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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The 99 Percent

99 Percent99 Percent

We are THE 99 PERCENT.

We are getting KICKED OUT OF OUR HOMES.

WE ARE forced to choose between groceries and rent.

We are denied quality MEDICAL CARE.

We are SUFFERING from ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

We are working LONG HOURS for LITTLE PAY and no rights, IF WE’RE WORKING AT ALL.

WE ARE GETTING NOTHING while the other 1 percent is GETTING EVERYTHING.

We are the 99 percent.

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Some heart-wrenching stories

It is sad that I consider my family lucky.

4 kids

Husband works full time for minimum wage and no affordable benefits (health insurance would cost more than his monthly gross pay)

We qualify for food stamps and housing assistance

We live paycheck to paycheck

But at least we have food and shelter.

We are locked into a single income because child care would absorb a second income (plus some)

We do not have credit cards and drive a car that is over 10 years old because we don’t want payments.

Neither myself or my husband have been to the doctor or dentist in over 5 years.

I am in a community college (for Computer Science) and I am fortunate that a Pell Grant covers my tuition and books. But I can see that it is a USELESS degree.

I fear that the PROGRAMS THAT FEED US and keep us in a home will be CUT soon.

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I graduate college in 7 months with a “useless degree” in Classical Studies. I have worked very hard and am on track to graduate with highest Latin honors. I am in a Greek organization with many volunteer hours under my belt.

MY JOB PROSPECTS?

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I am one of the lucky ones, but I am still the 99%.

Welcome to the American nightmare.

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20 years ago, education = job = money = loan repayment

Today, education = loans.

Jobs are few and far between.

No job = no money = loans increase indefinitely = repayment becomes impossible.

I’m $31,000 in debt from my education, and the average yearly salary where I live is $19,000. Household is $31,000. I would gladly pay double my taxes to not have the stress of mounting educational and medical bills for the rest of my adult life.

I am the 99%.

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I never had children, how could we support them???  Like someone posted here earlier, I am looking OUTSIDE THE US for any sort of opportunity.  There is NOTHING HERE FOR US ANYMORE.  In other countries at least my husband could get affordable health care!

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Fired for criticizing company on my blog. Now on unemployment and food stamps.

No Insurance - who can afford COBRA w/o a job?

Looking for work at 52, my wife is 62.

Retirement? Just a dream.

The Banksters have stolen the American Dream.

Corporations are not people. They consume people. We Are The 99%.

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It took me eight years after being laid off and losing my home, my car, and most of my belongings to finally find a good job that pays my rent.

I live paycheck-to-paycheck, and still owe the bank $30k for my foreclosed house from 2003. (Even though they were bailed out).

I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones.

I am then 99% - In solidarity!

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12 years of college

3 degrees (BA, MA, PhD) 4.0 grade average, plus publications

1 Full-time job (40 hours) with part-time pay teaching college NO BENEFITS!

1 Part-time job (16 hours) to make ends meet

$2,500/mo in take home pay

$58,000 in student loans I AM LUCKY!!!  My loans are in low-income forbearance, and the interest keeps risingI cannot pay.

I worked hard (40 hours a week during most of my education), for what? Because hard work and education is supposed to pay off.

Cuts to education on the Federal and State levels = hiring freezes at colleges and universities, despite rising tuition costs for current students.

I will never own a home.

I am ONE MISFORTUNE AWAY from disaster.

My only luxury (one I need for my job) is the internet - what else do I cut back on?

Tell me what I need to do to get ahead, because I did EVERYTHING RIGHT!

EVERYTHING!

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