posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 09:36 PM
Wow, it's so sad hearing some of the stories here. Life really has been hard with inflation and obligations.
Well, when my family of 3 came to Virginia, only my dad worked. He earned about $35000 a year and had only $27000 after taxes because we were
foreigners. Everything that we did was cheap. We never went to restaurants, we used dialup, rent for the university apartment was $500/month with all
utilities covered, we bought a used car for $3000, ate cheaply ($300/month). Gas at that time wasn't really expensive so that didn't matter. In the
end, we actually saved up a relatively large amount of money after insurances and such. Maybe 30%?
Nowadays, trying to save even 10% is hard. Both my mom and dad work, but the Florida keeps getting poorer. Now I have to buy all my textbooks ($1000)
even for public school and after paying $2000 in taxes to the school board. You know what they did with the money? They bought every teacher a $500
GPS so that they "woundn't get lost". We paid off our car with the surplus from Virginia a while ago so thats good. But the house is draining our
money. State property taxes are unfair for non-American citizens. With this, we concluded that if both of my parents did not work, I will never be
going to a private college on top of my low intelligence.
We all say that the cause of our problems is a corrupt government and greedy corporations, but we kind of put them there. It's our fault for not
being able to control monopolies and other private collective industries. Now as a democracy, the citizens of the United States should choose their
leaders well, choose leaders who are not already bought off by oil companies or mafias. People better not mess up the next election because that
decides our future. But most likely, another bad egg will rise to power and screw us up after.