have you seen this?
Yeah, I’m surprised it took this long for the right-wing to come up with a counter-protest. There’s really no good way to counter the movement without coming off as a privileged ass, if there is I haven’t heard it. It is a simple fact that there are people out there who are out of work through no fault of their own, down on their luck and impoverished due to the unsustainable system we have.
It’s cute that they’re like “Oh well we’re doing fine, maybe you should work harder” but the reality is for every lucky content jerkass there are 10 more adults who’ve been shoved out of the middle-class and 20 students crippled by debt. In general I don’t give much credence to the 53% counter-protesters. It’s pretty much impossible to rally people around “Things aren’t that bad!” when they are objectively bad by pretty much any metric.
Yeah, I’ve seen people with the “53%” anti-protest have signs that say, “I work three jobs to pay my mortgage and it’s because I work hard.”
Uh. Okay. Working three jobs isn’t exactly a dream life, is it? It’s also not what the OWS people want. It’s great that you work three jobs but some of us can’t even get work for ONE. It’s not an entitled, unrealistic demand to want jobs for the unemployed, especially when the unemployment rate is as high as it is.
You shouldn’t have to work three jobs to pay for your mortgage after your house has depreciated by 60% in value. You shouldn’t have to work three jobs so you can pay your bills and put food on the table for your kids. You shouldn’t have to work three jobs or drive 90 minutes to and from work each way. The 53% ARE part of the 99% and they shouldn’t have to work three jobs so some CEO who helped crash the economy can get a 41 million dollar bonus this year.
I guarantee that CEO isn’t going to give a FUCK about your three jobs or your depreciated house that you can’t sell when they are relaxing on their yacht in St. Barts.
Yeah, these people are still the 99%. They can call themselves whatever they want but they are still among the people getting fucked over by the 1%. They are just complacent enough in their fucking over position that they are lashing out at those that are messing with what they perceive as a good thing.
It’s great that you’re busting your ass into oblivion to make rent but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way. That’s not a life to aspire to, that’s not an America to be proud of.