Who Are the 99 Percent? Story #30

I am 30 days old.  I’ve already incurred thousands in medical debt, even though I have “good insurance.”  My dad was laid off when construction all but stopped in late 2008.  He hasn’t been able to find anything more than temp work that pays a third of what he was making.  He is now going back to school after more than 10 years.  By the time he graduates he will be over $100,000 in debt.

My mom will still be paying on her student loans when I’m in college.  Luckily she was able to find a stable, union job with the county and has been able to pay the bills… well most of them.

They bought a small 20-year-old, 2 bedroom house in 2006 only to watch its value drop form 250,000 to 65,000.  After hundreds of calls, emails, and faxes to the bank in an attempt to modify the loan, we just received a notice of trustee sale.  Our only option is to move in with my grandparents.

This is not the American Dream.  It should not be this hard.

I am the 99%

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Silvia G.
Silvia G6 years ago

Sad. Hope this situation changes for the new generations.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer6 years ago

Nancy L.,

There are no jobs.

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Yes, only people who can afford to have children should have them. What a stupid thing to do - having a child in that job situation. Now I have to help pay for it. Not cute at all.

Robert Tedders
Robert T6 years ago

@William G.: Could it be the fact that they work for 30 years, and then STRUGGLE ON THEIR PENSIONS?! COULD THAT PERHAPS BE THE PROBLEM?!

Goddamn 1%'er!!

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

Thank You much for sharing with us! Best of luck to you!

lis Gunn
lis Gunn6 years ago

Marg W. I have already sent you a green star but wish I could send you a 100 more. Of course. Health, education, food and shelter should be a right not an entitlement. Unfortunately, those who are independently wealthy don't want to share either their good fortune, their fortune or their power/.

Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

So only those who can afford to have a child should have one.That means only those that are independently wealthy should have children because anyone else could lose their jobs and be unemployed. Use your heads people stop being so petty. Health education and shelter should be a right not a privilege given as prize for obedient behavior. No one has the right to dictate what anyone else should or should not do.

lis Gunn
lis Gunn6 years ago

Keep up the OWS protests. The big business/corporations are so greedy and care not for individuals. Story #30 is tragic but how did it get this way? Why is the bank foreclosing (didn't it make enough profit last year?). Who bailed out the banks when they were insolvent? Why does the dad have to go back to school (at enormous cost) when there may not be a job at the end of it? And why the enormous medical costs?

Alice G. Watch out for communists.They may be under your bed (Better dead than red) but social justice is not communism. The obscene gap between the rich and poor in America is not social justice and if this is the face of the capitalist system, God help you. Your rewards will be in heaven while hell is here on earth.

Cora B.
Cora Bird6 years ago

I see union job here, you can't be hurting that bad.

William G.
William G6 years ago

Alice G. I do think we are in danger of something like that happening here. It is a goal of many of those in control of the power today. I do agree though that corporate influence in government and the tax laws has gotten out of hand and needs to be fixed. But NOT in the way the OWS crowed is attempting. Getting together for the purpose of making a point is our right. Taking over a section of city, harming business, and screaming and yelling at the cops is not a right.

Reading most of the stories being posted here a person gets the impression that these are not poor picked on people. Maybe not the most intelligent but not a group that hasn't had their chances. Is it a corporations fault they paid too much for a house? Is it just bad luck that they were both able to attend college? They have been given every chance,and more than some, to succeed in life.

This group wants a guaranteed outcome in life, a job and housing for life. This is called communism.