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General: How you have been affected in this economy and what you want to hear from President Obama during his State of the Union address?

Comments: 192

STOP PLAYING POLITICS W/PEOPLE'S LIVES! If this country has made you rich, then pay the country back with a fair share of taxes the way it used to be when we were in true prosperity. How many cars, homes and luxuries do you need? When the infrastructure and economy is crumbling and 99% of the country is hurting financially, it seems treasonous to be so selfish. It's also time for elected officials to take cuts in their salaries & benefits: learn how the rest of us live--you're hopelessly out of touch about the real world, how much everything costs, the daily difficulties faced by the people who elected each of you.

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C weiss
AFT6185
Nipomo, CA

I would like to see Pres. Obama hold the financial industry accountable in some meaningful ways. He couldn't at the time of the 'melt down,'but he can do it now.

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Carleen Baily
#4277
Pennington, NJ

We need help with jobs. You need to give us hope to the future and that things are going to get better not worse. Your 4 years in the office have seen jobs lost. Home's lost to for closer. What hope do we have for the future? Unions are under attack. Many have given concessions with no hope of getting those things back. We need better not worse conditons. Show the people just above poverty (the working poor) what you are going to do for us!!!!!!

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CAROL WALDEN
Peoria Federation of Teacher
East Peoria, IL

Stop shipping jobs out of the country. Preserve collective bargaining.

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Debora Parisot
Local 604
Earlville, IN

The economic conditions have greatly affeted my daughters. One is a college gratuate with a Master's degree, a teacher for 15 years. She is the major breadwinner in the family.with daughter who is a freshman at college and a 7year old, too. The cuts to her salary and increses in her cost of healthcare have drastically impacted the family's financial standing. They are concerned about paying their mortgage and being able to afford the college tuition for the older child. My other daughter, also a college graduate, worked in the travel industry for many years. She is now unemployed with her unemployment running out. Help!

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Michele Artt
231
Farmington Hills, MI

Personally, I have witnessed the shrinking of my purchasing power with the dollar. Others are much worse off through being either unemployed or underemployed. President Obama can greatly assist in rebuilding the economy by getting rid of the massive amount of regulation(s) that he has tied around business since coming into office.

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Karl Reger
AFT
Marlborough, MA

I have been a teacher my whole life which, I knew from the get-go, would not make me rich. Unfortunately, my parent loans for my children to go to college, and their having debts as well, has resulted in my spending my retirement in debt and paying >$500/month for those parent loans. My parents worked their lives saving, being very frugal, using things from their bridal shower to this very day over 67 years later, only to find that their savings will be going to the nursing home for their care. I do not have the skills nor the facility to care for them myself, plus I want them to be safe. Our future holds only poverty. It just is not fair

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Lois Nokleby
Hampton, MN

The President needs to address the state of the economy and the dire need to fund education in our country. We are loosing classified staff and our jobs are getting more difficult. My district will have to cut $40 million for our school budget this year. That will be classified staff and teachers and class sizes will get larger. In these difficult times we need leaders who can be the change and make difficult decisions for the 99% of Americans. He ran on change and we need it starting at the top. We have to balance our budget by law and we will loose good teachers and staff. Cherise Arthur carthur799@gmail.com

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Cherise Arthur
OSEA Bvtn Chapter
Beaverton, OR

I am 'lucky' b/c I am retired and receiving soc. security. In 2 more yrs I receive Medicare. The issue is I am upset that my children and their children won't have what I have. They and all others like them WILL be affected. Now my daughter-in-law is having a hard time teaching b/c the jobs are scarce. SHe is hired, fired, and in an endless cycle.I think we're all so into ourselves that we see no sense of urgency until it affects us personally. There but for the grace of God go I. We must walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Obama needs to keep talking the talk. Congress needs to walk the walk! Pass the Jobs Bill!!! We need help here!

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Joanne Schryver
FFT
Shirley, NY

My husband and I have worked hard and are nearing retirement age. It is distressing, and frightening, to see the negative impact the poor economy has had on our retirement investments. Rather than looking forward to a time to share new experiences as we age together, we're thinking about how to earn extra money to close the financial gap and pay for increasingly costly health benefits. One or both of us may even have to rethink our ability to retire! The next generation should have an opportunity for a productive career and financial well being, but if the baby boomer generation is unable to stop working, where will the jobs come from?

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Diane Conklin
United University Professions (UUP)
Liverpool, NY

Age discrimination. The elderly are employable. Will probably get to work on time, mature and come with a set of skills. Find a way to protect citizen identities on the superhighway - the internet. Based on best learning times for children in education - change the attitude towards education and change the educational structure, as well as school day hours.

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V. Marie Bellamy
AFT
Bowie, MD

I am a single mother with a son in college. The costs of books, gas, insurance for car, etc. Food prices have gotten ridiculous. I am a teacher and make a decent wage but we are always behind. I clearly do not understand how people making less are surviving. And some Republican candidates pay 15% tax? I know their income was previously taxed but our system has to change. I pay more in taxes. Please stand up for the middle class or there will not be one. I worry for my children. Please think of their future as well. Teresa Mellies

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Teresa Mellies
Lockport Education Association
Lockport, NY

-Point out the simple facts that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy DID NOT create jobs; that $10 trillion of the $14 trillion deficit is due to the borrow and spend republiCON Presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush and GOP Congresses. -That we have seen 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth under his leadership, in spite of unprecedented republiCON obstruction. -Highlight the SUCCESSES of the Auto industry loan (it wasn't a bailout) and of the Affordable Care Act. These are just a few. Thank you so much for the opportunity for average Americans to voice our opinions. Enjoy the rest of the day!

