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Sun Jan 21, 2018, 05:46 PM

Are you better off today than one year ago??

For me NO!!

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Reply Are you better off today than one year ago?? (Original post)
Angry Dragon Jan 2018 OP
uppityperson Jan 2018 #1
samnsara Jan 2018 #2
sinkingfeeling Jan 2018 #3
brooklynite Jan 2018 #34
Control-Z Jan 2018 #7
Yupster Jan 2018 #14
pressbox69 Jan 2018 #4
marlakay Jan 2018 #5
Sophia4 Jan 2018 #6
meow2u3 Jan 2018 #8
phylny Jan 2018 #9
SharonClark Jan 2018 #19
phylny Jan 2018 #21
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 2018 #10
hack89 Jan 2018 #11
kstewart33 Jan 2018 #12
MissB Jan 2018 #13
True Dough Jan 2018 #30
question everything Jan 2018 #15
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2018 #16
Luciferous Jan 2018 #17
Norbert Jan 2018 #18
OliverQ Jan 2018 #20
Different Drummer Jan 2018 #22
Agschmid Jan 2018 #23
Jamaal510 Jan 2018 #24
True Dough Jan 2018 #31
Jamaal510 Jan 2018 #36
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #25
True Dough Jan 2018 #32
GP6971 Jan 2018 #26
Kajun Gal Jan 2018 #27
flotsam Jan 2018 #28
True Dough Jan 2018 #33
Freethinker65 Jan 2018 #29
mnhtnbb Jan 2018 #35
DrDan Jan 2018 #37
Vinca Jan 2018 #38

Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:26 PM

1. So far I am about the same except my stress level is up

This next yr will bring negative changes when trump b.s. goes more into effect.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:34 PM

2. not mentally or emotionally but the stock markets going crazy for us!

...but the low grade stress and uncertainly is harming everyone. Its like living under a power line in the X Files.

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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:43 PM

3. Crash will be massive by 2019.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:28 AM

34. Care to share your analysis?

I expect a correction at some point (so does my broker), but nobody's anticipating a "crash".

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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:58 PM

7. Do you plan to move your money out soon?

I feel like I should counsel my future ex husband but it could make him dig in (like the maggot with Obama - if I say something he must do the exact opposite.) I really wouldn't know how to counsel him anyway. But when it comes to money, he is easily taken advantage of.

He once paid $10,000 to a con man claiming to be collecting for money we owed on a credit card. I had already paid the balance off but future ex did not believe me - until the DA called to tell him he'd been conned out if $10,000.

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Response to samnsara (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:54 PM

14. Same here

Made an insane money through investments this year.

I keep taking a bit out and moving to safety, but next week it's right back up again. It's been unbelievable.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:48 PM

4. Only if

I felt America was better off under a fascist heel.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:48 PM

5. Better because we sold house

And bought smaller one.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 06:50 PM

6. Not better. Prices are going up. Income isn't.

 

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 07:00 PM

8. Not only no, but HELL NO!!

Emotionally, tRump literally drove me to drink to alleviate this constant anxiety he inflicted on me.

I see gas prices going up again. Food prices are going up, especially eggs, which are up to $2 a dozen from a buck and a half.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 07:09 PM

9. Financially, no change.

Physically, Iíve gained 20 pounds and have almost constant anxiety.

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Response to phylny (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:30 PM

19. Gained weight and blood pressure went up.

The doctor said I need to exercise more to bring it down. I said it will go down when Trump is impeached and the Dems take back Congress.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:36 PM

21. Same here, Im now on b.p. meds. nt

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:17 PM

10. I'm about the same.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:23 PM

11. Fortunately yes.

Things have gone well for me at work.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:26 PM

12. Financially yes, but psychologically?

No, No, No, No, No, should I continue?

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:52 PM

13. By many measures yes.

Both my kids are now in college. One is on a full ride and the other is on a nearly full ride. That alleviated a lot of stress over their future, and our finances.

Iíve lost 60 lbs since the inauguration and get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. My blood pressure is quite normal now.

We have a 401k and a 457 and the market returns have been crazy good. I canít complain about it.

