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Retirement Plan???

My son and daughter attended a fantastic pre-school that provided art, dance , music, unstructured creative and structured play, lessons in science (sea life, dinosaurs, water/ice/steam, mathematics, seasons, the calendar, ...), cooking, gardening, manners, and positive social skills. My husband and I, who are still leasing a home and have no retirement plan, both work full-time to provide this quality care for our children. I would have LOVED to have had the opportunity to stay at home and raise my children at least until they started kindergarten, but our cultural environment does not allow lower middle class families (by income, NOT education or quality of person!) that luxury. We work, we pay full price for everything, we can't afford to buy a home, we have no savings (it all goes to medical bills, rent, utilities like oil heat, and pre-school bills), and we are not eligible for any special pricing or discounts for child care or anything else...yet I firmly support this legislation to provide quality early care and education---perhaps it will help heal our society of the current "gang" culture that is so prevalent among the lower echelons. I would just like to see some inclusion of the lower middle class in the "bones" you throw to the people supporting this government. It would be "nice" to receive some real assistance---like a cap on rents in the Seattle area, or a cap on the amount that the heating oil companies can charge their customers---that would pull people like us out of this bottomless pit of bills that keep us down.
—AnonymousWashington
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