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Paul Ladniak
Woodridge, IL

Please adress 1) income inequality, 2) Net Neutrality, 3) Taxing TheWealthy, 4) Citizens United 5) Closing Guantanamo and NDAA Also-- Please read Diane Ravitch --new book-- and consider appointing someone NEW to head the Department of Education Please stop drone warfare on Pakistan--babies and other innocents get killed or their lives are ruined

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Melinda Cespedes
CRTA
Sausalito, CA

There is more to what needs to be said by President Obama than what the AFT insists its members focus on. These are issues that don't get a lot of "air-time" or media attention, but they loom over our heads like an approaching, dark storm. We ignore them, to focus inanely, and myopically, on things like "jobs" and "unemployment" at our risk. In the long run, they bode far more peril to our lives than the topics that the AFT would love us to jawbone endlessly about. They are: 1) Peak Oil - We are running, inexorably,out of petroleum, without which civilization grinds to a halt. 2) Overpopulation - The earth is finite - get used to it.

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James Close
Public Employees Federation
Mechanicville, NY

Mr. President at the State of the Union Address I like to know what is going to be done about the 99% in this country? Also, Education. Teachers being laid off affect students getting an education. If this country is to be competitive with other nations, students must be prepare and have a quality education. The state of Illinois needs more teachers and smaller classes. Students are the future of toworrow and the future for all of us will depend on the education students receive today. Public education is a must.

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J H
AFT, Local 604
Romeoville, IL

Tougher rules and guilelines for illegal individuals. Less entitlement programs for those who choose not to work. A limit on unemployment benefits. Tougher scrutiny of Federal Budget... no more grants for "shrimps on treadmills", when my benefits are being cut. Fair wages for the american workers. Repercussions for businesses that take their "jobs" out of the country. No more Wall Street Bail outs or big business bailouts i.e. Solyndra. Fairness for the little business owner! Unionism is not a dirty word or being a union member is nothing to be ashamed of! Support Collective bargaining and condemn the legislation of benefits and wages!!!

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Lori Block
2373
Pitman, NJ

I would like him to address the income tax variations. It seems like those who could use the breaks are the ones who get taxed more. Those who make over a million dollars get tax breaks. they can afford to pay what we have to pay and then the government might be a little better state financially.

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ruth Claus-Wilke
Lowell, IN

president said our health care would not go up -- for the last two years ours has gone up over 30 percent -- I am tired of the lies from this administration -- I feel our union should back the canidate who is the best for the country not just the union itself

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sanford strum
Western Suffolk BOCES
wyndanch, NY

The economy has not affected me as much as my children and grandchildren. Each of my children and their spouses has worked hard to earn a bachelor's degree or more, yet they cannot earn enough to achieve the standard of living that my husband and I have. My grandchildren have to qualify in a lottery to have the privilege of attending a high quality public school. We need schools that are free to innovate in creative ways, not be burdened by endless testing. We need pulic schools, not charters, that provide excellent education to every child, every day.

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Linda Engelhard
ATPE
Dallas, TX

After years of reckless spending at both the federal and state levels, the politicians are looking for scapegoats. States such as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois are trying to blame public employees for our financial problems. The public employees had nothing to do with causing this mess. I have taught for 32 years and have always paid my fair share towards my pension. Now the politicians want to take away our collective bargaining rights and blame us for the state's financial woes. The Washington politicians want to balance the budget on the backs of seniors. The President needs to stick up for the middle class and seniors on January 24th

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Renee King
Shorewood, IL

I would like to hear the president say that he is finally getting serious about the biggest problem and drain on America's economic resources... Illegal immigration. If he is in any way serious about stopping the REAL problems of this country, securing our borders... REALLY securing our borders, that is, is where it all must begin. Up to 25% to 30% of the entire population of Mexico is now in the U.S. The borders are a sieve for illegal drugs and millions of humans in a bloodless invasion coming this way and illegal guns going south. End this madness now, PLEASE!

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Cory Stone
El Paso, TX

Please explain and verify the truth about how the economy took a down-turn. People need to be educated. Many do not understand that our current strife is not your fault nor the fault of your administration, nor the fault of the poor taking from the rich. Please put all of this in perspective so that the average Joe will know the truth. People also need to know that the lack of progress is because Reublicans have selfishly and consistently blocked all of the good things you are trying to do which is downright unpatriotic!! Thanks!!

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Carla Edwards
AFT
San Diego, CA

I would like the President to address specifically the issue of TRUST that has been lost by the 98% in our ability to be included in or paid attention to by the "Powers That Be on Wall St." - and what this leads to in loss of FAITH in national politics.

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Susanna de Falla
Albuquerque, NM

I would like to hear about his efforts to help education, and uphold the right of people to form and join unions.

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Diane Cherry
Denver Public Schools
Denver, CO

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