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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-17-07 04:28 PM
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27. You don't remember the Fifties and most of the Sixties, when one income

could support a family with four or five children. I grew up in a military family (not an officer's family, so it was essentially working-class) and had to borrow money to pay what my merit scholarship didn't. But times have changed.

You got your college education before the cuts in student loans made that more difficult to do. Nurses will always be in demand and they can't outsource nursing jobs, though you can bet they'll hire more nurses' aides, who will work cheaper. And if they can, they won't have full-time employees because then they have to pay benefits. That's what the game is now: cheap labor and no pensions or benefits vs. huge salaries plus golden parachutes for CEOs, even CEOs who screw up in their jobs.

A lot of kids with college degrees are doing telemarketing or waiting tables today. Their life is not easier than their parents' or grandparents'. I'm older than you are and my life has not been easier than my parents' or grandparents', either.

I foresee hard times for future generations in corporate-ruled America. I'd leave this country in a minute if I could. The military-industrial complex is out of control and the ruling class wants to eliminate the middle class.

You are apparently unaware that there are thousands of permanently unemployed people in this country, people whose unemployment benefits ran out years ago and who have never been able to find another job. The older you get, the less likely you are to be hired. Thousands of people become homeless every year -- I should say every month -- and remain homeless for years. Thousands have no medical insurance and no money for medical care. Bill Clinton ended "welfare as we know it" and Bush has slashed away more and more at worthwhile programs. If your husband left you, you might find out that even as a nurse you'd have a hard time making it alone, especially if you have children. You sound an awful lot like a Republican in your posts here. "Everything is just peachy keen in the USA and anyone who says otherwise is just lazy."

You actually said "There's almost no excuse for not doing so" (getting the kind of life one wants.) You really need to get out more and meet some people who are not as privileged as you.
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