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Who Are the 99 Percent? Occupy Wall St. Stories #8

Who Are the 99 Percent? Occupy Wall St. Stories #8

We are a military family. My husband has fought in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. His pay JUST covers the expenses for a family of 3.

I just graduated college in May. I earned a 4.0 GPA, went to an ABA-Approved paralegal program, and did a semester-long internship with the county. However, now I cannot find a job. “Entry-level” jobs are going to people with 5+ years of experience. (WHAT??) I have even applied to be a file clerk at multiple firms. They told me that they have ATTORNEYS applying for the same positions. How can I compete with that? I am now considering going back to retail- back to minimum wage. It is better than NO wage. I would go back to school, but I have drained my savings in order to get THIS degree. Right now, spending more on school would mean loans and that seems silly, given I have had no return on my initial investment. I’d like to be able to tell my 11 year old that college is the best way to secure a bright future for herself. I thought that by going back to school I would be a good role model for her. Now, I’m not so sure. This may have taught her that college is a waste of money.

Thank God my husband still has a job and that it provides health insurance! Without that we would be homeless right now.

So it is deeply offensive when our politicians hold military pay hostage as a bargaining chip to keep tax cuts for the rich. (Oh, I’m sorry, “Job Creators”) (Wait…then where is MY job?)  The last time they did that, my husband was in Libya. He was worried that we might not get paid, might get evicted, all while he fought in yet one more war. We love our country. We WANT to believe in its leaders. But they have to inspire trust. Inspire faith. Right now they do not.

·         We are the 99% and we demand leaders who are not puppets for corporations.

·         We demand politicians who are not so far to the right OR left that they can compromise and work together to find solutions to our country’s problems.

·         We demand job creation, investment in public education, and health insurance reform.

·         We want hope. We want to be able to support our families.

The American Dream is not to become rich. It is to see the fruit of your labors, whatever they may be. It is to EARN your rewards. But Corporate America has taken the rewards away. All that is left is work and desperation. (Or no work, and even more desperation) A home, health insurance, providing for your children, giving them a future…those things SHOULD be attainable.  But unions are gone or ineffective. Politicians are corrupt. The Supreme Court values the speech of corporations over those of the people.  Jobs are taken overseas.

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine said that.  He also said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

So if MY labors must go unrewarded, so be it. But now, let us come together to find a solution. Let us make the country better for our children. I want to tell my child, “Go to college. Better yourself. Provide for YOUR family. Serve your country in whatever way you can.” We have to work together to keep the American Dream alive.


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3:12AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you for sharing. Stay strong, we are all fighting this oppression together.

1:31AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

ty for sharing

12:15PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Here is one of my contributions to the movement.... so far. Pass it along.

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12:13PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Here is one of my contributions to the movement.... so far. Pass it along.

Worth watching... subscribe if you like it.

1:38PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

The only way to know who the "99%" are, is to know who the "1%" are. Is George Soros in the "1%"? Warren Buffett (friend and adviser of Pres. Obama)? Bill Gates (a Democrat)? How many "rich" people (including bankers) are in the "99%"? I don't have any evidence on that, but my guess is quite a few. Why is the "1%" figure used? Why not the top 2%, 3% or 5%? To me, it makes no sense.

1:15PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

The question remains, since the 1% didn't respect the 99% yesterday, what efforts will be needed for us to call upon. Can we get there with non-violence, god knows the 1% doesn't respect non-violence, not in a violent world of their own making.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
" Thomas Jefferson

12:53PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Hopefully, these demonstrations spread across the US, and continue on, to become America's "Arab Spring".
We are well past our time for renewal, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "change is our right, our responsibility." 

People, lets take America back from the 1%, they are trading on your future. These people are traitors to the true American way. Let us see heads roll.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson

11:04AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Unless you can afford a lobbyist, your concerns are not important to politicians. Until money is out of politics - that is, the corruptive influence of money - our government will continue to be run for the benefit of the wealthy.

The wealthy use more of society's resources, yet some of them are upset about paying their fair share of taxes. I say some of them because there is an organization called Patriotic Millionaires who have called for a more fair tax rate for wealthy people because it is patriotic.

10:27AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

How did life get so screwed up?

9:09PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I am a only parent of 3 teenagers. I have been unemployed for a year and a half. Went back to school to be marketable, they stopped my unemployment, loosing my home to forclosesure, havent'been able to afford homeowners ins. oin over 10 years here in Fla. Won't be able to drive the rickey van if I don't have almost 400 for car insurance... haven't had medical insurance since my kids were born. Rich have taken over and know how to hide their money and work with less people to make more money!!! That is why there are no jobs, or no one wants to hire older people and will we work anywhere YES! Most people here live on less than 15,000 a year!!!! pay their bills and feed their it is expteremly hard and sad. Is there hope.. I thought there was, but with the Republicans in charge of the congress and the bills being passed there is no hope at all. Depressing enough to think my children will make it better if I was dead. I am a 99% and very sad about our future.

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