My name’s Scott and I’m unemployed. So here I was, just minding my own business, providing for my family and just living the dream.
For 15 years I’d been running staffing agency territories and training the recruiters. Things were great. In 2006 my wife and I sold the house we’d owned for 12 years, put a $250K down payment on a bigger place.
One day I’m checking my 401k online and almost 1/2 was gone! What the heck!?
A little bit later, there’s a foreclosure across the street. Same floor plan as ours – ends up selling for $100k less than what our 1st mortgage is. Doggone it!
I hear about judicial loan modification (cram down), congress it going to help straighten things out I hear. I learn that I used to be that way until Congress changed it in 2005….. hmmmmmm. Well, cram down doesn’t pass, and I make a point of seeing which Congressman / Senators voted against it.
Playing the lost docs game with Chase Mortgage on a mortgage modification. (Still trying 18 months later)
As unemployment rises and , I reduce expenses, but in the end I get laid off. Re career at 50 – whoohoo! I hammer the marketplace, trying to get work, but the recruiting agencies aren’t expanding yet.
Shocked when congress goes home for the Memorial Day weekend without extending unemployment benefits. But oh well, they’ll get it right when they come back……
July 4th rolls around. Still trying to get a job.
House passes unemployment extension in the final hours, but Senate has already left for the 4th of July holiday….. Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering in the worst economy and they go celebrate 4th of July?
What the heck?
I read that Republicans block the extensions because it will add to the deficit. Been hearing a lot of Republicans screaming about the deficit, so I go to treasurydirect.gov to see what it was when our President took office. Almost $11 trillion. Currently at $13 trillion. I get curious, what was it when President Bush took office? – I look it up on treasurydirect.gov – almost $6 trillion.
Wait just one cotton pickin’ second, something’s not right here….
I go to ontheissues.org website and see that our Congressman, Republican Darrell Issa voted against :
- Modifying mortgages in bankruptcy –
- extending unemployment –
- all of the stimulus funds to get economy going –
- regulating the subprime mortgage industry
Ok, I’m pretty angry now.
I read his voting record further. I get angrier.
I vote for the Democratic candidate in the primary – Howard Katz.
I begin reading more on Darrell Issa and I find out he’s the richest man in Congress and read lots of articles surrounding a “less than ethical” background.
My one vote isn’t going to be enough I figure, so I wrote to the Democratic candidate Howard Katz, told him our current Congressman’s voting record does not reflect the best interests of my family and could I volunteer to help his campaign. Never done anything like this before, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to tossed around like a ragdoll and then have my character insulted.
I begin to take things personal. I am starting to see how the political game is being played for power and millions of Americans are the chess pieces.
I don’t know if we’ll unseat Darrell Issa. With a lot of help, luck, and good winds, we’ll replace him with someone whose positions and values reflect the needs of our new current reality.
Things have changed, for me, and millions of others. I’m not afraid of our future. I’m not nervous about our future.
And I’m going to do whatever I can to send that message.
Please visit our candidate’s site. www.hkatzforcongress.com .
If you can donate anything -we have to pay the rent, buy signs, buttons, we have to advertise,etc. as it’s an all volunteer staff.
I hope you’ll do what you can to send a message to congress this November.
They’re not watching out for us. One vote isn’t enough
And by the way, “I stand with the President of the United States”
Always have before, always will.
Even the Republican ones. That’s my President