Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 4:56 p.m. EST by objectiveguy
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I'm not going to insult supporters of this movement, insult leads nowhere. As i read through the movement beliefs and these forums. i see tons of "theys" and "thems" "Big corporations" and "wealthy greed" "Wall street banks" and "bank staffers" "1% rich" and " we're getting screwed or raped." But not once have i read a solid, factual, objective or educated purpose from a supporter. I have read tons of biased, subjective or very opionated rants possibly provocted by some other influence.
i believe that there are smart supporters of this movement but i am confused why they go about this in such a backwards approach. i you want people to support your movement, don't use words like "they", who do you think "they" is? And don't answer "corporations." Don't use "Wall Street." Generalizing will get you no where. It would be like someone using, "Those whites" or "blacks." It won't get you very far, trust me.
You say you're getting screwed, by who? don't say "the government." because "the government" covers a broad group. which includes your state and local branches too. We just have to be aware as human beings we tend to generalize when we get emotional about something. but it's not fair.
so, is the fact that the extremely wealthy individuals and corporations have the financial ability to influence government for their own benefit fair? no, i don't think so. does it need to change? sure, but what part of our federal legal system is not need a some overhauling?
a little thing i know about corporate greed, Exxon paid $89 billion in taxes in 2010. They employ thousands of hard working americans that pay millions in taxes and SS and med. Those Exxon employees, buy millions of dollars of taxable goods in stores in their towns. Those stores employ more hard working employees and they too pay taxes, see where this is going?
Here is a little thing i know about 1%. I prepare taxes for several good people that fall into the 1% group. Those fine people pay millions in taxes. So much that, the "1%" group makes for almost 95% of the individual taxes paid.
"Wall Street" what is it? it's where the NYSE is located. You know who works there? Hardworking americans. Not multi billionaire CEO's. Yes, there are some employees at the exchange that do very very well. But most of the floor traders are living from check to check and take the train to and from work everyday.
"Banks"? my experience has been that my bank, a big bank, provides good personal and business services to me and several of my clients. i haven't been screwed in anyway. in fact, i wouldn't have my house i live in with my family if it wasn't for a bank.
my point is, the movement seems to take a shotgun approach when targeting the prey. The very people being harmed by the protests are the individuals you so closely relate to. Be smart, be specific and aim in the correct direction when you fire.