10.14.2011


While Fox News laughs off the "dirty hippies" of Occupy Wall Street, it doesn't hurt to stop down for a second and think about their cause.  Slowly, over time, wages have stagnated or fallen, jobs have become more scarce, student debt buries many of Americans, health care is ridiculously unaffordable, no one can obtain a mortgage, and the list goes on.  For those in their twenties and even in their thirties, they have every right to say, "This is not what you told me it would be like!"

Sean Hannity, who is in the middle of a 5 year/$100 million contract (ergo, the "1%"), preaches, "If you live in America and work hard, you will succeed."  The fact that people are now questioning that premise doesn't make them un-American, it may in fact make them very American. Or maybe the new American.

Are we lazy bums who simply spend beyond our means? Or has the playing field change over the years while we weren't looking. If you don't know someone who busts it everyday but is being buried financially, you don't know many people at all.

And the fear is that it will only get worse for our children.



More "We Are The 99%" photos here.

Edit: And just when I try to be serious, someone has to send me this:


74 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has it really changed.... or is this just the "best of times / worst of times is whats current" theory.

Anonymous said...

And the point of killing off the 1% is what, exactly? If there were 100 people on a desert island, but only one person among them powerful enough to climb a coconut tree and provide for the rest, would those 99 have a "sit-in" and complain about the one?

Anonymous said...

The 4th letter down is a boy with scoliosis. He needs surgery, but his family has no insurance. I wish that there was a way to contact his family. The Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas will pay 100% for his surgery. I realize that they would have to pay for airfare or gas to drive, but it would be cheaper than having the surgery done wherever they live.

Triple Fake... said...

nice try with the sob story and the little girl holding the note. where do we send donations?
There is not a magical line that separates the 99% from the 1%. And the 99% - that's pretty wide. There's folks in that group making 10 grand a year, and others making 250 grand. The trick isn't to wish you were in the 1%. It's to climb up the ranks of the 99.
I'm not throwing blame on anybody for being divorced or single, having kids, or just being broke. But if you don't like your situation, either cut back on your expenses or figure out how to make more money

Anonymous said...

Not everyone in the USA can or should be an entrepreneur, salesman, businessman, or investor. Not only are many people called to service, those who aren't, are found in service jobs.

What does this mean? This means there are men and women out there dedicated to a job where the more they work, the harder they work, they will not get paid any more than the business, organization or governmental agency they are employed by.

Their salaries have stopped growing.

As a professional, and not an hourly employee, I can work 100 hours per week and not get paid any more than I make working 40 hours per week. Where there is 100 hours worth of work, the owner, the boss, or whoever, saves money/makes money by not hiring 2.5 of me. they expect me to work that 100 hours to get that work done.

Don't misunderstand me. I work what needs to be worked. I dedicate myself to my service job. My work ethic is rock solid. However, there are people out there that want service for free. When you demonize government and corporate America, the only people that get hurt are the middle class people that live a life in a service industry.

I'm not motivated in my job by the opportunities for more money. I'm motivated in my job for helping people, caring for my family, creating a sound and comfortable future for my spouse and I, and the opportunities for my children to go to college.

Uncertainty in areas like budget cuts, health care costs, social security, investing, and the increasing cost of education are all factors that lead to insecurity, frustration, and helplessness from someone like me.

Bacon said...

When I see those 1% ........I think.........I could buy a lot of Bacon with what they make.

Anonymous said...

"Trickle down economics" is the biggest scam/joke every played on the American people.

Paul said...

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Anonymous said...

Kids today have been pathetically coddled by their loser parents who don’t have enough sense to teach their kids basic life lessons of physical responsibility. Hannity is spot on for his remark. I could care less if kids today fail or not. They are complete failures and loser’s imo who want nothing more than a handout. They’re full blown idiots. Those who are older looking for handouts are the biggest losers of all.

And, I personally take offence of being labeled any part of the “99% percent” because I’m not looking for any handout FROM ANYBODY. My parents were brilliant and taught me the important basics of life such as physically responsibility. I work, own my home, and pay my taxes. If I didn’t have a job by gawd I would be stomping the pavement until I found one. There’s no time to stand around playing the poor me card like so many do. Those people make me sick. I’d work 2-3 jobs if I had to. I’m not too good to do whatever it takes to survive, ANYTHING to have full physical responsibility for myself. My self-worth requires it.

