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wearethe99percent:

In 2007, my wife and I both worked good jobs.  We are both educated, we didn’t use credit cards, and qualified for a decent home loan.  I worked for the Auto industry managing car loans.  When cars collapsed, the bailout went to the manufacturers - not to dealerships, not to regional services, they all closed and laid off thousands.  I lost my home, lost car, my life savings spent on the birth of my son because we had no health insurance.  We did everything we were supposed to do to have a successful life.
I’m back in school, and it’s expensive but the only one that would take a 40 year old law student was a private school.  Debt is mounting fast.  My wife was supporting us, and we live with my parents, who also lost most of their savings.
My wife was laid off this week.  By the end of this month, we will be totally broke.  I don’t know how I can finish this semester.  Half a law degree is worthless - but I’m already $25K in debt for this.  How do I go on?
What did I do wrong?  Where was my mis-step?  What was my big mistake?  I invested money in savings, I had very little debt, I bought a reasonable house for a good interest rate, I waited until I had been working at the same job for 3 years.
We haven’t felt safe since 2008.  We haven’t taken a vacation, bought something nice, treated ourselves to anything in years.  We’ve used food banks, and my son’s clothes come from Goodwill.  I ride the bus to school every day.  We don’t see an end to this.  I graduate with a law degree and $60K in new debt, and this is the worst job market for law graduates in history.  Will it be different in 2 years?
Will it be different in 20 years?  Did the dream totally expire? I don’t see a fundamental change in how the system works, so I can’t see how the results will change from how it’s been during the life of my son.  He’s three, and this is his America. 
I don’t demand a total shift to socialism, I don’t demand we wipe the debt record, I don’t demand we outlaw insurance companies.  I simply demand that someone in power give a shit about those who have lost everything, and the many more who can’t look forward to anything.  Someone please care, someone who can do something, please do something.
I am the 99%.  And so is my son.
occupywallst.org

You did another thing right. You shared your story.

wearethe99percent:

In 2007, my wife and I both worked good jobs.  We are both educated, we didn’t use credit cards, and qualified for a decent home loan.  I worked for the Auto industry managing car loans.  When cars collapsed, the bailout went to the manufacturers - not to dealerships, not to regional services, they all closed and laid off thousands.  I lost my home, lost car, my life savings spent on the birth of my son because we had no health insurance.  We did everything we were supposed to do to have a successful life.

I’m back in school, and it’s expensive but the only one that would take a 40 year old law student was a private school.  Debt is mounting fast.  My wife was supporting us, and we live with my parents, who also lost most of their savings.

My wife was laid off this week.  By the end of this month, we will be totally broke.  I don’t know how I can finish this semester.  Half a law degree is worthless - but I’m already $25K in debt for this.  How do I go on?

What did I do wrong?  Where was my mis-step?  What was my big mistake?  I invested money in savings, I had very little debt, I bought a reasonable house for a good interest rate, I waited until I had been working at the same job for 3 years.

We haven’t felt safe since 2008.  We haven’t taken a vacation, bought something nice, treated ourselves to anything in years.  We’ve used food banks, and my son’s clothes come from Goodwill.  I ride the bus to school every day.  We don’t see an end to this.  I graduate with a law degree and $60K in new debt, and this is the worst job market for law graduates in history.  Will it be different in 2 years?

Will it be different in 20 years?  Did the dream totally expire? I don’t see a fundamental change in how the system works, so I can’t see how the results will change from how it’s been during the life of my son.  He’s three, and this is his America. 

I don’t demand a total shift to socialism, I don’t demand we wipe the debt record, I don’t demand we outlaw insurance companies.  I simply demand that someone in power give a shit about those who have lost everything, and the many more who can’t look forward to anything.  Someone please care, someone who can do something, please do something.

I am the 99%.  And so is my son.

occupywallst.org

You did another thing right. You shared your story.

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I’m pretty sure you’re not 1%. You may make six figures, but you certainly don’t make seven. If you were, you would be paying your cousin her tuition. You are also 99%, you moron.

I’m pretty sure you’re not 1%. You may make six figures, but you certainly don’t make seven. If you were, you would be paying your cousin her tuition. You are also 99%, you moron.

