Who Are the 99 Percent? Story #26

Even though I had a baby at 19, I did everything I was supposed to do.  I worked 2 jobs and finished college with 2 degrees.  I have $35k in loan debt, over $7k in bank debt, and can barely afford my monthly bills.  I did find a job in my field, as a public school teacher.  One-third of my $30k salary goes to pay “family” health insurance premiums for my daughter and myself.  She is 6.  We have no house, no savings.  Last week I took the last out of her college fund to buy groceries.  This week I put $10 in gas in our van and I hope it will last until Friday.  But I make “too much” to qualify for any assistance.  Why?

I am the 99%

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Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer7 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 Meyer7 years ago

Mike C.,

If you are so disgusted with what is happening here, why don't you move to China?

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer7 years ago

Yeah stick it to the government and not those blameless corporations, right?

Gag me with a spoon.

John Coleman
John Coleman7 years ago

What does she teach? Where does she teach? Kid at 19 who is now 6 would make her 25/26 at this time so not sure how much time she actually has in teaching. Also interesting that she is busy demonstrating rather than teaching. Has she gone back against the baby’s father for support or just blew that off? “Making the right decision” doesn’t mean instant results. Actually she is above the government “poverty line”. BTW, those student loans are due to the high cost of higher ed to pay for the salaries of administrators, some tenured professors, sports and building programs. Perhaps demonstrating outside the college might make more sense there as well as demonstrating outside of the Dept of Education who now controls student loans.

Jennifer M.
Jennifer M7 years ago

It's sad to me that so many people are so full of hatred. People do, and ARE, struggling. Many, many people. We are all human beings who should help each other, not step on one another to see who can get the most toys...

Mary B.
Mary B7 years ago

Yes, Mike, the stories are true. All of this and more. You didn't really think all those people out protesting were lazy irresponsable frauds now did you?No one has to prove anything to you, or justify their existence, or the choices they made while being manipulated by a culture that feeds on the energy of the young and the working poor who are trying to get ahead.
That BS about taking 'responsibility for yourself' is also worn so thin it going to tear any minute now and you are going to get a flood of people taking responsibility for themselves by insisting they get a liveing wage at every job, government sponsered health care, and what ever assistence they need to thrive in this country.And those of you who still don't get it that you have to have a strong, healthy workforce if you want to buy cheap stuff and make money on investments, well you can just go to hell. We'll sit here and say, 'you made your choices' didn't it ever occur to you that somebody had to do those crap jobs?The idea of taking responsibilty has been turned into blaming victoms. To 'take responsibilty' you have to have a reasonable expectation of getting the outcome that's being sold to you.But if you have no real life experience and everybody is telling you, go to school, get a good job, do this do that, your life is not your own to decide about. Then the culture drops you when what it promised doesn't happen and takes no responsabilty for pushing outdated ideas based on a time before everything cost

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie7 years ago

Is this story true, has anyone veted any of these stories? they are stories, but are they true?
just asking.

Aliceandthecat Ts
7 years ago

In order to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, the 1% will need to get their on hobnail, steel toed doc's off our necks!

It's hard to stand on your own two feet when youv'e been bound (low wages), gagged(citizens united, voter id laws,)
and have boot on your throat (the police state, extreme healthcare, fear of job loss.)

Sharon H.
Sharon H7 years ago

To Carol and Steve....this young woman is doing exactly what all of you righteous jerks say every day....she's pulling herself up by her bootstraps and trying to do the right thing. The fact that she can't is not her fault...she's a teacher for Christ's sake! You two were cheering when the Republicans wanted to get rid of most of them so that the budget could be balanced. You would have condemned her if she'd had an abortion, and in your eyes, she still did all the wrong things, even though you come here day after day and tell others to do exactly what she has. What a bunch of hypocrites you and others like you are. We here are all so damned happy that your life is perfect and everything is rosy for you, but a lot of us here will have a hard time feeling sorry for you if the worm turns...

Portland Neola
P. L. Neola7 years ago

This is another sad story, but I like reading every one of them.

It is nice to know that there is a very large population of people suffering economically along with me. After I recovered from the shock, the fear, and the pain of losing 1/3 of my income, I was able to open my eyes and look around and notice there were all these people right next to me persevering through similar experiences.

She stated that she has a $30,000 annual income. If I am correct, even $22,000 is too much for state or federal assistance.

She also is not kidding about her insurance!!! In Las Vegas, I heard that the teachers were paying a little over $500 per month for family coverage insurance. A lot of county school districts have their teachers paying an arm and a leg for their retirement, medical and dental insurances. The Nevada State Police (state troopers) also spend 1/3 of their annual income for retirement, medical and dental insurances.