I am 54 years old.
I entered the workforce when I was 18.
I have played by all the rules, and paid all the taxes my government asked of me for entire working life.
My house is paid for.
My 11 year old car is paid for.
I have saved for retirement.
I live within my means.
All of my hard earned savings could be wiped out with one major illness in my family.
I am the 99%
I am a 37 year old writing tutor at a community college. I have long believed America represents something special in the history of the world – diversity, fairness, upward mobility for all people. Now I’m not so sure. Everyday, I work with men and women of all ethnicities, ages, religions, etc. who are tirelessly trying to improve their lives through education. These are not lazy people looking for hand-outs. But in this “jobless recovery” many of them will still struggle to find meaningful work even with a degree in hand; many more will be forced to return to low paying jobs just to survive. These are people who played by the rules, got an education, and believed in the American Dream. Now the American Dream is telling them that the new reality is that the rich get richer while everyone else has to bail them out when they make a mistake. This is NOT right. This is NOT America. I still believe in hard work and competition. But you have to give us a fighting chance. I am the 99% – WE ARE THE 99%. Support the Buffett Rule. Support debt forgiveness. Support a real jobs bill. Make America work again
Note: You may have noticed that there is a trend in those Occupy Wall Street posts that I am choosing to reblog. This is by design: I am reposting those entries that I feel best negate the arguments being put forth by the opposition; that is, that the 99 percent are lazy; the 99 percent want a handout; that the 99 percent are living off the system; that the 99 percent just want a free ride. Not so. Take a look.
I am a 24-year-old software engineer. I have a great job and a salary that is ridiculously high for someone my age. I have zero debt and all the insurance I could ever need. But I don’t deserve any of it more than anybody else.
The 1% would like me to believe that I have my salary and great job because I work hard and deserve to be rewarded. But hard work wasn’t what allowed me to:
- be born intelligent
- be born to affluent parents
- have an interest in computers from a young age, which led to my current job
- have parents that supported me in everything I did
- have parents that encouraged me to work when I slacked off
- attend an Ivy League university without taking out loans or paying a cent out of my pocket
All of these are not rewards I received because I worked hard. They are things that I have because I am lucky. Nothing more. I’m not even a hard worker; I’m the laziest person I know. Everyone on this page deserves what I have more than I do.
The 1% have what they have for the same reason I do: luck. But they think that their luck gives them free rein to gamble with other people’s money and destroy our economy just to put a few more dollars in their bank accounts. Well, I say enough.
I am the 99%.