• Letter of the Week—January 16th, 2012

    Happy New Year Mr. President,

    Just wanted to let you know that I donated $20.00 to the 2012 campaign. It's not a lot, but I am happy to do so.

    I also thought I might offer you some more perspective from those of us who have worked and struggled through the years. I was one of the early casualties of the sub-prime mortgage disaster back in 2002, just after 9/11. I was 50 at the time, and after 24 years in the electronics industry, I was finally let go due to "workforce reduction." Raising a family, paying a mortgage—and yes, I was solely responsible for not exercising better fiscal responsibility by over-leveraging—all of that came to a screeching halt with no income.

    To make a long story short, all of my retirement earnings were used to pay off as much debt as we could. Ultimately we short-sold the house, my marriage ended, and I filed for bankruptcy.

    Was I ready to just give up? I really had to focus and to find the resolve I needed to move forward. With the help of family, I was able to re-attend college and pursue an entirely different career path. I graduated college in 2003 and have been working in the public sector ever since.

    But I remain absolutely optimistic, my faith in our country still great. Moreover, I believe in our spirit as Americans and that we will continue to do the right things. Mr. President, you can count on my vote and support in 2012.

    Respectfully,

    Alan

    Letter of the Week