posted on May, 23 2012 @ 04:23 PM
Well ATS. I'm back at the point of suicide. Last year, I unsuccessfully tried to kill myself in the middle of being homeless. That's right, right
after a milestone birthday, and I'm not that old either.
I've looked at some of my colleagues and friends the world over, and they too have been there and done this. And we are no means just idiots running
around facebook all day. We all went to college, got the highest achievable degrees, and never quite got in as 80s kids. The economy tanked as soon
as we got our PhDs. But we just never could either make enough teaching to make ends meet enough and/or we were OVERLY too qualified to take side
jobs, any side job, any paying job because of our education.
I was the last one out of my associates and colleagues to lose their car, apartment, and career. I held on as long as I possibly could, but when you
get laid off, and denied your unemployment, when you don't have tenure and can't pull any money from your pension until you're at least 55, you
catch hell. None of our families supported us and turned on us as if it were our fault. None of us have children, and live a very modest lifestyle.
But all the baby boomers called our family could think of was, here they are late 60s early 70s working so it must be us. We must be lazy and don't
want to work.
This country has a serious problem. It nit picks too much. You have to be 10+ years experience but you can't be over 30. You have to have degrees
and now I see for higher academia positions they want 2 PhDs now just for classroom instruction. Regular minimum wage jobs don't want smart people
because we know the law, and yes, we know about labor laws. Most jobs where I'm at won't hire once they trick you into questions to divulge if you
have pre-existing medical conditions, or children as they don't want to pay the premium. Even if you refuse and take a paycut, its still No.
I have actually been fired from taking the Chair position of a university department after a week because I tried to make more consignments for the
students, which wasn't "cost effective" to at least have resource material.
Some people on here are always yapping about being grateful and taking what you can get. Some money is better than no money. That's bull#. Working
myself to death, going beyond the call of duty to be #ted on by some jerkwad who got the gig out of nepotism who doesn't know his ass from a hole in
the ground is not worth making enough to only being able to eat out of the dollar general after taxes.
People think this economy will get better but it will not. It's getting worse. The depressing part is that America isn't rising to the occasion
and getting mad as hell about it. Most are asleep at the wheel, and the rest are mindless sheeple on facebook.
In the city I live in for every minimum wage worker there are 25 homeless people. And in my travels I've seen homeless people with full time jobs
who are unable to make it with an apartment, or utilities, or even a phone. I don't have any of these things right now. Haven't had them for quite
a while. But how do you dally somebody making 8 bucks an hour being able to pay 1200 a month for a #hole garden apartment? Upstairs apartments are a
lot more, to the tune of 1350-1800. Landlord is being taxed by the city, so he's now making the tenant pay his taxes. Think not. And these are
not nice apartments. These are in the hood where the bullets are flying.
So....as v1rtu0s0 said "The problem is that the middle class is shrinking and allot of jobless people have worked for their degrees or invested blood
sweat and tears in their trades and they're not going to settle for McDonalds. Most people aren't just trying to survive, they are trying to live,
and perhaps have a chance at 'thriving.' If the job can't even meet basic needs, what's the point? "