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A Letter to the 53%

  1. kerryg profile image87
    kerrygposted 5 years ago

    I thought this letter beautifully articulated the OWS stance. The "American Dream" should not be a competition over whose life sucks the worst!

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/1 … hat-53-Guy

    The letter is a response to a sign from the We Are the 53% Tumblr:

    I am a former Marine.
    I work two jobs.
    I don’t have health insurance.
    I worked 60-70 hours a week for 8 years to pay my way through college.
    I haven’t had 4 consecutive days off in over 4 years.
    But I don’t blame Wall Street.
    Suck it up you whiners.
    I am the 53%.
    God bless the USA!

    And here's an excerpt from the response:

    "Do you really want the bar set this high?  Do you really want to live in a society where just getting by requires a person to hold down two jobs and work 60 to 70 hours a week?  Is that your idea of the American Dream?"

    "Look kid, I don’t want you to “get by” working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week.  If you’re willing to put in that kind of effort, I want you to get rich.  I want you to have a comprehensive healthcare plan.  I want you vacationing in the Bahamas every couple of years, with your beautiful wife and healthy, happy kids.  I want you rewarded for your hard work, and I want your exceptional effort to reap exceptional rewards.  I want you to accumulate wealth and invest it in Wall Street.  And I want you to make more money from those investments."

    "I understand that a prosperous America needs people with money to invest, and I’ve got no problem with that.  All other things being equal, I want all the rich people to keep being rich.  And clever financiers who find ways to get more money into the hands of promising entrepreneurs should be rewarded for their contributions as well."

    "I think Wall Street has an important job to do, I just don’t think they’ve been doing it.  And I resent their sense of entitlement – their sense that they are special and deserve to be rewarded extravagantly even when they screw everything up."

  2. lovemychris profile image81
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    Exactly. No one is begrudging anything but the 53%!

    Apparently, it's a requirement to suffer and ignore your family....unless you are, what? Born to wealth?? Steal your way to the top?

    I don't get them!

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      He's shouting "slavery is good, civil and human rights are wrong, you'll never get to heaven that way" Is he real? If he is is, that pugnacious look is another expression for punch drunk.  I doubt he is though, the 1% find the means for propaganda in the most unusual places.

      1. kerryg profile image87
        kerrygposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        "the 1% find the means for propaganda in the most unusual places"

        Yeah, some of the 53% percent posts you have to wonder about. Another response (less classy than the letter I linked above, but making some equally valid points) to the 53% Tumblr reposted this one earlier:

        http://actuallyyourethe47percent.tumblr … -spoonfuls

        This guy works hard his entire life and ends up eating dog food because some rich fat cats decide to crash the economy with their little games. And he's bragging about this? I certainly hope he's a plutocrat plant, because otherwise he needs his head examined.

        1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
          Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Oh please, spare me. The message is the same in all these silly posts. When I've failed it's my fault. Blaming the rich is jealousy and/or socialism. They have got to be paid posters, got to be. Otherwise they are completely deranged and indoctrinated. This is how the 1% fight back, unfortunately for them, levels of education among the 99% are a lot higher than those of a punch drunk conformist. let them try their worst.

          1. lovemychris profile image81
            lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, they are going WAY over the edge. Now Cainiac is saying that Jesus was a conservative, and a liberal court killed him.

            Is he insane? No joke.

            1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
              Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Yes, and unfortunately for him, people have noticed lol

          2. recommend1 profile image70
            recommend1posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            When Maggie Thatcher screwed the Brits her mantra was that the 99% was the "politics of envy" !

            1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
              Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Oh yes, what did she say when she was doing her no u-turn speech and a so called protester came in.  Paraphrasing here but " Yes, it's raining outside, no wonder you want to be here, it's always better where the tories are" Doubt Liam Fox feels the same way though lol

  3. lovemychris profile image81
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    "Long-life Texas GOP Latino Leader Leaves Republican Party After Herman Cain Advocates the Death of Immigrants"

    http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-hispan … mmigrants/

 
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