Anonymous said...

The first Christians seem to have been a little on the socialist side. From Acts:

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.

Anonymous said...

Being poor is a life choice and not my problem.

We could all be poor if we chose to.

Anonymous said...

The Scottish Rite helps little kids, unlike the 1%.

Anonymous said...

Execs still get a golden parachute for screwing up the company. The workers get crapped on.

Anonymous said...

11:40 must be in great shape with all that "physical" reaponsibility they are exercising.

ou make us all look stupid. Fiscal vs physical?

Anonymous said...

People laugh, but how many of you use a local bank instead of the BoA, Wells Fargo, and Citi crooks?

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Millennial Generation. This generation of young adults were always told they were great. "Here's your participation trophy." "No, we didn't keep score because everyone's the same."

Translation as adults... "Why does he make more than I do?" "Why can't I have that _____________ " (insert car, house, salary, spouse, or whatever material fits)

Wages are stagnant because the economy sucks. Jobs are missing because we have virtually no growth. Small businesses are stifled by over regulation and heavy tax burdens, which the Obama administrations wants to increase.

bob bobberson said...

We are lazy. But why should that mean that the government is at fault. Fix the spending problem and teach our children to spend wisely.

Anonymous said...

11:44 The difference is whether voluntaryily or forcefully helping others.

Anonymous said...

To the parents of the little girl holding up the picture. Your daughter will never be a part of the one percent if you tell her she will never be. I encourage my children to be astronauts, doctors, or whatever they want to be. They will probably never be an astronaut, a doctor or part of the one percent but it won't be because I told them they couldn't be. Also, I was one of those students with a graduate degree, tens of thousands in student loans, no job and living with my mother. Had to do it for quite a few years. I didn't quit and protest, I kept working. Paid off every bit of student loan debt and now make $140,000+ salary. Quit whining and start working. My Dad had no college degree and his first job was hauling hay and his second was at a feed mill. Now he is worth several million and all by the sweat of his own brow and the decisions he made. He wasn't asking for and didn't get any handouts either.

Anonymous said...

I have an idea! What if the government tells everybody what our jobs are and how much everybody makes and what we can eat and how we get medicated and where we live and with who and how much things cost and what we wear and look like and we will call it freedom..?

Anonymous said...

11:44

Notice that "..they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had".

People took care of each other. NOT MADE TO DO IT BY THE GOVERNMENT!! Now why don't YOU go out and do what is exoected of YOU?

Anonymous said...

Who cares 11:47 Any chairty looking for a handout chose to be in the field they are in, LOOKING FOR HANDOUTS as in CHARITY.


It in not your sorry a## or anyone elses place to tell anyone they should donate to anything.

Anonymous said...

11:40 is right. If you don't make enough to live on, then live a little less glitzy or get a second job. I have NO SYMPATHY for single parents, because I was one and made it just fine with a second job at times to supplement. Boo HOO. Get off you lazy arses and work and quit whining. You CHOOSE to be poor or to be comfortable by your life choices, pure and simple.

Anonymous said...

12:12 LMAO isn't that the mindset of a Democrat and Liberal because they have no common sense and can't function in life without someone handing everything to them?

Anonymous said...

11:58 Why are the banks crooks? Because you are one of those who borrowed money and couldn't pay it back?

I don't bank locally because of conveniense so I use one of those horrible banks you listed.

Oh and FYI clueless. Who cares whether we bank locally. I live locally and pay my taxes locally.

How dare you tell me where to put my money! Only a stupid Dem or Lib would make the statement you made!

wordkyle said...

"Are we lazy bums who spend beyond our means?" Compared to previous generations, absolutely. Look at the industries created to do nothing but help us squander time. (Facebook or Netflix, anyone?) Our lives are filled not only with hi-tech toys, but with the hunger to purchase the next hi-tech toy. The recently deceased, universally-revered Steve Jobs made his fortune creating and exploiting that hunger.

