Oy, bad news today and I need somewhere to gather sympathy. Thanks to our wonderful economy these days, I was somehow denied my student loan this year. Go figure. I have other options to pursue right now, but it's difficult being here in Germany and trying to contact relatives and banks in the US. Anybody else having problems now? It's actually starting to get me thinking more about the next President. For year I have been a Republican through and through, but maybe high taxes and a couple social and educational programs wouldn't hurt? Taxes hurt too though. My first paycheck here was supposed to be for 500 euros, but after taxes was a whopping 338. After my rent of 230 euros, that leaves me with 100 euros spending money this month alone. Fun fun. All worth it for the almighty resume, right? I guess we just have to keep our chins up in these hard times, and thank some dirty executives for reaping record profits while we sit here and pay out the @(#$%$% for gasoline ---> killing the economy.