Holiday Wishes: 'Once you start falling, it's hard to stop ...'

Troy Antrim, left, and his 16-year-old daughter Lindsey during an interview at their home in a North St. Full Story
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Hmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Dec 12, 2010
Should some catastrophe befall you I'd wager you'd be first in line with your hand out.
TeaPartyPatriot wrote:
Pathetic! Get a freakin job and stop stealing my money, losers!
I eat Politics

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Dec 12, 2010
BachmannPalin2012 wrote:
Wow... what a dope! Liberals have turned this man into a welfare queen for life! This deadbeat needs to be thrown in debtor's prison! First we bailed out the banks and now we're bailing out pukes like this! Makes me sick!
Nice try .......Political baiting! won't work here!
troll alert

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Dec 12, 2010
Don't feed this troll!
BachmannPalin2012 wrote:
Wow... what a dope! Liberals have turned this man into a welfare queen for life! This deadbeat needs to be thrown in debtor's prison! First we bailed out the banks and now we're bailing out pukes like this! Makes me sick!

Since: Jun 10

United States

#26 Dec 12, 2010
embarassing questions wrote:
there are indeed some temporary "deserving poor".
But can I ask a question? Aren't many of the welfare programs simply enabling people to maintain indolence and laziness?
I see all kinds of work around here that needs to be done. I would start a business, hire hard workers, and get the work done..........if we all could make a profit and feel better about ourselves.
Cut my taxes and I will create jobs and wealth for many.
Hey genius - your taxes have already been cut for a long a time and it hasn't created any jobs yet!!

Since: Jun 10

United States

#27 Dec 12, 2010
Steve wrote:
Complacency and poor life choices are what puts most people into this situation. May not be the case with this story, but I have seen neighbors and friends, living far beyond their means, spending every penny they make to buy the latest and greatest toys. Then a job loss sends them spiraling down to the point of losing everything. The point is that people need to prepare themselves for the worst (which this story points out) and learn to save rather then spending everything they make.
This man has been out of work for 3 years!! He did have savings and a 401 - do you have over 3 years of living expenses saved up?? I doubt it!!
YesImALiberal

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Dec 12, 2010
Times are tough. Enough said. Some people are broke because of bad decisions and some because of the economy. That's the truth. ANYONE could lose their job tomorrow and be on some form of Government support.

Now how many of you are on here living off unemployment and trash-talking about the families on welfare? Quite ironic, eh?
the troll

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Dec 12, 2010
The economy does suck, but when the mortgage industry went, so did housing/construction material/labor. The guys I drive school bus' with came from the realty field, const mgmt and skilled union trades. The unemployment rate for 4year degreed Minnesotans over 25 is about 5%. alot of folks are underemployed or taking a job beneath their former skill and pay level. Sorry, dude - three years unemployed?

Since: Jun 08

St. Paul

#30 Dec 12, 2010
Steve wrote:
Complacency and poor life choices are what puts most people into this situation. May not be the case with this story, but I have seen neighbors and friends, living far beyond their means, spending every penny they make to buy the latest and greatest toys. Then a job loss sends them spiraling down to the point of losing everything. The point is that people need to prepare themselves for the worst (which this story points out) and learn to save rather then spending everything they make.
So smug, aren't you? Even the smartest of savers don't usually have enough savings for two or three years. When you lose your job you have plenty of hope that you'll find another one soon. You cut back on the extras and try to keep your head above water. Once you get behind on your mortgage and bills, it's a slippery slope and is hard to pull out of unless you find a job quickly.

Yes, there are some who are abusing the system, but my observation has been that there are many who are truly unable to find work.

Perhaps we should give you and others some compassion for the holidays. I've gained a lot of compassion over the last seven years of fighting an illness. I've learned what it's like to not have enough money to buy bread and milk until your next paycheck comes in. It's VERY scary.

