Who Are the 99 Percent? Story #28

I am a 30-year-old mother of a 6 month old. I have no health insurance.† I live on food stamps and I live with my boyfriend who is a police officer and makes 30K a year.† He is also in the National Guard and is currently deployed.† We only have enough money to pay bills and our mortgage.

We rely on friendsí hand me down clothes for our daughter.† I lost my bar-tending job when I got pregnant.† I canít sue because we donít have the money.† I have applied for 200+ jobs with not one interview.† I havenít seen a ďregularĒ doctor or dentist since I was 14.† We also share a 26-year-old car that is a money pit.

We are the 99%.


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Penny C.
Penny C.4 years ago


Gridley Snarfwort

2011 was the year of the Arab Spring. Winter is coming, and the "occupy" movements are shutting down for now. 2012 is very likely to be the year of the American Spring, as millions of disenfranchised Americans are finally fed up with millionaires with no care or connection to them eliminating their jobs, their dreams and their hope.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer4 years ago

Spread the protest.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer4 years ago

Nancy L.,

Take control of your life and don't get pregnant!!

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.4 years ago

Yep, Occupy 99% the next political Party to elected a President and Congress and House Reps!
Let's get started now! Kick the bums out. Let us restore some measure of social justice to America.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

Try being a little less judgmental Nancy, nowhere does it say she is taking YOUR money. It said she was struggling.

Nancy L.
Nancy L.4 years ago

Birth control is free from Planned Parenthood. So no excuses that she couldn't afford it. Or, even if it weren't free from PP, then you practice absinence. Seriously. Take control of your life and don't get pregnant!!

Nancy L.
Nancy L.4 years ago

She had no business having a child in her situation. How stupid is that? Now we have to help take care of it. Don't do things you can't afford to do. Regarding suing - there are attornies everywhere who don't charge unless they win. Try that.

Catherine Buchanan

it seems like that a lot of people are forgetting the fact the 1% became the 1% because of connections to people they had in the houses of congress. for example, making an amendment to the constitution to include corporations as persons; signing over our economic sovereignty to a private conglomeration of banks in 1913 (that is the official year we became enslaved); the colonization of the america's by rockefeller, carnegie, amherst and others. everything that belonged to the people has been stolen through underhanded schemes played out in the houses of congress. and now the supreme court is in the gambit, too, with the decision that free speech is the equivalent to monetary donations to a campaign. if we are to take our country back, we must abolish the federal reserve banks. we must abolish the rules of stock market that products are to be traded on the "future's" market, which is extortion.

Bryon S.
Bryon S.4 years ago

I find it hard to understand why some people here are so adamantly against OWS. They are protesting for your benefit as well. You should be congratulating their sacrifice. Wouldn't you like it if everyone had jobs available to them? That would mean fewer government handouts. That's what they're fighting for. I mean what kind of idiot thought patterns do you guys have?