"$2000 means so much to me - it will help cover medical expenses from a recent surgery, will allow me to fill up my gas tank so I can get to/from work and help my fiancé and I to pay for our upcoming wedding."
"2,000 means yearly maintenance on my car."
"@whitehouse #My2k Being able to know I will have a roof over my head and comfort in keeping the lights on."
"It means being able to attend graduate school as it goes toward my tuition bills. It means law school for my brother and health benefits while we are at school. The money goes towards these things, and also to home improvements after a recent house fire, and basic things like rent, heat and food. It does not fully fund but goes toward all these things which are so important to so many of us and our families."
"My family is about as 'middle' as you can get. My husband is a police officer and I work in a childcare center; we've both worked all our adult lives. We have three children — an adult daughter, a son in the US Army, and son in high school — as well as a granddaughter who lives with us. This year for Christmas, instead of exchanging gifts, we are traveling to visit my 78-year-old parents on the other side of the country. If we had $2,000 less in our pockets, the trip would be impossible — total for airfare is $2100."
"It means my parents can buy the medication they need. My Mom can pay for the care to help my father who has Alzheimer's. It means my cousins can save for their children's future education. It means I can save to pay for my own health problems."
"I am a retired high school math teacher who loved my job but never made a grand fortune of money. In our retirement, we are helping both of our daughters, with the little extra we have through our pensions, even though both girls are college-educated and are working two and three jobs in the economy left by the Bush years!! So that extra $2,000 would not only hit us hard, but would painfully ripple down to our two daughters as well."
We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and are desperately trying to save money for college. Unfortunately, we're not getting very far because our mortgage is taking up such a huge chunk of our income. We're underwater with our mortgage, having lost about 100K in value in the recession like a lot of people. We have tried to refinance, but we don't qualify under the new programs passed. We're trying to hang on, but in order to pay for college, we will likely need to foreclose or do a short sale. A hell of a choice, eh?"
$2,000 for my family means helping my daughter who is a single Mom buy diapers, milk, clothes and help with the day care tuition for my grandson. If you take that away, she could be force to go back on public assistance, which means we will still be putting the country into more debt."
"It means a pantry full of groceries; a tank full of gas in the car; new shoes and clothes for my son who's outgrowing them so quickly; and peace of mind for me and my wife."
"My husband and I are retired on a fixed income and have our 401K invested. 2000 would mean a lot to us since emergencies are taken from our retirement fund. No more stalling, for once Congress should do their duty to our country."
"Well, as a single mom of two with no support from their father..... It means food,shelter,and special needs for my kids."
"Right now $2,000 means that I can afford to pay for the lunch that my four children take to school every day. I am already facing a decision of not going back to school because I am not able to afford to pay. Thank you for not raising our taxes."
"I am 72 and still working part time—having to pay higher taxes would mean no extras....I was a single Mom with 3 sons and I always hoped that I would have some things when I got older that I could not have when I was needing to watch every penny. That sounds selfish but I think there are many older people like me who deserve not to have to worry or cut out everything enjoyable. I hope you can help us all."
"If my taxes go up by $2000, I will default on my student loans, give up my car, and move back with my parents with my husband. #My2k"
"My wife and I could not afford to visit our granddaughter. We would not be able to give money to the local food shelter. Finally, we would have to dip into our savings to continue to eat in a healthy way."
"We finally are in a position to own our own home. It's a very modest dwelling, but it's ours. Every year, we must come up with about $2,000 to pay our property taxes. We want to be able to pay them and keep our home; our piece of the 'American Dream.' ... Please protect the dream for so many working class Americans ... Let's get our priorities straight in this country and do what's right for the greatest majority of our people!"
"20 weeks of groceries. Or, my annual auto insurance + property tax (on a mobile home) + auto registration + homeowners insurance (on a mobile home) including flood and earthquake coverage."
"It would mean that i wouldnt be able to help my daughter out as much with daycare for my grandaughter (500.00/mo) and would need to watch her myself at home (i run a home-based business for 23 years) My daughter makes around 1200.00/month as a hair stylist and is also going to college FT. She cannot afford daycare. Not extending the tax cuts on people making 250,000 or less would hurt every single person that I know. The wealth survived during the Bush era I think they will figure it out again!"
"Means keep a roof over our heads, and food in the house."
"I believe in education and helping our children to be more competitive. $2,000 less in my paycheck means the cost of repaying my daughter's college loan will take me twice as long to pay off. Don't penalize the middle class for trying to help the next generation."
"It means that we will be able to pay our escalating property taxes, college tuition payments, and fuel bills to heat our house and get to work."
"#My2k is keeping this house and keeping it warm for my growing family this winter"
On Jan. 2, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation preventing a tax increase on millions of middle-class families. In the weeks before, hundreds of thousands of people shared what losing $2,000 would mean for them.
"#My2k will go toward paying for my children's daycare expenses"
"Being a father of 2 supporting a middle class family, $2000 is a huge amount of money. It would help pay for our children's medical bills and help to build a savings for their future. We really need to stop raising taxes on the 'middle class' and make tax brackets fair, by making everyone contribute their fair share."
"For now, our most immediate priority is to stop taxes going up for middle-class families, starting tomorrow."
"If our income decreased by $2000/yr, we would probably be unable to meet our monthly obligations. My husband and I are both drawing Social Security...he is 71 and in poor health, I am 68 and still working because otherwise, we would not have enough income to live on…We are just barely making it each month…"
"#My2K is money to help my fiance open her business"
"It means being able to afford the necessities of life - my rent, food, clothing, and the occasional trip home to see family. It means that my parents, who are retired, don't have to worry about if they'll have enough."
"We really need to get this right. I can only do it with the help of the American people. So, tweet — what was that again — 'My2K' — tweet using the hashtag 'My2K'"
"With 2 young adults in college, $2,000 is not small change but the difference in having money to pay the mortgage, college tuition, books. Middle class families cannot be held hostage by partisan politics, obstruction in Washington. We voted on 11/6 and chose the leaders expected to move the U.S.A. forward."
"if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, when the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens."
"$2000 is a lot of money! The only wiggle room I have in our budget is for food. We prepare all of our meals at home, but feeding a family of four is expensive. Paying an extra $2,000 means $50 less a week for food."
"#My2k means rent, food, and student loans. Without I'd have nothing!"
"The sooner Congress gets this done, the sooner our economy will get a boost. And it would then give us in Washington more time to work together on that long-range plan to bring down deficits in a balanced way"