53% vs. 99%. Who’s right?
Answer: They both are.
The 53% tout the fact that they have worked hard to pay off their debts and maintain gainful employment by working hard and showing up to a job every day despite the fact that it isn’t their dream job.
The 99% are upset that they have been taken advantage of by the greed of a few, and their situations have become increasingly hopeless despite efforts to do the right thing.
Essentially, both groups are arguing for accountability. The 53% want people to accept responsibility for choices that negatively impact them personally, and the 99% want people to be held responsible for choices that negatively impact others.
Those who are a part of the 53% need to realize that their ability to pay down debt or find a job during this difficult time could be the result of opportunities that those in the 99% have not been afforded. Perhaps they had someone give them a break along the way, show them the dangers of running up credit card or student loan debt, or they haven’t exerienced discrimination due to their race, gender, etc. Had they not had that opportunity, however small it may have been, they could easily be in the same boat as those who are currently occupying Wall Street. There are many out there that have done all of the things that should result in a decent job and benefits, but they’ve simply been screwed over as a result of someone’s greed.
But, with that said, not all of those who are a part of the 99% deserve to be protesting. You have the freedom to make your own choices in this country, but not freedom from the consequences of your choices.
If you can’t find a job, it could be due to the fact that you chose to express yourself with a nose ring, visible tattoo, or by dying your hair green. I’m not saying that any of that is wrong, but you should know that you are seriously limiting your options for employment. If you want the best chance at landing a job in this world, you might have to make “expressing your individuality” a little less of a priority.
Also, if no one has told you about the dangers of running up debt, you’re about to hear it from me. Stop buying crap you don’t need, and stop running up student loans by staying in school simply because you “haven’t found your calling” yet. Get a degree as fast as you can, work your butt off to get any sort of gainful employment, and find your calling on the nights and weekends. Not doing so is like a lion that chooses not to eat when there are zebras around, but he would prefer to hunt gazelle. You might have to do something you don’t want to do for awhile to get by! As I said earlier, this does not apply to all of you occupying Wall Street right now, and many of you deserve to be upset about what has happened over the past few years. It does, however, apply to some.
At the end of the day, we all need to stop making destructive decisions. Whether they are personally destructive or destructive to others, it needs to stop. Hold yourself accountable for your actions first, and then begin holding others accountable for theirs.
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- jakobs-exclamation-mark answered: What the 99% is about is capitalism, nit unemployment. Everyone has the right to godamn protest for their ideals. Everyone.
- motheatonn answered: I hate this. The ‘consequences’ to a nose ring, student loans, and green hair are social constructs of the status quo. HIGH FIVE!
- alfredshitcock answered: 53%” also downplays just how astronomically far ahead the 1% or whatever you call them really are from the rest of us.
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