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.