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State of my economy

Americans respond to President Obama's State of the Union address.

'I blame Congress'

real people sotu sharon ritchie
  • Name: Sharon Ritchie, 50
  • Place: Yonkers, N.Y.

I used to get up every morning at 5 a.m. and get ready to go to work. I was working as a medical assistant and making about $45,000 a year.

Now I still wake up at that time, only to feed my cat and check my emails.

I have my resume on every online job site. I went back to weekend college, and I was actually getting interviews for a while.

I am constantly told I am 'overqualified.' I've also been told to dumb down my resume, but I can't just erase 30 years of experience.

You can only stand the word 'no' so many times. There are times that I cry at night wondering what happened, and at times I have thought about suicide.

But, I keep on going, hoping the cycle will break.

I feel that this recovery has really slapped me, as well as other people in my age group in the face.

I blame Congress, not the president. This poor man can't even get anything done, without Republicans saying no, no, no.

  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated January 28 2014 11:39 PM ET

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