The mortgage failure was due in large part to the same hunger, on the parts of people who wanted to "invest" in a house when they couldn't make the payments.

Student debt? Try "borrowed money, spent it, and now complain about having to pay it back." Want to protest something? How about the cost of college tuition? Since 1982, it's gone up 439%, nearly twice as much as healthcare costs (251%) or energy (108%) yet there's not a widespread protest against greedy college administrators and professors.

Not to beat this nag to death, but as I've said before, most millionaires in America earned it themselves, through long years of hard work, frugal living, and making wise decisions with their money. Those people do not deserve to be condemned in any way for what they've accomplished by the "99%" who are unwilling to do the same.

Anonymous said...

They want to trade "trickle down prosperity" for "trickle up MISERY"

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, don't blame the poor on your President Obama. He is doing all he can to help the economy.

Anonymous said...

The Unionists are easy to spot today.

el chupacabra said...

It is arguably harder to 'make it' these days, but only arguably so.

In most peoples eyes I have 'made it'. It just wasn't that long ago though, I slept in my car to make it through college and it was really not so long ago my spouse and I worked 2 jobs each and saved every extra nickel to get somewhere.

If more folks took those jobs they didn't think they'd ever have to, ate more Hamburger Helper and saved every cent they could- the American dream might come true for them.

OK, I've spent my two cents- now I'm broke again.

Anonymous said...

I band at a local bank who has a location in Bowie and the CS there is terrible!!My money and my kid's money is in a CU in Fort Worth.

As far as the charity issue goes; the government should give that responsibility back to family, church and friends. You would be astounded to see how many people would get back to work if that was the case.

Anonymous said...

I took off work today to work on my house and I found myself thinking smart a$$ comments about the OWS people. Then I clicked on the link. I am not buying some of these people's plight, BUT there are a lot of recurring comments. I spent an hour reading the messages. Many are hard workers, have multiple jobs, and are still having a tough time making ends meet with their families....and these are the one's calling themselves FORTUNATE.

Damn! I am a conservative, love capitalism and all that, but THERE ARE greeedy people out there.

WK said:

Not to beat this nag to death, but as I've said before, most millionaires in America earned it themselves, through long years of hard work, frugal living, and making wise decisions with their money.

Really??? How many millionaires do you know personally??? How do you know these people EARNED IT themselves???

I know a couple. And I know that they NEVER would have gotten there if they hadn't done the old "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" under the table KICK BACK schemes.

Anonymous said...

I think that they are making a mistake limiting their arguments to 1% of the popluation and somehow branding them all as bad.

There is nothing wrong with wealth in and of itself, and many wealthy people have gotten that way honestly.

On the other hand, you have big banks taking a Government Bailout Loan to stimulate the economy and then instead of lending the money to businesses, they buy T-Bills, make big bucks and pay themselves bonuses for doing nothing.

Or taking a half billion government loan then filing for bankruptcy.

Or getting Texas Technology money because you know the Govenor.

Or manipulating the stock market for profit.

Or manipulating gas prices for profit.

Or promoting a "war" where your friends get rich and your neighbor's kids die.

There is nothing wrong with being wealthy. There is something wrong with thinking that you deserve to be wealthy and that anything you do to get there is ok.

Anonymous said...

well said, 12:09. You reap the results of hard work and years of dedication and diligence,not hand-outs. I truly don't care what happens to people who are too stupid or too lazy to work and support themselves and their own. Anyone, yes ANYONE can make it if they try, but it won't happen through whining and sitting on the porch waiting for the government or someone who does work to pay your bills for you. Heft your lazy ass off the couch and go to work, 2, 3 jobs if you have to.

Anonymous said...

I hate Democrats and Liberals so much for making the American people what they are today. All those Occupy Wall Street Goons are a perfect example of the Democrat/Liberal way of thinking.

I hate them so much that I don't associate with any D or L. I'd rather spit in their faces than look at them.

Anonymous said...

Join the Military, maybe you're good enough......and if you're not there's always Slinging fast food!

Anonymous said...

2:08 PM

Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Or taking a half billion government loan then filing for bankruptcy. My bank didn't need or want a bailout. They were forced to take it.

