posted on Feb, 21 2009 @ 01:38 AM
What amazes me is that half the people on this forum have probably never owned a home or much of anything else for that matter. Let me state first, I
don't believe in bailouts. Humans learn nothing if not forced to pay the consequences of their actions. A decision is a decision; it's not bad until
the outcome is finally known. In some cases, the results of a decision may not be known for years. Hence, we have seen this with the wave of
foreclosures. Granted, some people tried to work the system, and these are not the people I'm talking about.
My own experience...I had a job which I worked at for years. It required travel, buying certain supplies to complete the work. I was responsible to
pay for both. In 2000, the job paid good money, even after subtracting the net cost of the required supplies and travel expenses. By 2005, the job was
paying 20% LESS, still, the gross income looked good on paper...very good. However, gas suddenly rose to over $4 a gallon...4 times what I paid for it
in the year 2000. I was spending an average of $250 NET DOLLARS a week for gas in 2006, vs $80 in 2000. Mind you, I had taken a 20% pay hit in 2005.
The same supplies I had to buy, were now 25% more, in some cases like lacquer thinner (We used several gallons a week)the price DOUBLED from 2000 to
2006. By July of 2006 our workload had dropped off dramatically. This translated into about 25% more of a pay cut for me. Subsequently, by February of
2006, after months of promises that things would pick-up, I could no longer afford to go to work! I went basically bankrupt.
NO ONE was hiring in my construction trade, and they are still not. Most of the guys I know in the business are severely screwed, since all of them
bought houses in 02,03,04 when the bubble was really building. LAZY??? We worked our asses off 12 hours a day, often in the hot sun of the California
desert. Just to be sure, I ALMOST bought in early 2005, but didn't.
My point is, that stuff goes wrong in life. Not everyone that finds themselves bankrupt is a LAZY piece of dung or looking to suck off the system.
I have a feeling, as the unemployment numbers begin to grow, and grow, and grow (and they will!!!)and this economic collapse really hits MAIN
STREET...a lot of PROUD, HOLIER THAN THOU LOUDMOUTHS are going to know hardship. And until you do, until you have been the VICTIM of a strange,
unexpected, twist of fate, you can not understand the plight of someone that has experienced it. ARE THERE VICTIMS??? We working class AMERICANS are
all VICTIMS, but it's not completely evident yet to most of YOU. Some of us see the writing on the wall. We are TRULY SCREWED...But the true SHOCKING
inevitability is that most of us have yet to see just how badly we have been screwed. And pretty soon...the EGOMANIACS, and the SELF-RIGHTEOUS are
going to join the ranks of the humble and the meek...and somewhere it says that we shall inherit the earth...oh yeah, it was RUSH that said that (and
maybe a few others LOL). But there will be no one to inherit the earth, unless we all realize we are all in the same sinking ship...whether you have a
job, or not; whether you have a home, or not; whether you always paid your bills or not. The POOR are going to have the upper hand here soon...a
little less far to fall, means a little less pain to endure when you hit the BOTTOM. Good Luck to the rest of you...but since you've always had that,
you have no need to worry...