Friday, October 15, 2004

Middle Class America is Dying.

Work has been extremely hard to find here in American for the middle class, and especially the IT industry. It used to be that we could jump from job to job, but then all of a sudden, companies quit updating the IT department and software and also did not start any new projects. The Department of Defense run out of government grants to do projects, and millions of people have lost their jobs since Bush was "elected" into office. People who used to make around $60k and up are now losing their homes and have credit cards charged to the max trying to survive.
I haven't been able to find a job in almost 2 years, my credit cards are high, I was going to move back to Michigan where I could reside in my father's old farm house rent free because I can't afford to live in my home here in Florida anymore. But I decided to wait until spring before I am forced back to the cold and poor area that I grew up in.
I tried to get a minimum wage job, $7 or so an hour, but can't because I am too educated and used to make too much money. Prospective employers look at my past salary and dump my resume into the waste basket, I'm sure. It only makes sense that once a better job comes along, I wouldn't be staying at their minimum wage job, so they don't want to waste the time to bring me on and train me just to have me quit when something better comes along.
I've told the unemployment office that I would take any kind of job to make it through until Spring, but I don't hear back from them. They assume I can get my own job since I used to be IT! But IT isn't what it used to be.
So, no, I can't get a job, although I have been trying and trying, sending out hundreds of resumes. I don't know how long it will take America to get back on it's feet, but it will be a long long time if Bush get's elected in as President again. He gladly sends over $200 billion to Iraq, and sends our young people to die there, yet won't help his own middle class people when they are down and out. Yet, it's the middle class taxes that pay for his whims....
I am stuck between a rock and a hard place, to say the least. My retirement fund is almost gone, my credit cards are sky high, I don't have any medical insurance, I am losing my home and forced back into poverty. Is this the American way?