Or manipulating the stock market for profit. mmmm...last time I checked I was not forced to invest in the stock market. FYI the stock market is nothing but a gamble. I guess it would take an intelligent person to know that.

Or manipulating gas prices for profit.

Or promoting a "war" where your friends get rich and your neighbor's kids die. Don't join an organization where you might be killed. I have no sympathy for dumb families who want to complain when their loved one is killed on duty in a dangerous profession.

wordkyle said...

206 - Thomas J Stanley and William Danko did the research for you. The results of their study, which support my points, are compiled in their book The Millionaire Next Door. I've mentioned it a few times over the last couple of years, in response to the growing (and official Democrat) criticism of the "top one percent."

208 - Several of your points, although obviously pointed in a particular direction, are academic. No one supports corruption or illegal/wasteful misuse of funds, private or public. However, you criticize banks for not lending to businesses. However, the truth is that businesses are not borrowing. Businesses are sitting on large cash reserves instead of expanding and hiring, because they're unsure about what's going to happen next in the economy. Will the government take over and/or support a competitor, as it did Chrysler and General Motors? Will it reconstruct an entire industry, as it has with health insurance? Will Barack Obama poison the public's attitude about an industry, as he did with private aircraft? So although the banks may be guilty of a multitude of sins, unwillingness to lend to businesses is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

In conclusion to 2:51 about manipulating gas prices for profit.

It's not just oil and gas buddy.

The same scenerio goes for other retailers marking the prices up on their junk the way they do.

Come on, you can do it. Get over the I Hate Bush Mindset. LMAO

Poor you!

Anonymous said...

We have created a generation of lazy, no-good, whiners that think they deserve something for nothing. Get a life and a job and shut up!

Anonymous said...

WKyle - that book doesn't excuse the fact that you REALLY don't know if these people ever did anything unethical......if they ever got a 'lucky break' at the expense of a company because of an upper management position they were in(KICK BACKS). I am sure there are many honest millionaires out there, but you are very naive if you think many didn't obtain their status by being greedy. There are many greedy RICH people.

I make decent money, but I also work a full time job + a part time job. I work every odd job that comes my way even if it is just for an extra $50 or $100. But I have 3 kids to raise (I never get to see them) and my wife is handicap so she barely makes any money.

Like the people I mentioned earlier, I am fortunate but I could also lose it all with one injury or sickness.

Anonymous said...

2:06 If a person is having to work "multiple" jobs and still having a tough time they are a) living beyond their means b) have too many kids they can't afford c) have a lazy spouse who won’t work. You're not hearing the whole story. I want to see the financials/house/cars, etc.
Don't be so gullible.

Anonymous said...

Thank Mr. Obama for playing the Class Warfare card. (his race card was denied)

Anonymous said...

1:23 is the easiest horse ass to spot today.

Anonymous said...

If everyone used the friendy Woodhaven Bank for all their needs, we would not be in this mess!

Anonymous said...

12:41 needs Jesus!

Anonymous said...

LOL 4:08 I'm not weak.

I’m a very content, happy, strong, confident, competent, self reliant person. I don’t need some false idol to worship. I can function on my own and have been doing it for 40+ years just fine.

Anonymous said...

2:51

Or promoting a "war" where your friends get rich and your neighbor's kids die. Don't join an organization where you might be killed. I have no sympathy for dumb families who want to complain when their loved one is killed on duty in a dangerous profession.

So . . . If Dick Chaney put us into a war based on lies, and the oil companies and defense contractors make billions off of it, the low pay line grunts should die without whining?

Should the taxpayers whine about the huge $$$ drain on our economy???

How is that war going by the way?
Are we about to victory???

Can anybody tell us what the intended end game was?

Anonymous said...

3:33 What's your point?

Are you trying to blame others for the mess you are or are not in? Are you jealous of everyone who has it better than you? What's your point?

I or "rich people" didn't tell you to have 3 kids. I nor the "rich people" caused your wife's illness?

What's your point?

Anonymous said...

Unionists = socialists; until it concerns their pay and benefits.

wordkyle said...

