posted on Oct, 30 2011 @ 04:56 PM
Hi everybody, I am a noob who has been visiting the ATS site multiple times a week for the past few years. Today I decided to join after seeing that
the one guy running for potus 2012 that I may actually support seems to think that I should not be in college. What brings me to feel this way is that
after seeing Dr. Paul's short interview on CNN today I felt it appropriate to further research his stance on federal student loans. While I can sort
of see why Ron Paul wants to drop these loans, I cannot see how doing so would help young Americans anymore than the debt they bring will hurt us.
With that being said allow me to offer a proper introduction of myself and then explain why I feel the way I do about Dr. Paul's position on federal
First of all I am not an average American. Many "average Americans" would consider me to be unimportant. I am a 23 year old who was born into
poverty and has never seen a lifestyle beyond it. My parents are both uneducated, by that I mean my mother is a high school dropout and my father is
practically illiterate, I don't even think either of their parents had a proper high school education and I know for a fact that both of my mother's
parents never seen high school. This of course means that the best job my parents would have would pay minimum wage which means not only they, but
also any children they would have would have to live in poverty.
As a child I had no control of the kind of lifestyle I was given. In elementary school I had no friends because I was from a rather white trash
family. Let me tell you nobody hated my lifestyle more than I did. The funny thing is that I was always the most intelligent child in the classroom.
Teachers wanted me to move up a grade level but my parents would not allow it. I would get beat up by other children and come home and have my dad
"put a bot in my ass" for getting into a fight at school. Eventually this best in the class style I had going would begin to crumble. I just didn't
give a damn anymore. In my opinion it is sad that a child in the 5th grade could actually hold that kind of an opinion on life, but I did at the
Over the summer my parents would split and my mother took my brothers and I to live with her parents in a different city. I went through a major
growth spurt between the 5th and 6th grades so bullying would no longer be an issue in my life, I wasn't afraid to fight back. I convinced my mother
that we should not live with my grandparents who had three of my uncles living with them as well, so she got us into project housing. Before this I
had lived in a crappy trailer park and my father would not allow me to go outside or communicate with others my age. So now I had what some might call
freedom, my mother certainly didn't care what I did. This meant that I would make friends.
I was a white kid in the projects so the only people at school who would accept me were other poor students. If you lived in trailer parks or
projects in middle school, you would be considered a nobody by most other middle school students who had the luxury of having parents that could
provide them with a middle class lifestyle. So in such a situation you would have a few choices, you could be the loner who has no friends or you
could hang with the kids who always get into trouble because most poor kids seem to always be getting into trouble, most of the time this is because
their parents get into a lot of trouble with the law. I wanted friends.
As a young teen i knew some people who sold drugs, which offered a much better living than the 40 hours a week at McDonald's, much better. Most
"good" drug dealers that I've known actually held steady full time jobs, those jobs just didn't pay jack. Selling drugs was kind of a second job,
but that second job paid well compared to the other options.
Neither of my parents sold drugs. My mother had a full time job at a factory which paid her minimum age. She wasn't mentally capable of raising
children in my opinion but she would give my brothers and I whatever money she would have left. Working full time for next to nothing and having 3
children dependents meant that she would at least get a nice tax return every year. Now at 15k a year with around 4k tax return that still falls under
the poverty line and even if used for what I believe it is intended for, saving to pay the bills, you still cannot live happily on that kind of money
in this country. Please do not argue that one can live well with such money until you can actually prove to me that you have done so. Anyway to my
point, I used this money she gave to me on drugs that I would flop. Eventually I was making more money than my mother and selling weed and pills to
those middle class students in school that were so much better than me. All the while I still had As in school, until I decided that drugs was a
better living than any minimum wage craptastic job I would get after school so why not just drop out and get a GED.
Yes I admit I fell into what I was surrounded by as a teenager who was raised in poverty. I made that mistake as a teenager, they tend to make
mistakes. I make no excuses for the mistakes I made as a teen, nobody forced me to make them, I did so of my own accord. However, I did grow up. I was
17 when I came to the realization that I was living life the wrong way and needed to change. As a lower class teen with more cash on hand than most
others I was fairly popular to the others in my category, I got around. But eventually I found a girl who I knew I actually cared about, she was
actually from a very different lifestyle than myself, while she was also poor and from a single mother household. So after knowing her for a while I
eventually asked her out, she was the only girl I think I ever asked out, girls always asked me out. After dating for a while I proposed, I was 17.
This is more or less when I knew I had to grow up.
Soon she ended up pregnant, advise for the young, protection doesn't always work. She went through her last year of high school pregnant and
graduated. She didn't use pregnancy as an excuse to quit school as many do. We were both looking for a job and weren't finding anything. Eventually
she got on at McDonald's and worked there for 2 years, earning some promotions, I still couldn't find anything that would work for us with no car.
We couldn't afford a car with her job, and we lived in a very crappy apartment. She was taking a birth control shot so that we wouldn't have another
child until we could afford it, unfortunately the meds she had to take when she got the flu counteracted the birth control and we had another child on
We did our research and realized that we could actually go to school if we used federal loans. The only reason we hadn't went earlier was because of
horror stories from her mother about private loans and her experiences. We didn't know much about the federal loans. We decided that this would work
for us because no co signer was needed and it would not be based on our credit which we had none of at the moment. Now at this point in time we are
both in college at ETSU, she has a 3.8 and I have a 3.6. If it were not for federal loans we would have no chance of getting out of poverty and many
like ourselves who are very capable of success would not have the opportunity of providing a good life for themselves and their children simply
because they were unfortunate enough to be born into poverty.