As usual, Female Science Professor has an outstanding post up this morning. Unfortunately, however, this one is not about the the trials-and-tribulations or joys-and-pleasures of academic science. Rather it describes a terrible situation that increasingly faces her students, and that is only going to get worse, and worse, and worse:
Several of my graduate and undergraduate students have recently had their lives disrupted because their apartments were in houses or apartment buildings that went into foreclosure. Some have already had to find a new place and move, and some have to move within the next 1-2 months.
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Even without the current mortgage crisis in the U.S., students are too often the victims of irresponsible or even unethical landlords, as I well know from my own experience with an avaricious, grasping, duplicitous, thieving scoundrel of a landlord when I was in graduate school. And now this. In addition to the problems that make the news, the mortgage crisis has generated a cascade of lost time and productivity that affects graduate and undergraduate students, and all those who work with them.
Of course, this kind of thing is just the beginning, and it ain't just grad students who it is happening to. If you are not comfortable with honest, angry language, don't read below the fold.
Unfortunately, this is the just the very beginning of the economic shitstorm, and it ain't just students who are going to get caught up in it. One can only hope that the American voters understand the truth of the matter, which is that normal non-super-rich American citizens like FSP's students are the ones who always get fucked by "conservative" right-wing financial policies, while the super-rich "Masters of the Universe" always get bailed out and continue to fly around the globe in their private jets.
The right-wing Republican version of "free enterprise" means "privatize obscene corporate profits; socialize obscene corporate losses". And see if you can guess who's gonna pay for the socialization of the obscene corporate losses? It sure as fuck ain't the super-rich bastards who privatized the profits.
Normal human being citizens of the United States better boot these sick Republican motherfuckers out of office in November, and never let them anywhere near the levers of power again. They are sick, sick, sick people, and they care nothing for anyone or anything except their own obscene wealth and grotesque self-aggrandizement. Poor-ass fucking graduate students are thrown out into the streets while these assholes continue to fly around in private jets paid for with others' labor eating caviar and laughing their sick depraved asses off. "Free-market" my fucking ass.
(This post solely represents the personal opinion of PhysioProf, and is not an official position of the DrugMonkey blog collective. If DrugMonkey himself disagrees with anything I have said, he will surely make it known.)