333 - Nice, how you try to simply glide past your ignorance of the actual research done. One of their findings was that a large majority of these millionaires are not in glamorous (or "upper management position") jobs. They were plumbers, etc. In fact, there's a major discussion of how many of those in "glamor" occupations are not wealthy, for the same reason many lower-income people are not wealthy -- their lifestyle.

Are there greedy rich people? Of course. Just as there are greedy poor and greedy middle class people. Have some rich people done unethical things? Of course -- just as many poor and middle class people have. The characteristics that you keep avoiding are concepts like thrifty, forward-looking, concerned about the future, long-term thinkers, knowledgeable (about their finances) or delayed gratification. These are some of the attributes discussed in the research. (Studies done with a large number of millionaires, rather than just the few that you might be acquainted with.) Demonizing such people as a class is as much bigotry as judging people by the color of their skin.

Anonymous said...

If you don't have an oilwell, get one you lazy hippies!

DF Eddie Chiles

wordkyle said...

444 - A better question is this: On what do you base your observations that "Dick Chaney put us into a war based on lies" or that "oil companies made billions off of it?" (Defense contractors likely did, because warfare and preparation for warfare is their source of income. But that doesn't indicate anything illegal or unethical.) Your claims are part of the the Liberal agitprop that they've been selling for years, yet the evidence does not support it.

Anonymous said...

10:47 I just hope the left isn't too stupid to understand what you said.

It's still going 4:44! Let's see how the new African one goes to.

Wordkyle, I swear you are the best.

Consilium ac prudentia said...

11:44 First they were sharing amongst themselves secondly it was their choice to share, they were not forced. Try again.

Anonymous said...

Unionists - The ones who built America and it's monuments.

Consilium ac prudentia said...

3:33 I also have a handicap wife, two children, a job that pays 13 bucks an hour, work a second lower paying job, work a third seasonal job, and do odd jobs on the side all while paying bills and school loans. I sometimes have trouble making ends meet. Funny though, I don't blame anyone else. I wasn't raised to believe that life is fair, or everyone is equal, or that I deserve anything I didn't work for. I am content in life. I have no problems with those better off than me, nor do I covet their belongings. I understand people's situation, I don't understand their angry mindset. Life is what it is. Learn to be happy. It's your moral obligation. Then you have no reason to occupy wall street. Pretty simple philosophy.

Anonymous said...

We don't need no stinkin' monuments.

You monumentists will be the ruin of us all

Anonymous said...

Let's see how sorry I feel for these protestors.

It took me 7 years to finish college. Worked my way through and didn't owe a dime after. I now work for myself. Make about $40-50/ hr, and am always busy.

I taught my kids self reliance and hard work. My daughter finished her degree last year. I provided her a house and food, she paid her way through with two jobs and owes nothing. Still has both jobs and is working on a masters part time.

Anybody whining about the "system" gets no sympathy here. If they chose cable TV, cool gadgets, and lots of free time in their youth, they simply chose wrong. That is not my problem. They can live with the consequences.

Wanna soak the rich? uh... excuse me, but those are my customers. You won't be soaking just them, but me too.

Do a little math. Take everything the top 1% has and spead it around. Yes, they'll have a lot less, but the other 99 won't have appreciably more, and that won't last, because it wasn't earned.

I'd like to think America has not become that stupid, but, alas, the majority probably have.

Thanks a lot Butt-Heads

Anonymous said...

Chups, the problem is while you were struggling to survive and get an education to fulfill the American Dream, some jackhole who's buddies shoehorned him into a plumb Wall Street job pilfered the pantry.

Now we are all clawing for the crumbs thanks to those a-holes and they are blaming the ones left behind.

Anonymous said...

Occupy Wall Street is labor union organized and the protestors are nothing more than political activists! It is a ploy to win the 2012 presidential election.

What do they want? They want minimum wage raised to $20.00 an hour without thinking how fewer jobs will be available to younger people working their way through college! Minimum wage jobs are for kids who need a job in high school and college; not later in life!

