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My father came to NY from Croatia in 1971, with KNOWLEDGE in his head, LOVE in his heart & the clothes on his back.
He built up a small construction business and put me & my 4 siblings through Catholic school and college, while my mother raised us and put home-cooked meals on the table.
Business has been steadily declining and my family (still honestly abiding by the regulations, TAXES & fees imposed by the gov’t) now lives paycheck-to-(hopefully!) paycheck.
We found out he has thyroid cancer - THANK GOD WE PAY for our own health insurance and WERE ABLE TO CHOOSE the best cancer hospital in the country, Sloan Kettering, where he underwent 10-hour surgery this past summer.
He was back to work FULL-TIME (12 hrs/day, 6 days/wk) within a month, even though the doctors told him to take it easy (he works manual labor).
The cancer still grows, but my father STILL WORKS FOR LIFE, LIBERTY, & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!
THAT is the American dream.
WE are the 53%.
**People like my father came here because America was the answer to all of their problems- IT STILL CAN BE.