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wearethe99percent:

I live in Australia…
*My student loans from our government are not subject to interest, they do not increase each year and we can pay these off in manageable amounts
*Our minimum wage is the equivalent of $14 USD and our working week is limited to 38 hours by LAW
*Welfare is available to whoever needs it, we do not have to wait years to qualify
*Every citizen automatically receives health cover for life-threatening illnesses and severe and chronic pain.
- Our government and country is not in recession
- Our corporations still make an insane profit
-We are looked after
IT IS POSSIBLE
We support the 99%
TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY

Again why can’t we follow the Australians?

wearethe99percent:

I live in Australia…

*My student loans from our government are not subject to interest, they do not increase each year and we can pay these off in manageable amounts

*Our minimum wage is the equivalent of $14 USD and our working week is limited to 38 hours by LAW

*Welfare is available to whoever needs it, we do not have to wait years to qualify

*Every citizen automatically receives health cover for life-threatening illnesses and severe and chronic pain.

- Our government and country is not in recession

- Our corporations still make an insane profit

-We are looked after

IT IS POSSIBLE

We support the 99%

TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY

Again why can’t we follow the Australians?

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wearethe99percent:

I am Australian.
I am not rich, I am not fancy.
But I have two degrees because my government understands that educating me benefits everyone.
I have healthcare because my government understands that my health benefits everyone.
I have unemployment benefits because my government understands that abject poverty in wealthy nations is wrong.
I can walk into the office of my local MP, and be heard. Because my government knows that it is accountable to the people, not the corporations.
I have a future because my government was far-sighted enough to help me get it, not stand in my way.
I am not a socialist. My nation’s private sector is among the most profitable in the world, and I am glad for them.
But:
I want my story to be true in every wealthy nation, not just Australia.
I am the Australian 99%. I support my American brothers and sisters.
(Go to:) OCCUPYWALLST.ORG

Why can’t we?

wearethe99percent:

I am Australian.

I am not rich, I am not fancy.

But I have two degrees because my government understands that educating me benefits everyone.

I have healthcare because my government understands that my health benefits everyone.

I have unemployment benefits because my government understands that abject poverty in wealthy nations is wrong.

I can walk into the office of my local MP, and be heard. Because my government knows that it is accountable to the people, not the corporations.

I have a future because my government was far-sighted enough to help me get it, not stand in my way.

I am not a socialist. My nation’s private sector is among the most profitable in the world, and I am glad for them.

But:

I want my story to be true in every wealthy nation, not just Australia.

I am the Australian 99%. I support my American brothers and sisters.

(Go to:) OCCUPYWALLST.ORG

Why can’t we?

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wearethe99percent:

I just buried my 52-year-old mother…
*college educated (paid her way)
*former IL Attorney General legal secretary (8 yrs.)
*Paranoid Schizophrenic
psych bills drove her to BANKRUPTCY
DENIED disability (judge said a SUICIDAL woman could still do jobs like MEAT SKINNING)
in two months, she’d have been BROKE
in six months, she’d have been HOMELESS
IN THIS COUNTRY, my mom is better off DEAD, but that doesn’t make me stop missing her.
WE ARE THE 99%.

This makes me ill. I want to vomit. Poor thing.

wearethe99percent:

I just buried my 52-year-old mother…

*college educated (paid her way)

*former IL Attorney General legal secretary (8 yrs.)

*Paranoid Schizophrenic

psych bills drove her to BANKRUPTCY

DENIED disability (judge said a SUICIDAL woman could still do jobs like MEAT SKINNING)

in two months, she’d have been BROKE

in six months, she’d have been HOMELESS

IN THIS COUNTRY, my mom is better off DEAD, but that doesn’t make me stop missing her.

WE ARE THE 99%.

This makes me ill. I want to vomit. Poor thing.

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wearethe99percent:

For most of my adult life, I have dreamt of being a father.  I know men aren’t known for their biological clocks, but mine was always present.
Recently, I have begun making peace with NOT fulfilling this dream, simply because of both the financial reality and the fact that the powers that be (the 1% and uncaring governments) are creating a near future too awful to bring loved ones into.
I AM THE 99%
AND I WILL NOT GO QUIETLY.

Awesome

wearethe99percent:

For most of my adult life, I have dreamt of being a father.  I know men aren’t known for their biological clocks, but mine was always present.

Recently, I have begun making peace with NOT fulfilling this dream, simply because of both the financial reality and the fact that the powers that be (the 1% and uncaring governments) are creating a near future too awful to bring loved ones into.

I AM THE 99%

AND I WILL NOT GO QUIETLY.

Awesome

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wearethe99percent:

I am a 39 yr. old unemployed, married, father of one. People who eat like this make their money by denying benefits while collecting premiums
I am the 99 percent
occupywallst.org


OMG

wearethe99percent:

I am a 39 yr. old unemployed, married, father of one. People who eat like this make their money by denying benefits while collecting premiums

I am the 99 percent

occupywallst.org

OMG