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You think the economic meltdown was bad, try introducing the government shutdown.

Legislation needs to get the budget figured out by midnight tomorrow before government budget runs out. If they can’t, the government shutdown fucks up millions of Americans because they can’t get paid.  According to Alan Grayson from the Huffington Post, this is bad for college kids like me and military people like my boyfriend. I can’t get government student loans and he’s not getting paid. Did I mention that a shitload of federal workers are going to lose their jobs, too?

Alan Grayson’s explanation of the government shutdown.

People getting fucked over by this according to the Washington Post.

But hey, Grayson says we can all go broke and file for bankruptcy. Yeah, tell that to people getting laid off and my boyfriend in the Air Force whose not getting paid. Where the hell are these people supposed to get money for rent or, I don’t know, food?

Oh right, the Republicans don’t give a shit. (At least that’s what I’ve been reading)

Okay, so maybe I’m being incredibly pretentious here. I’m not exactly affected as I don’t use student loans from the government and my folks don’t work for the government. But it does bother me that my boyfriend isn’t getting paid. Sooner or later, he’s going to be stressed about the money (as if working overtime and weekends isn’t bad enough) and guess who’s relationship gets fucked over?

Selfish, I know. Plenty of people out there with families to provide for losing their jobs and here I am complaining about this.

What I don’t understand is why the Republicans are letting it come to this. What is up with the constant need to disagree with the other party (yeah, Democrats do it, too)? Can’t these people just figure out what to do and not fuck up the rest of the country? Not everyone sits on millions of dollars here; this country can’t afford to not have money while legislators play their blame games.

Sen. Howard Dean says the shutdown is the best thing in the world. Here’s why:

Really? That’s so mature, isn’t it? I don’t see why these people can’t figure out a budget right now. The economy sucks, America’s in debt, everybody’s broke. Deal with it. No amount of budget cuts is going to change that overnight. These legislators really think bashing each other out helps? Hey, if every insult and blame you guys throw at someone pays someone’s rent, knock yourselves out.

As an immigrant, I will never cease to be amazed by the US bipartisan politics. It’s like…okay, I don’t have a metaphor but it’s ridiculous nonetheless.

And here I was thinking this country’s so awesome with all its power, money, and smart, educated leaders; I thought this government had its shit all figured out. Turns out it’s just as screwed up as Philippines, except we never had a government shutdown there.

I just realized how hard it is to find a job here in America (so much for the land of opportunity). It’s not just about the unemployment rate haunting every broke college kid. It’s more about every hoop and ditch you have to jump over just to get experience that will hopefully get you a job.

Back in Philippines, kids have it way easier. High school kids (with the exception of the few who can’t afford school) don’t even know what a job is. We have our parents for that. Nobody hires in college. No one ever had to worry about paying for college because it’s socially dictated that that’s the parent’s job. It’s ridiculous here. Even middle school students are working. College students are bending over backwards to work for school, food, and shelter. Full time students and full time employees.

Filipino college kids don’t have to worry about getting job experience before entering the work force. It’s actually part of their college curriculum. They have on the job training stuff (I don’t know for sure, I moved before I got to that part). And it’s far from the internship hunting experience here in the US. In Manila, if you know someone who has a job, you’re good to go. That’s what relatives are for: they hook you up.

Yes, unfortunately for those who are looking for actual jobs, nepotism’s a big part of the Filipino work culture. But it makes it so much easier for poor little, inexperienced college kids to find a job. Unlike here, you’re on your own.

And when it comes to getting the actual job, the requirements here in America are extensive. You have to have good grades, sufficient job experience, training, possibly a graduate degree, impressive recommendation letters, good references, exceptional skills, and ability to stand out amidst several hundred other candidates with everything mentioned while protecting your job from getting  completely eradicated due to company budget cuts.

CNN’s Top 10 Reason Why Employers Want to  Hire You

What employers look for – Univ. of Minnesota.

All your job hunting goes here. Probably.

 

You know what you need for a job in Philippines? A high school diploma and knowledge of the English language.

Outsourcing.