We Are The 99 Percent! • 10.04.11
The United States is, unfortunately, full of 99ers. 99ers are people who have spent 99 weeks looking for work, only to come up empty. Their unemployment insurance checks then stop coming, and they’re absolutely on their own.
It’s not their fault. For every 1 job, there are 20 applicants. The most wealthy 1 percent like it that way.
The top 1 percent is sitting on huge amounts of wealth, and paying historically low levels of taxes on it. They don’t need to work. They can just sit, and let their investment income come rolling in, living a life of leisure… and then putting their money in overseas tax shelters instead of putting it into job growth here in the United States.
The corporations help the top 1 percent keep their outrageous wealth, and expand it. Corporations are sitting on two trillion dollars in liquid wealth right now, and refusing to use it to create jobs.
Why? They want to keep American workers desperate. They like hearing stories of people showing up to work at companies without being paid, as virtual slaves, in the hopes that one day, they might be offered a real paying job. They want more and more jobs paying minimum wage, and then, as Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have promised to do, they want to see the minimum wage completely eliminated.
We don’t have to stand still and take it any more. We are the 99 percent. We are the huge majority of Americans who do the work that enriches corporations and the top 1 percent. We’re the ones who are suffering under budget cuts to education and the to the social safety net. We’re the 99 percent that’s been given more and more of the burden while the rich of the top 1 percent sit back and take it easy.
We’re the 99 percent, and we’re not going to take it any more. We’re occupying Wall Street. We’re occupying Freedom Plaza. We’re occupying every city in the United States of America, and we’re not going home until we are heard.
We want corporations to pay their fair share. We want the top 1 percent most wealthy Americans to stop hoarding their money overseas, and to invest in the USA. We want politicians in Congress to stop destroying our the government that is the instrument of our popular democracy. We want the expensive and bloody wars of the last decade to end.
We are the 99 percent. Can you hear us now?