September 27, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
One Response to “Obama Slams GOP Pledge: Filled With ‘Irresponsible Policies’ (Video)”
Of course, none of the policies proposed in the “new” Pledge are new. I’ve lived through over 30 years of republican tax cuts, deregulation, and enabling of Big Oil and Big Business. To show how disastrous these policies have been for me, I had to remain in the classroom 33 years in order to have enough post-retirement income to live on. My first year of teaching I had a salary of $7200/yr in the 1970s. I worked for 15 years before my salary rose to $15,000. During most of these years, republicans held the majority in the national government. During the years 2001-2009, the years of the GWB tax cuts, I saw no appreciable increase in my salary. As a divorced single parent, I was paying a mortgage, paying car notes on a car for myself and for my daughter’s car, in addition to paying the part of my daughter’s college tuition not covered by her scholarship. After teaching for 33 years with multiple graduate degrees, I was barely earning $60,000 when I retired. Republicans are no friends to the middle class.
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