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After I pay rent, utilities, and buy a little food, I have no money. Oddly enough we make too much for foodstamps but we do qualify for WIC. I REALLY need WIC. My husbands check barely covers rent, utilities, gas for our truck and food. My kids have ...
—KatyOK

Mom, Teacher, Artist, Volunteer, Small Business Woman

I am so sad today for our country as I listen to the news of the furlough that so many layers of our government are going through. We need to get over our differences and meet in the middle. When I saw the flag flying at half mast at our school today, ...
—ElisabethCO

Educators are hamstrung

I am married to an elementary 4th grade teacher who teaches in a very poor Title 1 school. She busts her ass and pays out of pocket to help her disadvantaged kids and special ed kids, many of whom can barely speak English. She has done this for 24 years. ...
—MichaelWA

I am the government; do not shut me down

If all the voters in the US quit voting forever the "government" really shuts down. That means I am the voting public government and I want my government to function every day. No false reasoning by legislators is allowed. Open the doors of government ...
—rayNC

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Retired early due to health issues. Existing on SSI Disability, worried my benefits will stop.
—RichardAZ

my life

i am a 45 yr old single woman fighting for my ssi. i have no income. i had to move in with my parents. this shut down affects me in a lot of ways. i dont know when i will get my ssi hearing, i dont know if i can get insurance and i dont know if i will ...
—loucindaAR

I know close up and real the importance of good child care.

My daughter is learning disabled. While the school was working on how to teach her how to read it was the after school child care workers who were her best help.

I also know the importance of food stamps. My sister finished law school and passed ...

—CarolynCA

Immigrant Success

Child migrant farm worker, attorney, judge, and began school at almost age 14. Most immigrants contribute greatly to this country. Our economy will benefit tremendously by Immigration Reform.

The Tea Party idiots in Congress need to grow up, and they ...

—SimonaCA

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I'm a mom of two young children, and I'm going to school full time to be a teacher. We are also a DoD family, and were significantly affected by sequestration. The current budget crisis directly impacts my family's future. The financial aid that I depend ...
—Skye

Hard Times

I work part-time, I am still looking for full time employment. I am 55 years old and been looking for full time employment for 3 years. I was on partial unemployment that has ran out and now I am getting $68 in food share. I am only making it because ...
—JoanWI

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Single income family. Husband is Federal gvt worker.
—JTX

Post flood Boulder

We here in Boulder, CO have just faced a national disaster that damaged our schools, wiped small towns off the map, destroyed homes, roads, bridges and lives. We were so deeply grateful to our president for his swift response to our tragedy and wept tears ...

Retired American

I'm 71 and I depend on government programs such as Medicare, Social Security, and Housing. I worry that the tea partiers will try to exact concessions with this blackmail that could threaten my sources of survival.
—MarilynNM

my family

My family means the world to me and I will always believe that the children are the most important in this world and for the congress to take away from kids is unacceptable and ridiculous the world already has enough starving kids and now u want more ...

Single mothers

I am a single working mother of 4 young children surviving the best I can for them. I get help with WIC, medical, and food stamps. I do not abuse any of these programs by any means. $700 a month in food stamps to feed 6 people, I go without eating a ...
—TracieIA

What is a GENEALOGIST to DO???

I am a genealogist and just signed the biggest contract of my career. But I when I tried to go on the websites of the National Archive and Records Management, the National Endowment of Humanities and the National Park Service where ALL of the records ...
—KatherineCA

Trying to survive on one income

I am the mother of two young children, ages 3 and 10 months Currently, I am the sole breadwinner for my family. As my husband struggles to find a job we pay more for child care than housing. Due to medical bills - the birth of my second child and unexpected ...
—AmberOR

furloughed and it doesnt feel so good

I've been furloughed from the cdc in atlanta, there are thousands of us here. We are anxious to get back to work. We work on strategies to reduce chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes and we are not allowed to work. It doesnt make sense that ...
—LorenGA

My brother suffered under the old health care system

My brothers insurance company dropped him because of rules that are no longer legal under the Affordable Care Act during a health crisis. It ruined his finances and forced him to get himself healthcare through the only means he had left.. To get himself ...
—AliciaCA

Stop acting like children!

Putting aside the fact that congress had put so many people out of work, I am embarrassed to let my kids see the way they are acting and speaking to each other. Although I agree with president Obama, someone has to give in and do what's best for the economy ...
—JenniferMI
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