the 53% vs the 99% vs the 1%?

-by Nerdface-

Today I am a bit depressed.  First, Oakland raided its “Occupy” tent city, resulting in (among other things) critical injury to a two-time Iraq veteran.  Then, I started reading more about the  so-called 53% movement.  (Note: it is not a coincidence that the Occupy protests took weeks to get some real attention from major news networks, but the 53% thing is already getting press.  Anything to divide and distract.)

Those identifying as the 53%, which is the supposed number of Americans who pay income tax, are putting the dialogue in terms of Them (hippie freeloaders wanting my money) vs Me/Us (we who work hard and don’t complain and don’t expect special breaks).

It is, in my opinion, a damaging and false divide.  It makes me feel physically sick to contemplate it, because it is so, so unnecessary.  I truly believe that if we all sat down and talked reasonably, we (the 53% people and the 99% people) would realize that we can be, should be, and must be on the same side.

I am a free-market capitalist libertarian hippie.  I’m not a socialist.  I’m not a communist.  I’m not against business.  I’m not against rich people.  I’m not against you keeping your money and me keeping mine.  I don’t want government handouts.  I don’t want or need special breaks.  I just want Wall Street to stop getting handouts and special breaks.  I want, as Matt Taibbi said in his most recent excellent article, a level playing field for all of us.  ALL of us.  All 100%.  I want our government to end the disgusting and incestuous affair it’s been having with Wall Street for far, far too long.

How is that too much to ask?  How?

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One thought on “the 53% vs the 99% vs the 1%?

  1. Elaine Schmid says:

    YES! You are so right. I love the way you articulate things, and I am so freaking proud of you. And, I, too, am outraged by the damn 53% movement. We (all of us in the 99%) cannot be divided on this issue right now!

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