08/01/2011 10:25 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2011

We the People

I used to be part of the middle class, now I qualify for food stamps. I don't make any less, I just don't make more. The middle class is disappearing as fast as the ice caps and Hannah Montana's career. When you work your ass off for 20-some odd years, you expect to see results. The poor decisions of our government have made it so we are becoming another 3rd world country where families all live together and scrape enough together to eat and hopefully not lose their homes.

When people ask me if I am a Republican or a Democrat, my new answer is 'I am an American.' I am not sure what the right and the left think they are anymore.

Outsourcing, large monopolies, and bureaucracy have pushed the mom-and-pop stores into extinction, practically. We no longer have the American dream we once had. When I drive through town, I see more 'for lease' signs on factories and businesses than I do 'open for business' signs. I never remember seeing a foreclosure sign on a home before until the past 2 years, now they are as routine as 'for sale' signs. There are three empty houses on my street alone.

I never was afraid of anything in my life, until now that is. I fear for the future for my children, what will they face in 20 to 30 years, will they have to help take care of their parents because we can no longer rely on retirement or Social Security. Will Medicare disappear and leave us with a mountain of debt for medications and much-needed routine health care? Will the government fight for 20 years over a national healthcare plan that works until we have people dying for no reason and hospitals going out of business, or is that happening now?

A message to elected officials: when deciding on the debt ceiling plan, do not write a check for something your people cannot afford. Our children need you to do the right thing.

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