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Fri Sep 20, 2013, 07:57 PM

What have I ever done to make your party hate me so much, Mr. Boehner?

I've worked for 161 quarters, according to the Social Security Administration, every single quarter since I turned 14 until I was laid off by AT&T last August. I went to college and law school (another story), studied hard and graduated, and spent over a decade paying back my student loans. Until 2012, I never collected an unemployment check, received SNAP benefits, etc. . I always paid my bills, contributed to my 401(k), never filed for bankruptcy. I raised and loved my nephew like he was my own child, after his parents died, and sent him to college and grad school. I went and still do go to church, have done charity work all of my adult life, voted in every election in which I was eligible to do so since I turned 18. I served 2 terms on a school board, 3 on the library board. I belonged to the group who started our local soup kitchen, food pantry and 'brown bag' food program for poor children in my town, so they'd have something to eat on weekends and over the summer.

That 401(k) I mentioned? YOUR party allowed Wall Street and the other banksters to destroy 94% of everything I'd scrimped and saved for 25 years to put into it, and recent health issues have forced me to spend the remainder, because I couldn't afford the COBRA payments to continue my health insurance from AT&T on the niggardly amount unemployment pays me. YOUR party also made it not only legal for AT&T to outsource my job, but profitable for them to do so. So now, this...

This week, YOUR party passed legislation that will cut SNAP benefits to people like me AND also passed legislation intended to de-fund AHCA! My monthly SNAP benefits are $200, not a huge amount, but with careful shopping, coupons and paying attention to bargains, I eat 3 nutritious meals a day. I received a letter today from the State of Illinois telling me that I will very likely qualify for Medicaid, starting 1/1/2014. Thankfully, my PCP, my rheumatologist, my orthopedist, my general surgeon and my local hospital all accept Medicaid, as does my pharmacy.

In the past 13 months, I've applied for over 200 jobs, including fast food, grocery stores, etc., and I've also sent out 500-plus resumes. The sad reality is that there are 3 people looking for every 1 job that's available nationwide, 4 looking for every 1 available here in Illinois. I suppose I COULD move somewhere else where the job market is a bit more robust, but that would mean abandoning my blind, widowed and childless 88 year-old aunt, someone I dearly love and physically care for on a regular basis. So, I have to ask...

What have I ever done to make your party hate me so much, Mr. Boehner?

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ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 OP
SummerSnow Sep 2013 #1
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #3
rhett o rick Sep 2013 #2
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #4
rhett o rick Sep 2013 #5
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #6
rhett o rick Sep 2013 #16
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #24
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #25
JNelson6563 Sep 2013 #7
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2013 #9
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #10
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2013 #15
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #17
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2013 #44
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #50
Stuart G Sep 2013 #11
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #18
Dustlawyer Sep 2013 #12
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #20
Dustlawyer Sep 2013 #39
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #51
TRoN33 Sep 2013 #13
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #21
obxhead Sep 2013 #14
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #22
kelliekat44 Sep 2013 #19
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #23
Enthusiast Sep 2013 #26
orpupilofnature57 Sep 2013 #27
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #30
orpupilofnature57 Sep 2013 #38
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #54
99Forever Sep 2013 #28
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #31
99Forever Sep 2013 #37
calimary Sep 2013 #48
woo me with science Sep 2013 #35
madokie Sep 2013 #29
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #33
madokie Sep 2013 #36
Brigid Sep 2013 #32
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #34
mnhtnbb Sep 2013 #40
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #42
Uncle Joe Sep 2013 #41
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #43
AnotherMcIntosh Sep 2013 #45
proReality Sep 2013 #46
cadaverdog Sep 2013 #47
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #55
TNNurse Sep 2013 #49
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #56
japple Sep 2013 #52
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #57
Oldtimeralso Sep 2013 #53
ColesCountyDem Sep 2013 #58

Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 08:43 PM

1. Well said. Love your post.

Boehner hates people like us cause we weren't born rich and we have a heart.

