Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My student loan chickens have come home to roost

Things are going to shit.

I just got served with a wage garnishment court order that will take 15% of the meager salary I earn from me.

I know what you are thinking.

Maybe I should not have gone to community college.

Others might try and point out (in my defense) that the state of Arizona's constitution mandates that college should be as "free as possible."

I guess we should assume what the state's founding father's meant by that was a $12,000 fee for attending community college, followed by the attendant interest and penalties  for non-payment on my debt that I have accumulated that amount to 25,000 dollars.

It's not every day that a man faces a 15% cut in his salary.

I can't say that I am facing the possibility reasonably. 

I know I am going to lose it soon.  I don't know what that means for the readers of this blog.  Maybe they get front row seats to the destruction of a reasonable citizen, or maybe they just get tickets to the freak show.

I can't be sure at this point.

I am going to lose about 250 dollars a month.

I have no idea how I am going to cut that much money out of my budget.  I don't pay all my bills as it is.

The first thing I am going to have to do is get rid of my cell phone.  I am going to try and keep the internet as long as I can.  But with the strike looming... I have no idea what to do.

A friend of mine suggested that I cross the picket line if it comes to a strike.

I just don't know how I could do that.

I don't have a lot of morals, or even much of an established ethical system.  But if a pseudo-intellectual Marxist like me can't make the sacrifice to strike, then how can I ever think to ask it of any of the other members of the working class?

I am ready to be homeless.  

I would rather be homeless than let the capitalist dogs live one day longer on my labor.

Nothing is more humiliating for a man than an inability to pay his way.  But I will not cross a picket line against my fellow workers.

Anyone who would is dead to me.


Anonymous said...

Have you considered filing for bankruptcy? Seriously.

Alecia said...

Fuck! Man...

midwest woman said...

Just so you know, the union grocery workers went on strike in the River City when wages, hours and benefits were going to be cut about 10 years ago. The public didn't patronize the stores wanting to do the cuts and honked and waved at the striking employees in support. It was pretty amazing. The stores buckled and the employees got an equitable contract. Sometimes the process works.

Romius T. said...


bankruptcy no longer works for student loans after Clinton signed a new law that protects the predatory lenders in 1998.

So that won't help me unfortunately.


That is an uplifting story. I sure hope the same thing happens quickly here!


You said it girl!