I’ve granted before that the #OccupyWallStreet mob do have one grain of truth in their anger, whether or not they know it.
Where they do not have a point is their whining about being the so-called 99%, i.e., the 99% who allegedly do all the work, while 1% get to take home all the cake. This is not just statistically unsound, it’s frankly Marxist rubbish.
I cannot imagine a better response to the whiny "I am the 99%" meme of the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors than We Are the 53%. (That refers to the fact that 47% of households pay no U.S. federal income tax.)
Here's just a taste:
In case you can't read the text clearly, it says:
My father came to NY from Croatia in 1971, with KNOWLEDGE in his head, LOVE in his heart
& the clothes on his back.
He built up a small construction business and put me & my 4 siblings through Catholic school
and college, while my mother raised us and put home-cooked meals on the table.
Business has been steadily declining and my family (still honestly abiding by the regulations,
TAXES & fees imposed by the gov’t) now lives paycheck-to-(hopefully!) paycheck.
We found out he has thyroid cancer - THANK GOD WE PAY for our own health insurance and
WERE ABLE TO CHOOSE the best cancer hospital in the country, Sloan Kettering, where he underwent
10-hour surgery this past summer.
He was back to work FULL-TIME (12 hrs/day, 6 days/wk) within a month, even though the doctors
told him to take it easy (he works manual labor).
The cancer still grows, but my father STILL WORKS FOR LIFE, LIBERTY, & THE PURSUIT OF
THAT is the American dream.
WE are the 53%.
**People like my father came here because America was the answer to all of their problems- IT
STILL CAN BE.
These are the kind of Atlases whose work ethic and productivity (yes, Virginia, these things are virtues) keep themselves and the 47% fed.
And how inspiring to see their grassroots response.
Go read all the stories. Go read them now.
UPDATE: In NZ, of course, We Are The 56.5.