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Let's Get in on the Ground of Broken Promises (2)

21 October 2011

I am 35 years old. I have a BA and attended grad school until I had to drop out for financial reasons. I made excellent grades and played by all the rules that “good kids” are supposed to play by to be successful.

I make about 35K and owe 50K in student loans for a Master’s Degree I couldn’t finish.

I have never owned a home and probably never will. I rent a room from a friend. The house is currently underwater and I am afraid he will decide to walk away. I have never lived without roommates.

I have never had a full time job. They have all been “part time” jobs where I work 40+ hours a week, but they don’t want to give me the higher level of benefits.

I hate my job, but I stay and work hard because I know I am lucky to have it. I am one of the privileged few to still have good benefits.

We are expected to do the work of 2 or 3 people and have mandatory overtime every week because they don’t want to hire any more people. I am exhausted all the time. My health has declined due to the stress and I now have to take medications to deal with it.

The company is making near record profits, and our department is directly contributing to the company’s profitability. These profits are not going back to us, they are going to the 1%. Instead, our benefits are getting cut by about 10% due to the “bad economy”.

I know I am one of the lucky ones, because I haven’t lost everything yet.








I have an English degree that costs more to pay back than a job as a writer pays. I am also a woman, so minus 25% of that.

What kind of a Nation charges more for education than the salary of an occupation??

-I am the 99%




Tired and mad as hell. Sick of choosing between rent and food. Too jaded to want children. Worked all my life for those MUCH better off than me with no recognition and little pay.

The american dream is, and has been, DEAD.

WE are the 99%.




I am a young medical professional who BARELY makes it paycheck-to-paycheck because I have OVER $200,000.00 in student loan debt. I pay almost $1,000 a month just in student loan repayment. I will have to do so for the next 30-years. How will I ever afford to buy a house, have children, or save for the future??



I just graduated from college. Straight A student. 3.9 G.P.A.

I can NOT find a job. I am working with a temp. contract making less money than I used to make before graduating. My husband is working for the both of us. My dad always told me NEVER to depend on a man but what choice do I have?

I AM THE 99%



I still have a job but I’m holding my breath. Four of the folks I work with will be laid off at the end of this year. How long before I’m next? I’m 50 and if I loose my job, research shows I’ll stay unemployed until I die.My partner and I have two young children—one with special needs.

We’ve slowly gone into debt over the last ten years. Everything costs much more (we pay 3X more for utilities and 2X more for groceries) and our combined pay has remained the same over the last ten years. We’re told the economy is tough and raises have been suspended. Meanwhile, the Republicans at the top of the company where I work have become blatantly wealthy.

We got rid of our second car because we couldn’t afford the repairs. We live in a small house, don’t eat out, or buy fancy clothes. We’re just average folks. Me and my partner work hard and pay our taxes and try to live within our means. But it isn’t enough anymore. Corporations and Wall Street won’t be happy until they own 100 percent of the wealth and we’re all living in the street.

I’m one of the 99%.





I am 18 years old. Working full time and in school full time. money is tight at home so I am paying part of our rent and other utilities. helping my single mother of 3 in anyway possible. With little time for studying, I’ll be lucky to graduate…

~|~ I AM THE 99% ~|~



I'm a single parent who can’t afford to live on my own. I travel and work 60hrs a week as a manager, and yet i still make less than the cost of living. My mother died last year because she couldn't afford the treatment she needed to attempt to survive, and now my father is sick as well. I'm worried that my daughter will have a worse life than the hell we live in now. I have worked my life away for the last 14yrs and i can pack everything i own into the back of a pickup truck because i sold everything else to pay bills. I hope the 1% understand i will fight for a better country for my daughter, so if it comes to that… I'm happy i can say…


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