My experience within one of my own family is our culture of spending has created young people who feel entitled! I've thought of giving her (inlaw) the "nickel and dime" talk. Credit card collection agencies call four times a day to find them while they find somewhere to go "fun" every weekend. I have to listen to how "depressed" she is over financial problems knowing it isn't going to get better until they watch every nickel and every dime they spend!

In contrast my single mom daughter is working fun time while getting her master's degree in order to improve her life!

I have little patience with all the whinning because I grew up with little money but my mom found away to live on a working man's pay check by cooking beans and tators! She made our clothes and we might go out to eat every two years and then it was a hamburger.
Liveing through a real depression will teach you to work hard and be resourceful.

The labor unions are not going to stop until they have rioting in the streets. They have fooled some liberals into buying into their class warfare, but this group is run by thugs and criminals.

Anonymous said...

7:34 Nail on the head! Union dues pay to elect Democrats and finance huge pensions for their crooked leaders.

Anonymous said...

The US is 12th in economic competitivness in the world. We used to be first. It is mainly government interference that has caused the problems.

Get the government OUT of business, let the free market work, and folks that want a job will be able to get one. It works every single time.

Anonymous said...

9:04 is wrong.......Many Republicans support labor. They travel First Class on the planes and want union labor to get them there safe. They don't fly the cheap, fly by nights.

Anonymous said...

10:47 - it depends who got you stuck on the deserted island. In our case, it's probably the one that gets the coconuts.

Anonymous said...

I work hard and my company steals from the people who work there. The CEO gets a golden parachute for running the company down, when do the workers who are union or non union get a bonus for failure? Dont expect any handout, just good, honest business.

Anonymous said...

Hannity is a con artist.

Anonymous said...

6:13 Success is all luck, just ask any loser.

Anonymous said...

Unions are ran by criminals that only hire close friends for the big paying jobs. I know!
Who ever has the most friends, wins.

Anonymous said...

There are 2 kinds of people - those that whine and those that do. I was a single mom, 2 children, deadbeat of an ex husband who went on to another woman and made more children he couldn't support. I went back to college - had medicaid, food stamps, government assistance for 4 years. Graduated with a BSN. HARD WORK - LONG NIGHTS STUDYING after I got home from working a night job to make ends meet. 2 children under 2 when I started school. I raised those girls to be fine upstanding citizens who saw what hard work and dedication did. Government assistance was intended to be SHORT TERM while you bettered yourself and returned to the workforce. Now I am reaping the benefits of those hard years and I don't complain about the taxes I pay - because the assistance got me here. Where this country has gone wrong is all the ENTITLEMENT people who think they are owed assistance for ever and never improve themself. I could have stayed home and ate bonbons while watching Oprah but I worked hard and moved on.

2 types of people whiners and doers!

Anonymous said...

I am a millionaire, but I never held a real job in my life.
I went to Harvard and Columbia.
I have one of the biggest private jets in the world take me wherever I want.
My wife wears $44,000 diamond bracelets.
I play golf every weekend at the most expensive resorts.
Goldman Sachs gives me millions of dollars.
When I retire, I'll get paid hundreds of millions $ in speaking fees by big companies.
I'll make millions more as a board member of the corporations you are protesting.

MY NAME IS BARACK OBAMA, AND I AM THE 1%.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone really thought this whole 99% thing through. Let's put it into perspective. What if the school teacher told your child that they were the smartest student in the class and because of that he/she would have part of her grades given to the other students. When she scored a 100 she would get a 70 and her extra 30 points would be divided between the rest of the class. Would you go to school and demand the teacher let your child keep her 100? Of course every parent would - your child worked hard for that grade - studied hard - turned in his/her work so why would you want her score to go to someone who didn't work - didn't even turn in a paper? If this child was forced to participate in this grade equalizing practice he/she would quit working hard - why do the work for a 70? OR move the child to another school where that doesn't happen.

That is what is going to happen in the USA. The doers are going to move to other countries, take their money and leave. When they do there will be nothing but the takers left and no one to support them. Sad situation because those with the initiative and drive will succeed somewhere else - I know I am one of those working the details to leave.

Anonymous said...

The "doers" are thieves, and they dont live in Wise County. They steal from the honest Johns and that is the new American way.