“Workers must Organise” As a member of the British Working Class who is involved in protests against the exploitation working people by the rich, I am absolutely thrilled to see the American workers standing up at last against the parasites who exploit and demean their lives daily.Workers and Trade Unionists in Britain support and applaud your efforts,you are not alone the workers of the world are with you
Talking with my Mom via Facebook today, maybe some of you are trying to talk with your parents about demonstrating, or the need for change. I hope this might help even one person. Thanks for being interested and engaging in dialogue, Mom.
Cindy B Here is one issue just based on the poster (in a #99% photo) I don’t get: “The rich are the scum of the earth in every country”. I’m not rich or even close but I just don’t get that blanket statement.
Cindy B Is that you holding the poster? I just noticed the person holding it! lol.
Gabriel S Nah, that’s me in my profile pic. And it’s not just aimed at individuals. Most rich people were born on 3rd base, and inherit their wealth. We’ve got an inequitable tax system that allows the rich and multinational corporations to dodge paying income taxes. Middle class citizens pay more in Taxes than most multinational corporations, even though they post record profits every year and award their CEO’s and board members with bonuses that put the average yearly income of most Americans to shame.
And all this at a time when 16% of Americans are living in poverty, many more are underemployed, uninsured, or casualties of a failing education system.
There’s some rich people and companies that aren’t bad, Bill Gates, Starbucks both come to mind. But the policies that allowed companies like Walmart, GE, Bank of America, BP, and the like to make billions and pay less in taxes than many Americans while accepting bailout money and granting their administrators bonuses… Well that shit’s gotta change.
Cindy B I knew that was you but I thought you took off the scarf and put on glasses. He looks similar to you.
Cindy B I do think we need to change the tax system. What do you think of the fair tax act? I think that’s what it’s called. I don’t like how people use generalizations for a group of people, it’s prejudicial and when I see things like that the cause looses it’s credibility. I think they’d do better to be very clear on a few issues So more people would get in line.
Gabriel S Eliminating the income tax is a pretty poor solution, that’s what the Fair Tax proposes. Corporations already dodge paying income tax now. What we need is to close that loophole. A consumption tax just puts extra burden on the already overburdened impoverished.
That, and just because somebody is super-rich doesn’t mean they’ll consume more. A poor family of five needs to purchase more than a single millionaire, and the millionaire can just buy overseas if it’s cheaper than paying the consumption tax.
Cindy B The world has changed so much since I was a kid. A lot of things for the better of course but I never thought things would be the way they are in my lifetime.
I haven’t done anything creative or socially relevant in a long while, I think I’m going to dust off my old camera and my video camera, and see if this anything actually happens, document it, and share it. I’ll try to be all 2011 about this too, and see if I can’t put this 4g phone to use and post photos as I take them. Should be a neat experiment, and I haven’t gone urban camping by myself since I lived in Germany.