I served my country for 5 years (U.S. Military); I have a doctorate degree and started my own business. I was doing well until an irresponsible driver crashed through my bedroom of the house I had purchased, while I was asleep in bed nearly killing me. I fought the insurance company for 3 years and received a very small settlement. Now I can no longer work in the profession I was trained in, and I no longer qualify for affordable health care insurance as a self-employed person due to my chronic injuries caused by someone else. I am the 99%. Please occupywallstreet.org
Tell me - do you think, that life would be easier for your family, if they had stayed in Portugal?
My parents came to this country for — what else? — a better life. My mother had to drop out of high school in 9th grade to help support her parents and siblings. My father had all of his formal education in Portugal and therefore could not speak or write English at the time. The only jobs available to them were factory jobs, which they happily worked for well over a decade before they both lost their jobs. My mother got her GED and became a phlebotomist. My father works construction. They both work 6 days a week to put me through school. I want to be a teacher and a writer — neither of these prospects look good money and stability-wise. My mother makes less money now than she did as a high school drop-out and my father works through poor health and injuries (including a nail going through his hand and broken ribs at two different points in time) just so they can struggle to make ends meet.
We pay our taxes and do everything by the book, and where has that gotten us?
We are the 99%.
I have 3 brothers and no dad. I am too young to work. I can’t afford a driver’s permit. I can’t afford college. I can’t even afford food sometimes. My family and I can’t afford medical costs, We are the 99%.
Looks like a nationwide Nazi Experiment of the big insurances: “How little medical support men are able to survive?”
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I want to work and make something of myself. I want to support my family and pay my bills.In trying to do that my diabetes went unchecked, my toe got infected and had to be amputated. I spent three weeks in the hospital, had four surgeries and now I am 77k in debt from medical bills alone. I still can’t afford insulin because my part time job (which just cut my hours) won’t give me health insurance and I was denied medicade twice.
But - if you should go to Japen, be careful to hold a 200 miles distance to Fukushima - at least if you plan to have children one day.
Where corporations attract the most intelligent young people only to calculate maximum profit within minimum time and paying minimum wages, ther is no place for your study of history. Although history explains MOST of what now happens, I think they really FEAR people like you, with profound education on this topic…
I am a freshman at an in-state university.
I am working towards my teacher certification.
By the end of this school year, I will be around $20,000 in debt, mostly to the government. And I will still be a teenager.
I already want to drop out, because what is the point of college if it won’t get you a job, just a lifetime of debt?
I am the 99%