We never know what will happen to us in this life. So rather than ridicule and lecture, try a little compassion. Perhaps a little bit of volunteer work would help you to understand. I'll be doing mine over the next few weeks.
watch this brilliant mind

Orange, CA

#31 Dec 12, 2010
Nicki D wrote:
<quoted text>Hey genius - your taxes have already been cut for a long a time and it hasn't created any jobs yet!!
heh......tell me more about my situation, my well-educated, well-read friend. No doubt you are aware that the USA has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the WORLD!

But I'll make it a little simpler for ya'

Allow people to keep more of their money and some will spend, some will save (which is a type of investing....through a bank etc) and some like me will start a business, hire people, and create wealth

But, since the taxes just have to be so high, I will take my profits where I can and forego starting a business and just look after myself.

Got it, genius?
the troll

Minneapolis, MN

#32 Dec 13, 2010
Curious_2 wrote:
<quoted text>
So smug, aren't you? Even the smartest of savers don't usually have enough savings for two or three years. When you lose your job you have plenty of hope that you'll find another one soon. You cut back on the extras and try to keep your head above water. Once you get behind on your mortgage and bills, it's a slippery slope and is hard to pull out of unless you find a job quickly.
Yes, there are some who are abusing the system, but my observation has been that there are many who are truly unable to find work.
Perhaps we should give you and others some compassion for the holidays. I've gained a lot of compassion over the last seven years of fighting an illness. I've learned what it's like to not have enough money to buy bread and milk until your next paycheck comes in. It's VERY scary.
We never know what will happen to us in this life. So rather than ridicule and lecture, try a little compassion. Perhaps a little bit of volunteer work would help you to understand. I'll be doing mine over the next few weeks.
The INS has just sent over 3,000 illegals packing in Mn in the last 12 months. Lets get some white unemployed folks in there. Janitor, leather tanning pots, Chipotle. Too many "I'm unemployed for 3 years" guys won't take this type of employment.
Demented

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Dec 13, 2010
watch this brilliant mind wrote:
<quoted text>
heh......tell me more about my situation, my well-educated, well-read friend. No doubt you are aware that the USA has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the WORLD!
But I'll make it a little simpler for ya'
Allow people to keep more of their money and some will spend, some will save (which is a type of investing....through a bank etc) and some like me will start a business, hire people, and create wealth
But, since the taxes just have to be so high, I will take my profits where I can and forego starting a business and just look after myself.
Got it, genius?


As a business owner, I feel a lot dumber after reading your post. Nice job of trying to spread the Tea Party crap official line though.
WealthSpring

Newburgh, NY

#34 Dec 18, 2010
I don't feel sorry for this guy at all. He is responsible for his own downfall. He seems like a lazy crybaby to me. There are thousands of jobs out there but this guy has been spoiled by a lucrative mortgage industry. Loan officers were the most overpaid employees. I bet he made a six-figure income for several years and blew all the money on foolishness. He deserves his own destiny.
Debbie Cummings

Newburgh, NY

#35 Dec 18, 2010
What a pathetic story. Loan officers were like evil predators who caused a lot of hard working people to forclose on their homes. He probably lied and committed fraud. What a loser. I'm taking pleasure in his misery.
Eric McVay

Newburgh, NY

#36 Dec 18, 2010
Sounds like karma to me. He was an overpaid loan officer who probably lied and deceived people and now his sins have come back to haunt him. I wouldn't donate a penny to this loser.
California Joel

Rocklin, CA

#37 May 27, 2011
Troy Antrim used to be my boss for almost 3 years at American Summit Mortgage. I learned almost everything I knew from him and when I left the company back in 2000 I went to a new mortgage company and went very far up in management. I made money beyond my wildest dreams and I owe alot to this man Troy Antrim. I still to this day use all the sales pitches he taught me and still 13 years later they work. Mortgage companies have to be retarded not to hire Troy. This guy is energetic and knows how to energize a team. I saw him do it for several years. Troy Antrim is an amazing sales person and an awesome manager
Joel Hrachovec
Cali
Jon

Minneapolis, MN

#38 May 29, 2011
Is it Christmas already?

He was greedy making hefty origination fees on people who were evenutally going to lose their houses. GREED then karma kicked in--poetry. Life bites, get over it. No sympathy, except for his kid.

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