jerroc wrote:When I look at the money spent vs the outcome of the protest so far, its clear to me the protest is tax payer money wasted. The so called messangers are not getting the message across. In this case money talks and bullshit walks. OWS protesters don't represent enough tax payer dollars to be taken serious. I'm at the heart of the middle class and it should be me out there protesting but with the taxes I pay for social programs I simply can't do anything but work. As far as jobs go there are jobs out there they are not middle class jobs and they won't support middle class greedy lifestyle but they will Help pay the bills. Keeping unemployment beiefits going has kept unemployment reports high. The middle class is jumping on the gravy train with the poor. The 1% have the mone the 99% have the markets. You want a real protest than get a job pay with cash don't buy stupid shit like $100 pair of jeans. Keep your money out of banks and buy american when you can.
So, the middle class makes about $40k a year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_middle_class
That would mean you pay $6,134 in taxes (assuming NO deductions) http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040tt.pdf
and about 14% of that goes to "social programs" (excluding social security) http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258
So, if you had another $859 dollars you would be able to do things other than just work?
I agree with getting a job, not spending $100 on a pair of jeans, and buying american (even though the last two are in direct conflict with each other). But I think if we want real change, we have to do more than just not make poor financial decisions.
I personally believe that corporations should not have the same rights as me. The middle class "jumping on the gravy train" can also be interpreted as "getting so poor that they are no longer middle class and social welfare programs apply to them".
I'd love to see a real protest where people voted with their pocket books and didn't patronize any business that paid it's CEO more than 100 times it's lowest paid employee. Of course, they'd just sub contract out all the janitor positions. I'd love to see Citizens United repealed, but I don't think we can wave a magic wand for that, either.
So, what does that leave us? Bringing these issues to the forefront of the political debate (instead of gay marriage or terrorism) works as a first step for me.
Who is spending the money, by the way? I think all those dirty hippies in tents are pretty much eating beans and rice.