the53:

I was a religion major.
Most jobs want business or computing majors, but my passion was (and still is) the big questions in life.  I don’t regret my decision.
I’m almost done with my student loans, but I had to go bankrupt on credit cards.  Some choices I made were foolish.  Others were necessary at the time.  Now I live with my mom to help make ends meet.
I’ve worked retail for eight years.
BUT I HAVE A JOB!
So many people in this world would switch places with me in a heartbeat, rather than continue dying of famine or disease.
Some of my peers object: “I didn’t go to college to sell clothes.”  I’m appalled by their sense of entitlement.
You don’t need to like your job - but don’t look down on mine.
I don’t share your opinion - so don’t speak for me.
OCCUPY WALL STREET, you do NOT speak for me.
I am the 53%: working hard, and grateful for my life.

Agreed.

the53:

I was a religion major.

Most jobs want business or computing majors, but my passion was (and still is) the big questions in life.  I don’t regret my decision.

I’m almost done with my student loans, but I had to go bankrupt on credit cards.  Some choices I made were foolish.  Others were necessary at the time.  Now I live with my mom to help make ends meet.

I’ve worked retail for eight years.

BUT I HAVE A JOB!

So many people in this world would switch places with me in a heartbeat, rather than continue dying of famine or disease.

Some of my peers object: “I didn’t go to college to sell clothes.”  I’m appalled by their sense of entitlement.

You don’t need to like your job - but don’t look down on mine.

I don’t share your opinion - so don’t speak for me.

OCCUPY WALL STREET, you do NOT speak for me.

I am the 53%: working hard, and grateful for my life.

Agreed.

I figure …

NOTE:  This is an extreme metaphor.  A hyperbole.

The next time a mugger decides to come up and take the few dollars I have in my pocket … I will give it to them, no questions asked.  He clearly was in need, and the few dollars won’t destroy me financially.  I just hope the mugger doesn’t realize he can do that again the next day and the next.

I work for my money.  I don’t work for the thousand of others who need my one dollar.

I've Been Dying To Tell You...: Dear "99%",

gypsay:

My parents met the first week of college. My mom came from a more upscale lifestyle than my dad who was raised on a farm. My dad failed out of college his sophomore year and joined the Navy. My mom later graduated from school and got a job as a social worker. My dad busted his ass while he was in…

My rant that got me started.

Someone posted a link to the westandwiththe99percent.tumblr.com and I got to thinking why aren’t any of these people already giving their money to causes and needs.  Why are they asking the government to take the money that someone earned or someone could earn?  Here is my rant on the situation of no one knowing what they are protesting for. A little discombobulated and unpolished, but this was spur of the moment.  I would gladly have arguments against some of things I said, too.  But this is it verbatim.



"Question: If I were a 1%-er, and I was there because I raised my small business to a bigger private/local business … let’s say selling pizza … if I were to be taxed more because I am the 1% … wouldn’t that money be going to bail out national/international companies because they are "American Institutions" … thereby killing my opportunity to grow into the whole that would have been left by the bankrupt corporation?  
  • Simply … Tax means it will belong to the government, thus it is given to whoever the government deems in need. I don’t encourage the government caring for my money or trust in them to give me money. I encourage the 1% to give their money. If they don’t, oh well. Sorry, it’s just a general mistrust in the goodness of others and the group mentality. 
  • The economy is built to fail and crash in order to maintain a quo. Otherwise the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Taxing the rich more only keeps the rich rich, making the poor slightly less so, and destroying the middleclass which myself and my family reside. Jobs will remain a rare commodity. Unfortunately, we’ve built ourselves so much debt crashing can’t be an option because then we will be “bought.”
  • And if a tax like that is established … the 1% will no longer be the 1% but maybe the .5% who hold all the money and power. I encourage expanding the 1% … and the only way to do that is to support small businesses and middle class, not the poor class. The more we increase the 1%, the more we support the middle class allowing poorer classes to get in the door to better jobs and more money and be upgraded to a middle class status.
  • Taxing the rich more creates less jobs by the big corporations … but the big corporations stay afloat, and with the big corporations unable to fail, little corporations cannot grow and die. You don’t see big corporations fighting anymore, instead with less money they hire less and buy small businesses (only to close shop and kill competition) … in the long run it will pay off more for them.
  • All I’m saying is I want to work for my money. I want to have the opportunity to work my way up, no matter my class. Rant over.
  • ‎… Rant not over … when you get out of college with your degree, where do you expect to get a job? In the high 1 percent of umbrella corporations, or in the wide middle margin of smaller businesses? Imagine how much harder it will be to get a well-paying job when both those areas are smaller. Now rant over.
  • Where would one think the money taxed from the rich and corporations will go with the government? It will go back to the corporations to purchase more of their services and products, on the higher end. I’d like to see a product other than by IBM, HP, Apple, or Dell in a government office …”

(Source: westandwiththe99percent)

This one may be a little snide.

