Posts tagged We are the 99 percent
Posts tagged We are the 99 percent
Willie and Annie Nelson read a poem in support of the 99% and Occupy Wall Street movement.
So then there’s this…
Just as mass incarceration has burdened American taxpayers in major prison states, so is the use of inmate labor contributing to lost jobs, unemployment and decreased wages among workers — while corporate profits soar.
The use of forced labor in prisons took off in the early 1990s. Funny that. So did our incarceration rate:
Our prison industrial complex is nothing but corporate slave labor. Not saying people are purposefully being locked up to be a captive labor force for corporations, but with a largely privatized prison system, plus corporate contracts for labor going to said prisons, it’s an awfully interesting correlation, no?
One of the most heartbreaking 99 percent photos I’ve seen yet.
His sign reads:
"I was deployed to Iraq 4x
5 of my friends are dead.
1 of my friends is missing his arm.
1 of my friends killed himself.
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs.
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous.
I can’t sleep at night.
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer.
I am the 99%
Nearly every active duty military member is in the 99 percent. End the war profiteering and bring them home.
I’m posting this in full, because I am literally stunned this was posted on Fox News. Emphasis mine:
Critics of the growing Occupy Street movement complain that the protesters don’t have a policy agenda and, therefore, don’t stand for anything. They’re wrong. The key isn’t what protesters are for but rather what they’re against — the gaping inequality that has poisoned our economy, our politics and our nation.
In America today, 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. That’s not because 150 million Americans are pathetically lazy or even unlucky. In fact, Americans have been working harder than ever - productivity has risen in the last several decades. Big business profits and CEO bonuses have also gone up. Worker salaries, however, have declined.Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren’t opposed to free market capitalism. In fact, what they want is an end to the crony capitalist system now in place, that makes it easier for the rich and powerful to get even more rich and powerful while making it increasingly hard for the rest of us to get by.
The protesters are not anti-American radicals. They are the defenders of the American Dream, the decision from the birth of our nation that success should be determined by hard work, not royal bloodlines.
Sure, bank executives may work a lot harder than you and me or a mother of three doing checkout at a grocery store. Maybe the bankers work ten times harder. Maybe even a hundred times harder. But they’re compensated a thousand times more.
The question is not how Occupy Wall Street protesters can find that gross discrepancy immoral. The question is why every one of us isn’t protesting with them.
According to polls, most Americans support the 99% movement, even if they’re not taking to the streets. In fact, support for the Occupy Wall Street protests is not only higher than for either political party in Washington but greater than support for the Tea Party. And unlike the Tea Party which was fueled by national conservative donors and institutions, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is spreading organically from Idaho to Indiana. Institutions on the left, including unions, have been relatively late to the game.
Ironically, the original Boston Tea Party activists would likely support Occupy Wall Street more as well. Note that the original Tea Party didn’t protest taxes, merely the idea of taxation without representation - and they were actually protesting the crown-backed monopoly of the East India Company, the main big business of the day.
Americans today also support taxes. In fact, two-thirds of voters - including a majority of Republicans - support increasing taxes on the rich, something the Occupy Wall Street protests implicitly support. That’s not just anarchist lefty kids. Soccer moms and construction workers and, yes, even some bankers want to see our economy work for the 99%, not just the 1%, and are flocking to Occupy protests in droves.
I’ve even met a number of Libertarians and Tea Party conservatives at these protests. So the critics are right, the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the Tea Party. Occupy Wall Street is much, much broader.
Maybe it’s hard to see your best interests reflected in a sometimes rag-tag, inarticulate, imperfect group of protesters. But make no mistake about it: While horrendous inequality is not an American tradition, protest is. And if you’re part of the 99% of underpaid or unemployed Americans crushed in the current economy, the Occupy Wall Street protests are your best chance at fixing the broken economy that is breaking your back.
This is one of the most articulate defenses of Occupy Wall Street I’ve seen, and let me repeat - this is on Fox News. So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go pick my jaw up off the floor.
#OccupyDenver facing eviction, locked out of the press conference discussing their situation. Watch it here.
THE PEOPLE UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!
Well, would you take a look at that? Apparently, Americans support Occupy Wall Street over the Tea Party. But that’s not how FreedomWorks sees it. No way are these people anything like the Tea Party. From Politico:
Brendan Steinhauser, campaigns director for FreedomWorks, evoked leaders of the civil rights movement in distinguishing the protests, saying the tea party’s tactics resemble those of Martin Luther King Jr., while the Occupy Wall Street protesters are more like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael.
"They just seem really, truly very unhappy, angry," he said of the anti-corporate protesters. Tea partiers, on the other hand are for the most part "kind of cheerful, happy warriors," he said.
Yeah, I totally remember that one time that Martin Luther King Jr. said: “You know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around?”
Oh, and this: “We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. That’s the beauty of our Second Amendment rights… Our Second Amendment rights were to guard against tyranny.” Oh, that was Tea Partiers? Oops.
MLK supporters always open-carried, right? RIGHT?!
Geez, those Tea Party people… They’re so cheerful and happy, and not at all angry or appearing unhinged! They cheerfully tote semi-automatic weapons outside presidential speeches and happily use fluffy, fanciful comparisons meeting the criteria of Godwin’s Law - OFF the internet, no less.
The above chart is from ThinkProgress. An explanation:
The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Americans support the Occupy Wall Street protests by a two-to-one margin (37 percent in favor, 18 percent opposed) while more Americans view the Tea Party negatively (28 percent in favor, 41 percent opposed)…. A new Time Magazine poll found an even more positive results for Occupy Wall Street, showing 54 percent held a favorable view of the movement, compared to just 27 percent with a favorable view of the Tea Party.
Hmmm… sounds like these unhappy people are faring better than your cheerful warriors. I’m sorry, but to those calling this a liberal Tea Party, it’s just not. I’ve personally spoke with conservatives who support Occupy Wall Street and liberals who oppose it. We’ll see where the Occupy movement goes, especially in the next few weeks. So, uh, sorry to steal your thunder Tea Party?