It seems there is some backlash to the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon. They are the 53%. While I get where they are coming from [I am one of the 53%], I think these folks are missing the point.
Let’s look at this gentleman’s statement.
1. He joined the Marines. Good for him, but he got paid from my tax dollars. I don’t particularly like that my taxes go to the armed forces, but the government takes my money to pay for his salary anyway. Or as he states: “Legislates it out of me.” I’m sure that if there was an option to not pay for certain federal necessities such as the military, a lot of people would opt to not have their taxes go to the armed forces. So, he should be thanking me and a lot of other people who pay for his salary…event when we don’t want to.
2. His house is worth forty percent less when he purchased it. Is that really his fault? No, not really; it’s worth less because of an unstable economy and greedy bankers.
3. He won’t blame Wall Street. Well buddy I’m glad that you have their back, because while you were in the armed services protecting the country, those ass hats where bilking our counrty for billions. And if you were to ask any of those fuckers for a loan…they won’t even consider your services to your country when they tell you, “No.”
4. You work 3 jobs to pay your bills. Great. But here’s the thing–you have a family! Wouldn’t it be nice if you worked a 40 hour work week, earned a decent [meaning: livable] salary and had time to enjoy your family, or go on a vacation–like your parents? They did fine working 40 hours and still made ends meet. Yes, I understand sacrifice, but there’s a point where one has to ask will working an 80 hour work weeks lead you to become a millionaire?. There are some people who do that–and succeed–but they are the exception, not the rule. [BTW...the whole "I worked 4-8 jobs" is a theme for most of the posters.] This is the new American Dream: Work several jobs and not make any real progress in your life.
5. You pay for your health insurance. Kudos, but you better hope you or one of your kids don’t get a serious illness. Even if you worked 8 jobs, I can’t imagine that would help you if you have a hospital bill over 500k or if you need an experimental surgery to save your life.
I think the people who are posting on this blog are not using their critical thinking skills. The protesters on Wall Street are the same folks who have worked 4 shitty jobs with no benefits, and still got kicked to the curb.[AKA the 53%] They aren’t whining–they are saying WAKE the FUCK UP! Unless you are a millionaire or billionaire, your existence is very precarious in this country–one major catastrophe, and you could be homeless or worse. You do not “succeed or fail through your own.” To quote Elizabeth Warren:
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there–good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea–God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
Remember, this is a social contract we are all obligated to adhere by–if anything it is the core of patriotism. We succeed and/or fail though our collective actions [or in-actions], be it on the federal, state or local levels.
Lastly, one of the common things written on many of the poster’s paper is “God Bless America.” I just want to say, Jesus would be there at Wall Street protesting with the ninety-nine percent-ers . After all in Matthew 6:24 it states, ”You cannot serve God and Wealth.” I wonder if any I’ll see that quote on their blog? Somehow, I don’t think so.