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 08:53 PM

3. Thank you!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 08:52 PM

2. It's not personal, it's just business. In our capitalist society we worship wealth.

In some cases wealth is zero sum. If you get some, that's more that I cant get. It isnt personal.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 08:55 PM

4. I understand their point, but sadly, they don't understand mine.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 08:57 PM

5. In this society where success in life is measure by wealth, it's not that they dont

understand you, it's that they dont care about you. They dont want to kill you, they just dont care if you die. Some pretend to care but rationalize that it wasnt their fault.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 09:00 PM

6. " They dont want to kill you, they just dont care if you die."

Well said!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 11:59 PM

16. I love that. I heard a variation of it here in DU and wish I could find out who

to give credit to.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #16)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:28 AM

24. It's a marvelous quote.

If you do find out who wrote it, please let me know.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:42 AM

25. In their world, wealth = virtue.

In their sick world.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 09:13 PM

7. Superb post.

Hugs & encouragement my dear.

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 09:18 PM

8. Thank you!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 09:56 PM

9. Look at the number of 55+ year olds out there looking for anything they can get....

It's like companies are looking for excuses to dump them before they start going in for surgeries.

You know,...55+ is about the time the poisons pumped into the environment start to show up as tumors you can see through clothing from across the street.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 09:59 PM

10. An Illinois' Department of Employment Security rep told me....

Their is an illegal, unspoken, but VERY real bias against people 50+ in hiring. I believe it.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM

15. Some employers would rather have someone younger because they'll work for less,...

That and there is a general attitude that if you are unemployed in your 50s you must have done something to deserve it.

Either way, the attitude is they are taking a chance with you as if you are an ex convict or something.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:12 AM

17. What never seems to occur to them is....

Potential employers seem to never consider the wealth of practical experience I bring, nor the fact that I am dependable, arrive on time, willingly work overtime, etc., all for the same wages the are offering younger workers with less knowledge, etc. .

Sigh.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #17)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 12:48 PM

44. Maybe they think you'll spend half of the shift in the bathroom.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #44)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 06:53 PM

50. LOL!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:08 PM

11. A very special post...

My best wishes are with you today. You really told it they way the Republicans are, at least most of them. You said it better then I ever could.

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:12 AM

18. Thank you!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:34 PM

12. Add the age discrimination and health problems and it's damn near impossible to find work!

I hope all that do get a taste of it in their lifetimes. I turned 50 on the 12th and am grateful to have a job! Good luck to you my friend!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:19 AM

20. I actually don't wish it on them.

I don't wish my current situation on anyone. Maybe that's why I'm a Democrat, and why they aren't.

Thank you for the good wishes! It helps, knowing that people care!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 10:21 AM

39. I did wish them a "taste" which could be humbling and a learning experience. I don't wish anything

outside of what would hopefully make them more sensitive in the future. Not all can learn though.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #39)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 06:59 PM

51. Understood.

When I see various politicians like Corey Booker, e.g., try to live on a 'SNAP/food stamp budget', I also notice that they're already liberals and progressives. It would be nice to see Joe Arpaio, Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan try it, for a change.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:39 PM

13. Very well said

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Response to TRoN33 (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:20 AM

21. Thank you!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2013, 10:55 PM

14. Awesome.

Not the situation, the letter.

I hope you sent that to him.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:21 AM

22. I've considered it.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:17 AM

19. I would love to see this published in every major newspaper in the country.

But I am a dreamer.

Thanks for your post.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:23 AM

23. I'm a dreamer, as well.

What was my dream 20 years ago has changed into a nightmare today.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:43 AM

26. Kicked and recommended....nt

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:53 AM

27. Your not easy, White, Wealthy and your a Woman !!! nothin personal .

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #27)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:19 AM

30. I'm white, poor and male.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #30)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 10:12 AM

38. Me Too !!!!! we have more freinds than them.

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #38)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:29 PM

54. If it weren't for my friends, I don't know what I'd do, some times.

They provide me with transportation to job interviews, the grocery store, the doctor's office, etc. .

