If you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or our blog, you know that we’ve been doing lots of work on the so-called “fiscal cliff” that has been bandied about in the media over the past few weeks.
At NCLR, we’re especially proud to bring you a message from one person who had a seat at the table where these talks are happening. This past Friday, Fernando Garavito joined Vice President Joe Biden and others to talk about the impact that the fiscal cliff will have on Latino families. Fernando, who works for NCLR Affiliate CASA de Maryland, joined the lunch as a representative of the Latino community, along with others who represented people with disabilities, students, African Americans, and more.
Here are a few other stories we have received from our network:
Nancy: Taxes on the extremely wealthy should be returned to the levels they were during President Clinton’s administration. People making $250,000 or less should have their taxes kept low so that we do not fall back into a recession.
Wayne: The wealthy have had it easy for years not only because they don’t have financial problems like we of the middle class, but because they have a huge surplus of money to meet emergencies unlike we of the middle class. Since they have benefited most by the growing debt, it is only fair that they now “pay their dues”!
Linda: We have a 32 yr old daughter who is bi-polar and will never be able to hold a job. Her husband took her children and dropped her on our doorstep. Because of cuts, in the state she gets no legal help, no financial aid, and no medicaid. That means she is not able to get all the medication she needs and she can’t get a lawyer to fight her husband for it. We are struggling ourselves (my husband is a disabled veteran who is still job hunting 4 months after getting a Master’s in Social Work) and all we can do is give her a place to stay and food to eat. In two months we will have to start paying back student loans even though my husband has not found work. Any cuts will just make it harder.