Like many Americans, Mike McCarry and his family are working as hard as they possibly can.
"Right now I have two jobs," Mike explains. "I've been working for a little over three years driving a school bus for our local school district, and I also work for an office that collects hospital bills. I'm not there full-time except during the summer. I haven't been able to take a week off for the last four or five years."
Still, Mike says his busy schedule pales in comparison to the workload of another family member.
"My wife, she works five jobs. It's not as bad as it sounds—we joke about it, but she really does. She's been a massage therapist for about 15 years now, but business is really slow because of the recession. She also drives a school bus, and she drives a bus for a senior living community down the street. Then she has another part-time job in the spring and fall for a landscaper who's also a teacher in the district where we work, so she helps line the baseball and softball fields and all that. Finally, she's got a friend who's a veterinarian, and a couple years ago my wife started taking a course to do massage therapy on the animals while they're recovering from surgery, so she does a lot of that these days.
"So we're working a lot, but we're lucky—we have jobs. That's better than not having one at all."
After he watched President Obama present the American Jobs Act to Congress, Mike was on board with the President's plan.
"I'm a veteran, so I totally support the parts of his plan that would help vets. Both of my kids are mired in student loan debt, and I am too, to a lesser extent, because I've tried to help them out. My older son was in school for three years—my sons are four years apart—and I had some student loan debt of my own, and when I sold the old house I paid off all the student loans. Then my younger son went back to school and I started adding them back on for him. This is a broken system, because the banks advertise these as low-interest student loans, but my kids ended up paying 8, 9, even 10 percent on their loans. I don't see that as investing in education, which is what our country needs. On top of that, our roads need work, our bridges need work, and I'm all for this plan."
Mike says Republican opposition to the President's plan is part of a frustrating trend:
"I've been a Democrat my whole life, but don't get me wrong—I've voted for a lot of Republicans. We've had some good Republican candidates here in Pennsylvania, and I think way back I voted for Reagan, so I don't just go in and pull the lever. But these guys seem to have gotten unreasonable. I've heard them say the most important thing is that Obama doesn't get re-elected, which I don't understand—how can that be the most important thing? How can they say something like that? I think anyone who does has lost sight of their role a public servant."
Though Mike is short on free time, he says he wants to take action in the coming months to support the President and his plan to help get Americans back to work.
"I'm busy, my family is busy, and I've got dogs and cats to take care of too, but I'm hoping I can volunteer a little of my time before the election. I'm completely behind him, and I think we can win this thing."
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