Benjamin Franklin once remarked “but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.
Oh Ben. Let me tell you how accurate you were:
See I’m a young woman stuck in that awful place known as the lower middle class.
I make too much to qualify for any sort of tax cuts or help. I’m finished with school so I don’t get no breaks for education.
I can’t claim dependents, though I wish my pup counted,
because I’m infertile and can’t produce any offspring.
Too broke to be able to afford the adoption or fertility treatments to create the family we desperately want since they charge
oh about thirty grand for either option.
See I’m a young woman, married and filing jointly, who hardly makes enough to cover the cost
of living in this inflation bloated society where
prices keep rising at the grocery and gas pump
yet my paycheck don’t skyrocket with it.
See I’m a young woman
Who tithes 10 percent of my income and makes charitable contributions yet
too poor to itemize so
I don’t get no breaks for helping others or doing what is taught
by my church to be right.
See I’m a young woman trying to move forward in this world but
barely breaking even often finding
more month at the end of my money than
money at the end of my month.
See I’m a young wife trying to help provide for our lives yet
never able to help get our heads above water. I don’t see no
relief coming from any of the “supposedly” helpful financial
changes or cuts we’ve made.
See I’m young woman who followed the instructions on
the tax worksheet, yet my government didn’t tell me that
their worksheet math isn’t correct so
my withholding got screwed over.
See I’m a young woman who wants to climb the ladder
of success yet
the past few years have subsisted of two steps forward and
eight leaps back. Every time something happens to fill that bank account a
greater and opposite force sucks it dry so that
no financial reserve exists.
See I’m a young woman trying so hard to
make it in this world and to follow
the wisdom and teachings of
the church, financial gurus, monthly magazine columns, my parents and
just trying to get a sliver of that American pie but
this life just makes it an increasingly steep climb; so steep that
I can’t get any stable footing.
See I’m a young woman who just wants
to break even or
catch a break so
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