"I am the 1%.  I stand with the 99%.

I was born into money.  Luckily, my family had the money to give me.  they were not taxed and could give me money I have the choice of giving, too.

I am Occupying Wallstreet.  Bought a ticket get there from California by purchasing a major US airline ticket.  I skipped work to get there

I have my Protest Playlist, mostly by mainstream artists from major labels, on full blast on my portable electronic device of choice.

I look my best in my brand name polo and cap sporting my favorite national sports team.

After the Occupation, I plan on getting some coffee with my like-minded protesters at the nearest internationally gripping patisserie.

Later, I’m going to go on my large social network and recruit more Occupiers.

During the entire trip I passed several homeless people asking for change.  I pretended they weren’t there … unless making a point.

I have more than what I want.  Tax me.  I have more money than I know what to do with, so please take it and do as you please, Government.

I am the 1%.  I stand with the 99%. … because everyone else is.”

I am Citizen 1.  I am 99%.  I stand alone … because of people like this.

We are a nation of wants

What makes this nation great is that we don’t necessarily need.  We can all afford to want and to want as much as we want.

Don’t take my want away from me.

Real poverty is the loss of choice.  The loss of want.  The American Poor and Lower Middle are not aware of how many choices we still have.  Go to all third world countries and see how much choice they have.  Consider yourself lucky.

Real poverty is to have only that loaf of bread that can keep you alive for the week, and to expect about the same or less the next week.

No one will get what they want or deserve, when we all only get what the powers that be deem we need.

I am Citizen 1.  I am 99%.  I stand on my own.

I am an artist.

My profession relies on the generosity of the “greedy” 1%.  I act at theatres sponsored solely by those in money.  I design for those who invest in my artistry.

Arts are dying because of government actions.  However, those wonderful people with money can freely spend their money on luxuries of art and entertainment.

My profession of 99% exists because of the 1%.

I am Citizen 1.  I am 99%.  I stand on my own.

You cannot help everybody all the time.

There’s that old saying.  Many people confuse giving everyone what they want and giving people what they need.  It is impossible to give everyone what they want.  You can give everyone what they need.  You’ll be surprised what little an individual needs.  You’ll be surprised that most everyone in the US, even the poor, get what they need.

However, happiness has been adopted in our culture as another need.  What gives happiness you may ask?  Giving someone what they want gives them happiness.  A want, however, by definition and logic is not a need.  So, though most everyone in the US gets what they need, a good amount are not happy.  You can be happy with what you have, but start getting used to being happy with what little you’ll have.  HAPPINESS IS NOT A NEED; IT IS A WANT.

If you can give, please do give.  Consider it.  But remember, it’s more beneficial to give one like-minded person $1000 than it is to give 100,000 random people 10 cents.  That one like minded person can more easily turn $1000 into $2000 and in turn give it to someone else.  Those 100,000?  Half of them are needed to double their return to break even.  But it is more likely that a good percentage are not so giving and not so adept with finances.

I am Citizen 1. I am 99%. I stand on my own.

westandwiththe99percent:

I remember walking around town collecting aluminum cans with my dad so we could get money for food. I remember heating water on a propane stove to have a bath and storing our food outside in the winter to keep it cold. Years later we lost our house and lived out of the family car for a short time. I now have a great job and great health insurance Me and my wife have degrees and have more than enough disposable income. We have great health insurance which covers my wifes $60,000/year medical bills. We are the 1% and stand with the 99% 

It’s amazing we live in a nation where you get paid for picking up trash.  Now you have money, please give back.  Don’t wait or ask to be taxed because you can’t already give it.

westandwiththe99percent:

I remember walking around town collecting aluminum cans with my dad so we could get money for food. I remember heating water on a propane stove to have a bath and storing our food outside in the winter to keep it cold. Years later we lost our house and lived out of the family car for a short time. 

I now have a great job and great health insurance Me and my wife have degrees and have more than enough disposable income. We have great health insurance which covers my wifes $60,000/year medical bills. 

We are the 1% and stand with the 99% 

It’s amazing we live in a nation where you get paid for picking up trash.  Now you have money, please give back.  Don’t wait or ask to be taxed because you can’t already give it.