that I don't sympathize with the millions of young people who are unemployed, but it is a much more dire situation for someone in their 50s.

    •  I never dreamed that at 51 I would become (1+ / 0-)
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      life in working class America has become a dead end.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 01:05:55 AM PDT

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    •  A long period of unemployment (0+ / 0-)

      For someone in their twenties could mean an entire life destroyed. The link between debt and suicide is a bad thing. When you say that they have their whole life to look forward to you make it sound like like it's guaranteed to get better.

      •  Not true (0+ / 0-)

        I was broke as a joke in my 20s.  When I graduated from college into the first Bush recession (back in '91) not a one of my peers found a "real job."  They called us Slackers, after the movie Slacker which was a very good depiction of how it was.

        The smartest guy I know delivered Chinese food (which is even funnier because he's not Chinese) for four years after college, until the economy picked up around '95 or '96.  He's highly successful now.  

        When you're young, it seems like your life is destroyed, but as you get older and you see people come back from all kinds of hardship (we're talking disease, addiction, homelessness -- really bad stuff!) you realize that that's just the way life is.  You have ups and you have downs.

        Trust me, kid, unemployment in your 20s is not nearly as bad as in your 50s, when all you have to look forward to is old age and death.

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