We Are The American Dream

The news we’d been anticipating came today, a little earlier than we thought.  The wife was laid off, which means that we are now both members of the new hobo class created by the banksters and their stooges in Washington.  When she first heard that losing her job was a possibility, I had just received the last check from my then-expired extension, Congress hadn’t passed the new extension yet, and all we could do was look at each other, shrug our shoulders, and say, “Well, at least we’ve got an almost-grown kid.  I wonder how much we can get for him on the black market?”

But we’ve got a little savings left, and Mrs. commie’s dad has both the wherewithal and the willingness to give us some financial support, so we’ll be OK.  My wife has decided that thirty years of being a corporate cog is enough, and is she will be going to school to pursue an MA in Health Education.  I will continue hitting the bricks, and long-term I plan to go to law school, so I can become the World’s Oldest Civil Rights Lawyer.  So, don’t cry for us, Argentina.  Weep instead for the millions of formerly two-income families that have an underwater mortgage, no money in the bank, and no safety net to land in, familial or otherwise.

It could be worse, I suppose.  We could have a Republican president and a Republican-dominated congress that was unwilling to provide even a modicum of relief for the hordes of unemployed bums and malingerers clogging our nation’s cities and towns.  Fortunately, today we have a Socialist Negro President and awesome, supportive Democrats in Congress who are doing all they can to make sure that America’s unemployed are getting all the relief they possibly can.

Happy days are here again!

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6 Responses to We Are The American Dream

  1. StringonaStick says:

    I retrained after a few too many recessions in my former career; it was worth it though a bit strange sometimes to be the same age or older than most of my professors.

    Congratulations on having the guts to go for it, and the good luck to have a familial safety net that is willing to help. Both you and your spouses’ new careers will do a lot for the common good; is that where the “commie” part comes in? 😉

    • Yeah, I’ve always been a lefty, even though I’ve spent my entire work career doing nothing but help some rich assholes increase their bank account balances. The last few years have just radicalized me to the point where I don’t want to do that any more, and my wife and I both want to start doing some good instead. Fuck the plutocrats; they can get along just fine without us.

  2. Molly Bloom says:

    I am the wife of CA….the now unemployed wife…..

    I have no idea why my husband is writing on this blog instead of looking for a damn job! [kidding].

    I was let go yesterday at 10 a.m. In an email to my family, during my mid-afternoon inebriation which I believe is appropriate for the event, I wrote: I’m SO done with corporations. Evil and greedy, hermetically sealed, fluorescent-tubed mentally unhealthy soul sucking bullshit existence.

    I got up this morning hungover yes, but a huge sense of relief that I am moving on. My husband was trying to recall a perfect line from Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore “….don’t look back kid, or you’ll turn into a pillar of shit”.

    • I’ll never forget that when I met you, Molly, you thought that Richard Nixon had been a good president, and that he was unfairly maligned. You’ve come a long way, baby.

      Funny how living with the consequences of Republican policies and the conservative/libertarian philosophy of enriching the rich and fucking over everyone else can radicalize a person.

  3. Sharon Brown says:

    commie &molly
    I’m married to a republican who has been radicalized by Obama, I’m out of work going on 2 years, live on the Eastern Shore of MD– no jobs unless you have a degree & 3-5 years experience. Needless to say I have neither & I’ll turn 62 in Nov. I feel like my life is over & yet up til now each year, each job seemed like progress. With your commieatheist radicalism, my blood starts to flow better back to my brain & I can think more clearly. Please never stop blogging. you are needed desperately.

    • Hang in there, Sharon. Easy for me to say, I know, but if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that no matter how desperate things look, they can and do get better. And, of course, you have to do whatever you can to help good things happen.

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