One of my best friends (since kindergarten) occasionally stops by and brings a 40# bag of dog food, cat food or kitty litter, because she knows I have to pay cash for those things. At first, I tried to tell her she didn't need to do it, but she just laughed and said things like, "Consider it your birthday present" or "It's your Christmas present" or "It was a BOGO at Kroger's, so it didn't cost me anything". Even so, I still get a pie or cake on my birthday, and she bought me an expensive coffee maker 'for Christmas', when my old Mr. Coffee gave up the ghost in March.

One person, my now 80 year-old 8th-grade math teacher, dropped by the house to visit one day. I've always liked him, and we became friends when I moved back here last fall. We had a nice visit, laughing about old times and exchanging information about former students and classmates, my family, his family, etc . When he had to leave, I walked him to his car, and upon returning back inside I saw an envelope on the counter marked 'Bob' in his Palmer method handwriting. Opening it, I found a $20 bill with a short note that said, "Loretta (his wife) and I know what it's like to make ends meet on a tight budget, and we figured you could probably use this". I dissolved into tears, because I was dead broke, and my $19 water bill was due he next day.

Thank god for my friends!

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:04 AM

28. You have stopped contributing to their money piles...

... and haven't had the common decency to cease existing.

Our nation is dying a slow motion death from inside. It is a self inflicted death caused by a singular cause, greed.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #28)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:20 AM

31. Greed has now become a virtue.

I must be a dinosaur, because I am appalled by this realization.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #31)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:37 AM

37. Not "has now become a virtue," my friend...

... it has been the ONLY virtue that matters since Saint Ronnie Rayguns set this nation on the road to destruction.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #37)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 04:09 PM

48. ronald reagan WAS a national disaster. One of the worst things to happen to America in all of its

history. No exaggeration. He put a "human face" on greed and selfishness. And religious fanaticism. He made being a cheapskate respectable. He made being a Neanderthal respectable. He made it okay to be willfully ignorant, turn your nose up at those less fortunate, he made it okay to assume EVERYONE and ANYONE needing food stamps or some sort of public assistance were nothing but lazy moochers and welfare queens. He made robber barons respectable - admired, even lionized. He made cheap sloganeering respectable because then you didn't need to think or reason or try to read or learn more, or dig beneath the headlines or talking points. He made it cool to be proudly stupid, ill-informed, paranoid, and gun-crazed. You know that comment then-candidate Obama made - about the folks who cling to their guns and bibles? Well, before reagan, those people kinda hid in the closets. They were the crazy uncle you kept hidden away in the attic when company came over because you knew enough to be ashamed of him. And reagan brought them out into polite company, proud and unapologetic, to take their place out in the open, stand in the sunshine, and feel totally justified to get in yer face.

SO much damage, destruction, distortion, desolation, and death he single-handedly wrought upon this country. I trace most of the ills with which we now are afflicted - DIRECTLY back to him. He made piratizing respectable. He made pollution respectable. He elevated the science deniers nearly to some sort of sick priesthood, where they were legitimized and held up as objects of admiration rather than of the scorn they truly deserve.

HIDEOUS legacy. It'll take us generations to recover from it and somehow struggle back onto the correct track. We've been set SO FAR BACK, legislatively, morally, intellectually, and yes - spiritually, that it'll be YEARS before we approach some sense of normalcy again.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #28)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:27 AM

35. +1

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:16 AM

29. Very good

People like you are who makes this a good to great country. People like boner is who makes this country not so good.

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Response to madokie (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:26 AM

33. I've done nothing that I would consider extraordinary.

I've simply lived my life as I was taught that one ought to live their life: work hard, obey the rules and treat others the way I would be treated.

I say this not with self-pity, but having lived as I ought, I feel betrayed, and more than a little frightened.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Reply #33)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:29 AM

36. Thats the way I live my life too

I understand your betrayal and likewise I'm a little bit frightened also

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:24 AM

32. You should really send this to Bonehead.

And just because you deserve it:

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Response to Brigid (Reply #32)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 09:27 AM

34. I'm sure his circular file is already overflowing.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 10:29 AM

40. Great post. Great question. Only one suggestion...

find a synonym for the word "niggardly".

I do think you should send this to Boehner. I also think you should submit
it as an Op-ed piece to your regional newspaper.

