Ezra Klein har gått igjennom Tumblr og hentet ut noen av historiene som amerikanere deler med omverden under parolen ‘We Are The 99 Percent’. Parolen henviser til de 1% hinsides rike, og de 99% ikke så hinsides rike. Her er noen av historiene han fant:
“I am 20K in debt and am paying out of pocket for my current tuition while I start paying back loans with two part time jobs.”
“I am a 28 year old female with debt that had to give up her apartment + pet because I have no money and I owe over $30,000.”
“Married mother of 3. Lost my job in 2009. My family lost our health insurance, our savings, our home, and our good credit. After 16 months, I found a job — with a 90 mile commute and a 25 percent pay cut. After gas, tolls, daycare, and the cost of health insurance, i was paying so my kids had access to health care.”
“I am young. I am educated and hard working. I am not able to pay my bills. I am afraid of what the future holds.”
i am a 19 year old student with 18 credit hours and 2 part time jobs. i am over 4000 dollars in debt but my paychecks are just enough to get me to school and back. next year my plan was to attend a 4 year college and get my bfa, but now i am afraid that without a co-signer i will have no shot at a loan and even if i can get a loan i am afraid that i will leave college with no future and a crippling debt.”
“I went to graduate school believing that there might be some financial security afforded by a higher degree, and that with that security I could finally buy my mom her own house and take care of her. Instead, I have wasted six years of my life.”
“I am a 27 year old with a bachelor degree. I ran out of my student loans while trying to find a job. I am ‘living’ with my mother again to get back on my feet. So far, the best I can do is a part time retail job paying $8 an hour. I am hearing impaired with cochlear implant. My cochlear implant warranty expired. I do not have the money to renew it. How can I work at my new minimum wage job when my implant is broken? I need it to HEAR.”
Den siste gjør vondt. Fysisk vondt.
But this is why I’m taking Occupy Wall Street — or, perhaps more specifically, the ‘We Are The 99 Percent’ movement — seriously. There are a lot of people who are getting an unusually raw deal right now. There is a small group of people who are getting an unusually good deal right now. That doesn’t sound to me like a stable equilibrium.
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