Apparently I lost my job at the wrong time. It was 2007 when I was let go without notice, and without real reason. It was devastating. I’m single, live alone, and have no other source of income, other than my job. I got the standard six months of unemployment and then nothing. I was out of work fo 18 months. Living alone is expensive. There is no one with whom to share the expenses of maintaining a household.
I almost lost everything. Including my sanity, my self-respect, my self-confidence, and a reason to go on living. My car was repossessed, I was on food stamps and I sent out hundreds upon hundreds of resumes. If it wasn’t for the good will of family and friends, I never would have made it. On top of just living expenses, I have some chronic medical issues. At one point, a doctor refused to see me anymore unless I paid something on my balance.
Eventually I found a job. It paid literally half of what I was making at my previous job. So now I make barely above what would be considered poverty level. The last time I earned this little of a salary, it was 1992. Gas was about $1.25 a gallon and so was milk. I could buy a brand new Honda Accord, well-equipped, for about $17,000. That same car today is about $25,000. The math doesn’t make sense. Salaries have gone nowhere for years but prices have sky-rocketed.
So these people who have been out of work, and on unemployment for 2 years should just SHUT THEIR MOUTHS and be thankful for what they got. It may sound heartless, but I don’t care. I had to take a less than ideal job making half of what I made before, and so should you. Take any job you can find; even if it means flipping burgers part-time. Just because you can’t get a job “in your field” doesn’t mean you can’t work.
I just can’t imagine being out of work and getting a check from the government for TWO YEARS, and then complaining that the government is leaving you out in the cold for not extending your benefits EVEN FURTHER. SHUT UP AND GO FIND A JOB. Or start asking your family and friends for handouts. Because you’re not using MY TAX DOLLARS to sit around on your ass anymore.
That’s my opinion and I’m a liberal democrat. This isn’t about partisanship. This is about real life.