Are you willing to pay your fair share? If so, then vote for a Congressional body that will allow you to do that. If you don't like what the other 99 percent is saying - why are you reading it?
I read what the 99 percent movement is saying so I can stay informed. Sheltering yourself from another point of view does no good for anyone. It’s the same reason I watch both CNN and Faux News, and beyond that independently research beyond the story…which is exactly why I’ve been reading the 99 percent comments.
As for my fair share I do believe I pay my share. I feel that so much of my fair share goes to waste along with everyone else. I vote in elections to bring candidates who will shrink the size of federal government. Democrats and established Republicans are the problem. The solution is independent thinkers who will limit Federal intervention.
The media has spun a web of lies embedding the essential question…Do I pay enough in taxes? Why is that the central question? What kind of establishment have we inherited that cannot live within in it’s own means. Even worse, it is incapable of scaling itself back in times of financial hardships.
I am lucky to own my home, BUT IT IS UNDER WATER.
I was fortunate to be educated when our country supported the schools, BUT HOW WILL I PUT MY SON THROUGH COLLEGE??
I work as an employment discrimination lawyer and meet people who are working harder and longer hours to hold on to jobs where they are harassed and mistreated.
I AM THE 99%
My Advice: As an attorney I would hope you make enough to send your child to a local community or trade college. In your field you see the worst of the worst cases of employer abuse. For every person who walks in your door there are 99 others who love (or at least aren’t abused in) their job.
I will never be able to retire.
My Advice: Dump the boyfriend. Unemployed for 4 years and you are paying his child support? Yeah. Dump the boyfriend.
My parents came to America from China because it was fair and for people who worked hard and played by the rules.
99% of us know this is no longer true.
Welcome to the Age of Authenticity.
I am the 99 percent.
My Advice: As you know from your parents experience in China, times they are a changin’. Rather than stick to your guns as a theatre professor, have you explored other teaching opportunities. What else can you teach. Can you see why others might think your profession is a drain? Re-brand yourself as a flexible multifaceted teacher. Justifying your worthiness by denouncing corporate loopholes does not advance your position.
I am a sophomore in high school. I am determined to take the tough AP classes, and I am already three years ahead in math for my age. I work hard to be accepted into esteemed colleges to start a career that can finally let my mom retire from the three jobs she currently has.
All I wanted to be when I grow up was a baker. It turns out that we can’t afford to dream anymore.
I am the 99%.
My advice: You are way to young to give up on your dream. If you want to be a baker, be the best you can be. Start your own bakery in town. Ask family and friends to support you. If college opportunity presents itself then go for a business degree so you can learn to run a streamlined bakery. Keep your goals close to you and do the best you can in school. You only get this one shot.
-18k in student loans
-$850 a month for rent (plus electric, plus heat)
-Seasonal Work only pays $10/hour
-I will be unemployed for at least six months this year
-Unable to find stable yearly job with my current degree
-Can not move to find a job. (No money to do so)
-Terrified for the future.
I AM THE 99%
My Advice: I find it hard to believe that all you can find is seasonal work. Have you checked the retail outlets, the food service in your town, grocery stores, gas stations. Work harder to find yourself full time employment. Even $10 per hour works out to be $1733 per month before taxes. Possibly look for a cheaper apartment. Ditch cable TV and expensive cell phone plan you are on.
My Advice: You have a PHD in Progress? That might be your problem. There is no bailout coming for you. Take ownership of your situation and work hard to overcome. With 180K in student loan debt and no job prospects, I would seriously consider bankruptcy. There’s your bailout.
I’m 13. I live with the fear of growing up into this “America”.
I am the 99 percent.
My Advice: At 13 you should not be worrying about anything but acne, girls and pop quizzes. Stay off the anti depressants and work hard through school. Don’t just pass…excel. Apply yourself in math and science and you will go far.
Single mother. Living with my parents, who own a small business and are barely scraping by themselves. Neither has health insurance or savings. My grandparents have spent their savings on medications. My daughter’s father joined the military to get a degree in a field he doesn’t want to study in, because it offers job security. He is stationed overseas for 2 years and is missing his daughter growing up…she asks for him almost every day, if she will see him soon. She won’t, not because he can’t get leave from work, but because we can’t afford tickets.
We stay married for health insurance and assistance with my college. I have $15k in medical debt (collections) and terrible credit. He owns my car and we live off of his child support while I am in school. My parents provide free childcare so I can go to school.
EVERYTHING I have—roof over my head, financial aid for my classes, my car and financial security, are all due to someone else’s generosity. I am grateful and scared. When will I be able to support myself so I can feel safe? Will this degree be worth it?
I can’t tell my daughter she can be anything she wants to be. I can’t even guarantee she will have clean air to breathe or a school that isn’t underfunded and understaffed.
WE ARE THE 99%!!!
My advice: You are living off the love of others. Be thankful that you are getting yourself through school. You will find a job after graduation and you will feel a sense of worth and accomplishment. Tell your daughter she can be anything she wants to be. Nothing will stand in her way. She’ll work hard just like you are.
I haven’t had a day off in 2 months, but I am thankful to have jobs. I pay overdraft fees every month. I pray that my car doesn’t break down and that I stay healthy because I live paycheck to paycheck. I know that helping the sick and the poor is the right thing to do. I am the 99%. We are fed up. occupywallst.org
My Advice: Keep working hard. Try harder to better manage your money. You shouldn’t need to pay overdraft fees if you keep better tabs on your money. Adjust your spending habits to put back a little savings. Keep a rainy day fund in case your car does break down. Hang in there! Break out of the 99% mold!