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I’m 27 years-old with a 3 year-old son. I work 2 jobs and go to school full-time and we BARELY make it. We are 50K in debt from student loans. I want to WORK HARD. I want to MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT. Who will bail out my son if I don’t succeed?
We are the 99%.
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I am fortunate enough to have a job. After paying crèche fees and other regular expenses, I had maybe €300 ($415) a month for luxuries and irregular necessities. I got by, reasonably comfortably, because I live rent free with family.
Meanwhile, elsewhere, some people with monthly incomes higher than my yearly salary, made some bad business decisions. They made investments that promised returns so high that they had to be risky. And when those investments failed, because there were banks involved, my government stepped in and stopped those people from losing their invested money. They bailed out the banks and I am paying for it and my son will pay for it when he grows up. The odds are high that his children will too.
Because of the debt my government have gotten us into, I now pay the ‘Universal Social Charge’. This is a tax which is calculated on gross income and paid along with all kinds of other taxes and often by people who are exempt from those taxes. I pay close to €150 ($200) a month and I can barely get by on what I have left. There is a budget coming and I expect to be expected to pay more.
I AM THE 99%. WHY AM I PAYING THE GAMBLING DEBTS OF THE 1%?
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I have $90K in student loan debt. My payments are 20% of my income.
By the time I pay off my debt, I will have paid the government double what I borrowed.
My boyfriend is a small business owner. He has no insurance and we cannot afford to purchase any.
My car will die at any moment and we have no extra money to buy a new one.
WE ARE THE 99%.
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I am not enslaved by my student loans like so many others. My generation was told that a college education was the way to a better life and that all educational loans were ‘good debt’. I did not need to take out financial aid, but I certainly would have if my parents had not dutifully saved for my education. The difference between me and those friends who did not have wealthy parents is $20,000-$100,000 in debt. How can we fix this? Children have been told that the key to success is to get a college education. Their reward for attempting to do the right thing: heaps of loans and no work prospects! We need to redefine success and give the appropriate amount of respect to the working class. Not every career needs a college degree and not every person should feel pressure to get one. Students should be encouraged to consider trade schools and service positions; working for your community should be a positive career track.
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I have a Magna Cum Laude BA, and not even the grocery store will hire me. I want to go to law school but can’t afford it. I lived without electricity with my single mother and little sister for more than 2 years. Now I’m lucky enough to live with my boyfriend who pays for food and rent. But he’s in the military - and when (not if) he deploys to a drawn-out, senseless war, I don’t know where I’ll go or what I’ll eat.
I am the 99%.
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I am a 24 year old disabled college dropout. I could not afford to continue my college. I now live with my parents and our combined incomes barely cover the mortgage. They were both laid off 2 years ago, and now make much less. I cannot afford meds and a doctor.
I am the 99%
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My single mother worked for YEARS so i could get an education. Now I’m 18, a college soph (skipped a grade) @ an EXTREMELY expensive, elite uni.
Jesus, I’m SO SCARED of graduating w/o a job. My 53K a year tuition has been dropped to 4K (grants, scholarships), but I still have to take out loans. I’ll be 12k in debt w/ a BA, who knows how much w/ an MA. I worry so much about getting a job that I can’t sleep/eat.
I’m only 18. What has happened??
I am the 99%
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I just want to buy vegetables without chemicals.
Walmart Controls everything.
I just want free software.
Microsoft controls everything.
I just want my people to be heard.
Biased media controls everything.
I AM ALSO THE 99%!
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My father was a lawyer for 35 years. Now he builds furniture. He paid his way through Northwestern Law School on minimum wage. Now he can barely afford the room he rents. He’s 62 years old. He does physical labor every day and is in SO MUCH PAIN when he goes home.
He is the 99%
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I am married with 2 kids
-My rent is paid
-My utilities are paid
-I’m able to buy food
ONLY because after my husband got laid off from 4 jobs he joined the Army. He is now deployed and fighting for a country that has tossed us (the 99%) aside.
WE ARE THE 99%
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