Iíve found some great podcasts to listen to each week and that helps me feel like all is not lost and certainly all this shit is not normal. That truly helps me cope.

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Response to MissB (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:14 AM

30. Glad to hear it, MissB!

I find it disheartening how many DUers are encountering health problems during Trump's first year in office. It sounds like you have take the initiative to ensure you're going in the opposite direction. Kudos.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 08:56 PM

15. Better. Financially better and emotionally - I finally have hope that this year will end

better gaining more seats, even turning some houses..

Last year this time appeared bleak with no hope.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 09:33 PM

16. I own quite a bit of stock so personally I'm doing better financially

I don't think Trump deserves credit for that however.

Some the securities growth has to do with anticipation of corporate tax cuts. On the other hand a lot of it is a continuation of an upward trajectory that started under Obama.

That said there are many of my friends and family who aren't doing better.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 09:47 PM

17. About the same except for my stress levels. Sometimes I have to take days off from the news.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 09:56 PM

18. I am

Not because of the _resident of the United States. It's because I worked my ass off.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:31 PM

20. No, bit worse off financially (partly my fault for being a failure at everything)

 

but my anxiety and depression levels are way up, and I'm super upset I can't move to another country.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:41 PM

22. Financially yes, but that's been at the expense of my mental health, which...

Don and the Trumpanzees have diminished.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:42 PM

23. Financially yes.

But thatís not what I base my voting on.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 11:10 PM

24. My immediate family

is a little worse off financially, but that in fairness has nothing to do with Toupe Fiasco. My dad has been unable to find or keep a job for years due to an alcohol addiction, my older sister is at a decent-paying job that mistreats her, and my mom has a significantly lower-paying job than last year. As for me, I'm about the same as I was last year financially. I have about $900 coming in monthly, and still continue to help with the water bill as well as pay some personal bills such as WF credit card debt and student loan debt.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:16 AM

31. Keep your head up, Jamaal

Hopefully better days are ahead for you and your relatives in 2018!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 23, 2018, 08:45 AM

36. Thanks, and will do. nt

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 11:41 PM

25. A good bit better

But if my personal bottom line was the most important thing in my life I would not be a member of the Democratic Party. We are college educated, middle age, no kids managers. Been with the same company over 30 years.

But the people who work for me are not doing better. They make middle class income but pensions are dying and they cannot afford to save hundreds of thousands in a 401k on their pay.

Healthcare and college for their kids are killing them and they know it. And are pissed. But of course, I cannot say anything political at work.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:18 AM

32. Yes, GulfCoast

what you describe for the middle-class workers at your place of business is a reality for far too many people, unfortunately. Pensions are a dying breed, indeed.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 11:46 PM

26. Financially, a little bit better

emotionally with all the trump BS, not so much.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 11:58 PM

27. Well,now, mentally a wee bit better knowing Trump IS going down!

 

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

28. Much better off

Last year I considered killing myself. This year I'm trying to make that fat bastard commit suicide.

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Response to flotsam (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:21 AM

33. Glad you hung in there, flotsam

Sometimes you just have to ride out the hard times and merciful relief will be found...

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 12:13 AM

29. About the same...but if the health exchanges disappear, I will be screwed in a few years

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 06:59 AM

35. Slightly better

On Nov 10th I walked away from a 32 year marriage, almost a year to the day after seeing Trump win. I could no longer handle so much anger in my life--at home with my husband or in the larger sense of the world focused on the actions of Trump and Republicans. I am toying with the idea of leaving the country once the divorce is final and that's at my age of late 60's.

Financially I will be worse off divorced, especially if I am not able to keep all of my IRA and am forced to split it with my husband. Hoping to get him to agree by not asking for alimony.

I am happier separated from my husband than I've been in a long time but still have a high level of anxiety and stress about the country. Although I will be living off savings and income from investments because my SS is so little, I think I will have enough to be able to live comfortably if I am careful with expenses.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Tue Jan 23, 2018, 08:46 AM

37. financially, yes

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Response to Angry Dragon (Original post)

Tue Jan 23, 2018, 08:50 AM

38. About the same.

As one of the "sacred, old, white voters," I don't worry too much for myself. I now fear for the existence of the country as a whole.

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