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My son's story ended up okay. He joined the army reserves after high school and was quickly promoted to sergeant. I found out about it when they called my number and asked for Sergeant ***. He then served at Camp Anaconda in Iraq while Bush was in office. Thank God he came home healthy and in one piece. I'm also glad that he didn't serve under a President who I feel doesn't really care about our soldiers. He evidently doesn't care about our ambassadors either. I personally feel that one requirement for a person to be eligible to be Commander-in-Chief is honorable discharge from the military or having a parent, spouse, or child that has honorably served.
it is amazing isn't it?
Please excuse all the typos, I shattered my elbow in January and my typing skills haven't recovered yet.
When I was in school, I was rewarded when I got my tests done first or completed my assignments before others. I was asked to do errands for the teacher, decorate the bulletin board, or help the kids who were struggling with their assignment. other kids who completed their assignments quickly and correctly also were asked to tutor other kids. I liked doing that because the kids said they understood it better when I explained things to them than when the teacher explained it in class. I guess it was because it was kid-to-kid and one on one. I enjoyed it and the students I helped liked it because they were able to understand things hey hadn't before. When my son got his tests and assignments done before everyone else, he always ended up getting punished because he was a healthy, active little boy and couldn't sit there doing absolutely nothing for long periods of time. He was a little bit of a clown, so he would start doing things at his desk, that made the other kids laugh so he was told to stand in the hall. He spent most of his time standing in the halls in grade school. One day, he even came home (our back yard was next to the school playground). His teacher didn't even know he had left. I wondered why he didn't get to do the same things I had done when I was in school and mentioned a few times that they should give him something to do when he completed tests and assignments. The teachers were more interested in trying to get me to put him on Ritalin, which I refused to do since he acted like my brothers when they were kids and they turned out just fine. I finally realized it would have politically incorrect, to let him help other kids with their assignments, since it would imply that he was smarter. It probably also would have been politically incorrect to ask him to do other things like I had done because it may have offended another kid that my son was getting to do fun things when he had extra time on his hands. By the time, he was in junior high, he no longer liked school. As long as his speed and accuracy didn't possibly offend another student (or more likely a parent), it was perfectly fine to punish an active little boy who was also very quick and smart.
"Living in the shadows" is a joke. The young ladies have no problem applying for medicaid when they get pregnant so that the American taxpayers can pay for the deliveries of however many new little "American citizens" they create. They just as quickly apply for food stamps as soon as they have the babies. I seriously doubt many want to work legally because then all their earnings would be tracked just like all of ours are and their benefits would be reduced. It's much better to work under the table and let American taxpayers pay the medical bills and buy all the groceries so that their money can be used for whatever else they want. What a life. Paid for by you and me. Our gift to our friends south of the border and overseas too.
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Lois4 Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:33 PM
I don't know why everyone didn't see our economic crash coming. A large part of the middle class was comprised of assembly workers. When all those jobs went to other countries, the middle-class was wiped out. It's hard on older people when they lose those factory jobs they've had 20-30 years because they've usually destroyed their bodies from years of lifting things they shouldn't have or overusing different muscles, They have back and joint problems, carpal tunnel, etc. I'm in my 50's and can't believe the number of people (mostly men) my age who have died in the last few years and many probably were on SSDI first. If this is more than a local trend, we won't have to worry about the male baby boomers retiring, most won't be alive.
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Lois4 Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:07 PM
The town I live in was a booming manufacturing town when i was younger. Our factories started relocating or shutting down 25 years ago. My dad had worked 2 jobs all his life. It was a good thing he had the second job because he was over 50 when he lost his primary employment. It didn't matter that he was a dedicated and responsible employee all those years, he and the others over 50 couldn't find jobs. My dad worked his part-time job until he died suddenly at 72. A few years ago I was a temporary worker for Div of Workforce Dev. Nothing has changed, the people over 50 who had worked at a large local factory couldn't find other jobs even after going back to school on the taxpayers' dime. Employers prefer younger workers.
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