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Thank You Occupy Wall Street

26 Jan

Thank you

Thank you, for helping shift the economic narrative to the historic economic inequality in our country and introducing “income inequality”, “99%” and “1%” into the political lexicon.  It may not have supplanted the narrative of the ‘oppression’  of the mythical job creators, but it at the very least is on par.  Thank you for awakening many in the American public to the fact we have been getting fucked for several decades by those at the top of the food chain with the complicity of our government.

We have a very clear choice in which direction in which our country can go.  The choice is ours.  We can bemoan the effect of special interests, of the Citizens Untited decision, but ultimately we are free to vote for whomever we choose and as a populace are responsible for the government we have.

We can go down the road where we help the working poor maintain a dignified life and give them the tools – health care, food stamps, student loans – to better their lives.  We can choose to give a shit about those less fortunate than us and not demonize them for societies ills.  We can to choose to have clean air and water.  We can choose to regulate businesses so they don’t screw us, poison us, or injure us.  We can have good public schools and national parks. We can do all this without denying the wealthy the fruits of their ‘labor’ though the fruits will admittedly be somewhat smaller.  The only thing they will be denied is unfettered power, and THIS is what they are fighting tooth and nail against right now.

Or

We can go down the path the likes of the tea party and arch conservatives are advocating, where we gut the government, the social safety nets, environmental protection, all those things mentioned above. We can go down a path of economic and social darwinism.  At it’s heart the conservative adgenda for the country will turn our country into a modern day feudal system with “job creators” in place of noble lords and “workers” in place of serfs, where the majority of us are left fighting for the scraps from the 1%’s table, left to their tender mercies.

Personally, I would prefer the former, and have been wishing for so long that Americans would wake the fuck up en masse and see what is being done to them.  I wish that folks like the Tea Partiers would simply look at the numbers and realize that they are pawns of the Koch brothers and their ilk, being led by the nose to do their bidding.

This election will be that choice and set the die for the next decade on.  I hope we make the right choice, and believe that OWS had made that possibility much more likely.  Mittens being battered about Bain and his tax returns would have never happens if it had not been for OWS bringing these issues into the public consciousness.  If Obama wins he will owe a debt of thanks to OWS.

Thank You OWS.

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2 Comments

Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Economy, Politics, Rant

 

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2 responses to “Thank You Occupy Wall Street

  1. h2dog

    January 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Nice job with this.

     
  2. G

    January 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I agree that government is complicit in many of the ills that have effected us. I agree that there is too much corporate money in our politics, but more government is not the answer. Obama received way more Wall Street money towards his campaign in 2008 than John McCain did and are already donating to his reelection campaign at a faster rate now than in his previous campaign (Reuters).

    This focus on income inequality and class warfare is largely based on misinformation. Did you know that less than half (40 percent or 43 percent depending on the measure) of those in the top 1 percent in 1996 were still in the top 1 percent in 2005. Only about 25 percent of the individuals in the top 1/100th percent in 1996 remained in the top 1/100th percent in 2005? Did you know that roughly half of taxpayers who began in the bottom income quintile in 1996 moved up to a higher income group by 2005?

    “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

     

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