There’s a backlash of sorts against the Occupy Wall Street protests in U.S. cities. It’s called We Are The 53 Percent, a rebuke to the posters on the We Are The 99 Percent Web site. I submitted this picture, above, to the 53 Percent site. The site managers didn’t choose my entry that day, so I am posting it here.
The 99 Percenters’ gripe centers on their feelings of powerlessness. They claim only 1% of the US population controls the wealth and power, and the top income people are not paying their fair share of federal taxes.
Actually, the wealthiest, the top 1%, pay 37% of the U.S. income taxes, but apparently that’s not enough. Or the 99 Percenters don’t understand math. The undertone to their postings channels resentment, covetousness, and well, greed. The protesters are mostly young, at the start of adult life.
Almost half of America pays no federal income taxes while the other half, the 53%, does. This is supposed to be progressive and fair, but the 53%, don’t like paying the bills for everyone. The 53 Percenters know if ALL Americans paid income taxes, we would have a true ownership society. The 47 % want things — more government goodies — because they are free. ‘We Are The 53 Percent’ is about resentment, too, but towards people they consider freeloaders.
Resentment and anger, regardless of tax percentile, is destructive. I look at the youthful faces on the 99 percent site and see despair. I posted this entry because there is ALWAYS hope if you are optimistic and set a course for yourself. America is a remarkable place. There is so much opportunity here. My picture isn’t about fury at all. It’s about accomplishment.
When I was 23, I set my goals for family, health, wealth and career (in that order) and stayed to the plan. Things are good now. No dark clouds overhead.
Dear Occupy Wall Street protesters, imagine a happy future for yourself. Make a life plan. Be self-sufficient. Push aside silly things. Attain your destiny. Anger and fear lead to powerlessness. Do good works. And pay your taxes.
God bless you all.