I drew this with a pen from work in my sketchbook. I felt moved and compelled to draw and share this piece.
I and my husband, like everyone else who’ve been posting, are struggling toward an American Dream that hangs in the balance. We both stayed out of trouble, worked hard to get our degrees, and have since been looking for work to afford our student loan payments. We are not lazy. We are not asking for handouts or for redistribution of wealth. People who worked hard to earn their money deserve it, but unfortunately that’s not what’s happening here. It’s not just the banks we should be fighting, let’s not forget it was our own government who used our tax dollars to bail out these fat cats. Our government is every part as responsible for this system break down. Our own Congress cannot reach an agreement on how much of a paycut to give themselves, but have no issue doling it out to the rest of the country. Our generation, and our children’s generation will fit the bill for this greed. Universities are also to blame. The amount of money that is poured into education never makes it to education or our educators. Instead the adminitration continues to let their accounts swell, while the teachers and staff have to face pay cuts, furlough days, and loss of benefits. The students suffer the most. How are we supposed to further our education and careers, when we aren’t even given a chance, just piles of debt that continue to accrue each month? I am tired of politicians and their pointless agendas, and I’m sick of these bureaucrats and fat cats who are willing to let everyone suffer, just so they have more money to put in offshore accounts. I’m tired of my own complacency! I am a part of the 99 % and I am silent no more!
“We sold ourselves a pipe dream that everyone could get rich and no one would get hurt — a pipe dream that exploded like a pipe bomb when the already-rich grabbed for all the gold; when they used their fortunes to influence government and gain favors and protection; when everyone else was left to scrounge around their ankles in hopes that a few coins would fall. We have not taken care of the least among us. We have allowed a revolting level of income inequality to develop. We have watched as millions of our fellow countrymen have fallen into poverty. And we have done a poor job of educating our children and now threaten to leave them a country that is a shell of its former self. We should be ashamed.” ~ Charles M. Blow
I am 54 years old.
I entered the workforce when I was 18.
I have played by all the rules, and paid all the taxes my government asked of me for entire working life.
My house is paid for.
My 11 year old car is paid for.
I have saved for retirement.
I live within my means.
All of my hard earned savings could be wiped out with one major illness in my family.
I am the 99%