Profanity Ban Suspended in Honor of Samantha Hillstrom, CNN
I’ve pretty much decided that I don’t have the time to continue posting on here regularly, if at all, between work and school, so from now on posts will be sporadic at best, and this space will be used primarily as a forum for my own personal venting (which doesn’t really change anything…).
So between that, and the subject line, consider yourself warned. What follows will not be pretty, in any sense of the word. There will be much strong profanity. Seriously.
Mom, if you’re reading, stop now. Everyone else read on, if you want.
Yesterday, Kate at smalldeadanimals linked to a rant from Captain Capitalism, stemming from a post on Anderson Cooper’s blog (with the awesomely hip name of “AC360,” but with a degree sign after the 360, which I’m not going to waste time figuring out how to reproduce here – trust me, the blog name is insanely hip and edgy. Just like Anderson Cooper.).
Anyway – the post is from “Samantha Hillstrom, CNN Production Assistant.” And I have this to say to her:
Fuck you Samantha Hillstrom. Fuck you and your lazy, stupid, spoiled ass.
Samantha spends the length of her post whining about how she has a mountain of student loans to pay back ($115,000, apparently) and based on the terms of her loan, 12 years to pay it back. And she’s complaining that her monthly payment of $1200 isn’t affordable. And then she follows that up with: “And let’s just say my lifelong dream career in television doesn’t lend itself to that.”
“Some might say, “Sam, you shouldn’t have gone to a private school in New York City if you wouldn’t be able to pay it off.” Well, I made a lot of mistakes when signing up for my loans, but I was uneducated on the process and on the repayment and now I’m stuck. I share the same anxiety as the families struggling to pay their mortgages. How was I ever to expect the financial crisis that was going to happen and where can I get some help?”
Fuck you Samantha Hillstrom. You’re goddamn right you shouldn’t have gone to a private school in New York City if you wouldn’t be able to pay it off, you stupid ass. You were “undereducated on the process?” You didn’t realize that you weren’t just going to be handed $115,000 and not be expected to return it within 15 years?! If you couldn’t understand that, maybe you shouldn’t have been going to college, you dumb shit. Sounds like high school is about as far as you should have gone.
“According to the Federal Education Department, in 2009, the amount of outstanding federal student loans is $544 billion, up $42 billion from last year. Where is our bailout? Where are our options? The default rate on student loans this year is already at 6.9%. That’s a 13% increase from last year.”
Your options? You’re options are to suck it up and stop whining and make some serious sacrifices in your life like millions of other Americans do every single fucking day. Your options are to move to a cheaper apartment, to stop eating out, to sell your possessions, to stop going out at night, ever, to stop taking vacations, to subsist on Ramen noodles. These are your options. You want a fucking bailout? Go to hell, Samantha Hillstrom. Go join the military. They’ve got great college payment options for you. Or work your ass off and get a higher-paying job. Screw your dream of a “career in television.”
This is the direct result of a generation of lazy parents telling their kids that they could “grow up to be whatever they wanted.” Guess what? It’s a fucking lie. Just because you want to grow up to be a baseball player, odds are it ain’t gonna happen. When I was five, I wanted to grow up to be a fucking crab living in the Baltimore Aquarium. Didn’t happen. Just because you want something to happen, doesn’t make it a right. The world needs ditch diggers too.
Samantha Hillstrom, this is a direct question: What do you think should be told all those people who have made sacrifices their whole lives to be able to pay off the debts that they accrued, on time. What are you telling my mother and father, who worked their asses off for about forty years so that my siblings and I could go to college? What are you telling me? I worked my ass off during college to pay my way through the last three years. What are you telling the millions of Americans who have given years of their lives, or their actual lives, to serve in our military in order to pay for college? Let me answer this. You’re telling them: Fuck you. Fuck you and your sacrifices. I want to work in television. And I don’t want to have to pay for it.
Well fuck you Samantha Hillstrom. Fuck you and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
“I chose to go to a private school and I chose to work in a field where the starting salaries are low. Does that mean that I chose to live a life of struggle, wondering how I am going to pay my rent, afford the basics of living and still stay in my chosen career field…all while putting up with high interest rates and an amount of debt that brings me to tears?”
Yes, you stupid fucking ass, that’s exactly what it means. Grow the fuck up.
“If you want people to pay you for getting educated, get scholarships, internships… I think it is great that more and more people are getting educated but we live in the real world where everything costs something and no one gives you anything for free, they all want to be paid back. If you wanted Uncle Sam to pay for your school then you should have served in the armed forces and he would have been happy to pay for your schooling (not all because you aren’t FORCED to go to a private richy-rich school).”
Check it out, it’s a much much gentler than mine. Maybe I shouldn’t be a teacher. Having said that, most elementary school children have a better sense of personal responsibility and understanding of the idea of “free will” and “consequences” than Samantha Hillstrom does.
UPDATE 2: Oh, but if you did, for some reason, appreciate the more cathartic tone of my rant, feel free to check out its related, earlier little brother, here.
UPDATE 3: Another nice response from Kevin Hughes at Plodding Insight, again, much more SFW (and children) then mine.
“In certain dark moments I feel despair about the direction our country is taking. If this idiotic sense of entitlement keeps up, our politicians (who fall all over themselves to please the crowd even if it means destroying the country) are going have to raise quite a bit of money to give these people what they feel they deserve.”
Amen, Kevin. Read the rest here.