I am a 46 year old American living in Southern CA.
I have a family with my husband of 5 children and 4 pets.
Currently layed off with sporadic full time work.
I am considered middle class.
My experience is like many middle class Americans.
We saved. Worked our way up in our careers. Married. Had children. Continued to work hard and save for our children's future. We could take a vacation once or twice a year to visit family or relax. We had good health insurance and could afford all of our bills. Life was never easy, but we had the American dream. The dream that most people have when they move to this country.
To be able to have a job, own a home, and raise your family with the basics needed for survival.
This dream is gone.
I don't think I will ever see this dream again at the rate things are going.
I pay taxes, my children use the public schools, and we use all of the public services available to us.... The streets, the buses, the schools, and the ER rooms on weekends when doctors are not available.
We take these services for granted.
Our country has excellent infrastructure and we do not appreciate it. Go visit any other country and you will be grateful for what we have here.
Greed has always been a part of the banks and investors who want to take as much as possible in their lifetime. This has taken over our country.
If I hear one more Republican talk about how people like me should stop going to Starbucks I'm going to scream.
We can't afford Starbucks. That's an entire meal for one latte!
Politicians are so out of touch with reality. People cannot afford these luxuries anymore.
We go to the park.
The 3 banks that were involved in the lengthy process that eventually forced us out of our home, will never be held accountable.
They have broken us and we cannot afford to sue or hire any more lawyers.
The taxes we owe for one decent year of income does not go to the programs I want it to go to. It does not go to educating mychildren who are the FUTURE of this country.
It's ironic that my taxes are taken from my American children's education and given to a war machine that kills overseas. It doesn't make any rational sense whatsoever.
NOT MY CHOICE.
So, all of you people out there that criticize others need to look around and realize that this could be YOU. It could happen to you tomorrow.
We need less judgment and more camaraderie in fixing this country. Stop beating your chests! If people spend their last penny on cable TV or a Starbucks, that's their decision. Escape is necessary for survival. Stop judging every single thing people do and HELP!
I am 46. I do not have the luxury of starting my life over again. I have 5 children to raise and work, work, work.
I have to continue to do the best I can with what I have left. No savings, no investments, no property.
I paid the banks.
I paid my taxes.
My taxes paid the banks.
I lost my home.
I owe more taxes.
It's that simple.
We were robbed.