Wishing you the best, and hopefully, a turnaround in the employment situation.



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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #40)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 12:26 PM

42. I debated using 'cheesepairing' and 'miserly'.

I chose to go with my 'gut' in choosing 'niggardly', because it best expressed my feeling at that moment.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 10:34 AM

41. Boehner's answer is best summed up by the alien answer to the President's query

in the movie "Independence Day."






Or specifically in Americanese to the House Republican cuts in the food stamp program.

"Eat shit and die."

Thanks for the thread, ColesCountyDem.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #41)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 12:28 PM

43. Thank you for taking the time to read it and reply.

Sadly, I do think that's what Mr. Boehner, et al, would reply.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 01:55 PM

45. Would Boehner have had the same reaction if FDR was in office? Or Truman? Or Eisenhower?

 

Or JFK? Or Johnson? Or Nixon (who was in mulitiple ways more liberal than Obama)? Or Ford? Or even Carter?

When you vote for a Democratic candidate who, immediately upon taking office, starts appointing Republicans to high-level positions, who says that he wants to compromise with Republicans and be a "Centrist" (whatever that means), what should Boehner's reaction be?

How can Boehner not see Obama as a weak champion for ordinary Democrats? How can his party not see that?

It's not that Boehner and the rest of his party hate you in particular, it's that they have contrary goals and have been tempted to exploit the displayed weakness. And they are doing so.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 02:40 PM

46. You should send that to the Washington Post. n/t

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 03:34 PM

47. Would you consider posting this

on one or more right wing sites? Let us know if you do, I would love to see some of their reactions.
Posting here is kind of like preaching to the choir, but we all care deeply for you and wish you the very best.

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Response to cadaverdog (Reply #47)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:39 PM

55. I'm tempted to, but...

I don't want to register or even look at the hate-filled spew that probably makes up 99% of what's posted at places like that.

The responses from you and everyone here have done a great deal to lift my spirits and remind me that there are kind people left in this world.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 06:34 PM

49. You are a perfect example

of the kind of person that they choose to believe does not really exist. They do not believe that there are people who have been hurt by their policies, they do not believe there are adults who need help. They do not believe they that you cannot find a job. They did, so apparently anyone can. (Actually the fact that these ignorant jerks got elected ruins part of my argument).

They believe they follow some religious tenets. They take care of themselves and the others who pay them, not the regular citizens.

They are WRONG. That does not help you I know. Virtue should be it's own reward, but it does not put food in your belly.

I think if we met, I would like you.

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Response to TNNurse (Reply #49)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:47 PM

56. I think I'd like you, too!

You're absolutely right in thinking that they don't want to believe that people like me exist, because I don't fit into their world view, and they find facts to be VERY inconvenient.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:20 PM

52. Have you sent this to your local newspaper (if one still exists)

as a letter to the editor or to the opinions page? There are so many of us in this same position, and I am hesitant to say "there, but for the grace of God..." (you know the rest) because why would god give me grace and not you? You have done all the right things: worked hard, paid taxes, contributed to their stock coffers (401-K), did your civic duty, did volunteer work, took care of your elderly relatives. Now that you have been drained dry of all your reserves, you have become redundant (probably about the time you couldn't afford COBRA) except for the fact that you still have your fighting spirit. Please share your story with others. You are a good writer and I encourage you to send your story far and wide. You have an audience waiting for you.

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Response to japple (Reply #52)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:51 PM

57. Our local newspaper is one of Gatehouse Media Corp.'s 'McPapers'.

They seldom publish LTE's, and when they do, they read like Tea Party propaganda pieces.

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Response to ColesCountyDem (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:22 PM

53. proud to be rec. #100

Great Post Cole County Dem.

You should send this as a letter to the editor to all the papers in your area and also the Chicago and St. Louis metro areas.

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Response to Oldtimeralso (Reply #53)

Sat Sep 21, 2013, 07:58 PM

58. Thank you kindly!

I might consider sending it as a LTE to the Chicago and St. Louis papers, if only because their readership probably knows someone like me.

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