It started with Occupy Wall Street and has since spread to different parts of the United States and the World. People who are upset about joblessness, opportunities, corporations in bed with government and a host of other things (many legit, several absurd). Those in the 99%, feel that too much power and money are being held by the 1% and positioning that the 1% is evil (and the 99% are not).
I support many things that the protesters are seeking. Tax reform to wipe out loop holes and shelters, limiting corporate (and PAC – which isn’t brought up enough) donations to political candidates, etc. One I would like to see is limiting betting against companies stock going up and increase the tax on gains if you don’t hold the stock for say 30 days. I am not a financial expert, but in my limited purview these tend to cause major negative swings that can be avoided. But there are so many people with different agendas that I wrote this on Google Plus.
People are sharing the Occupy Wall Street videos all over G+ and while I fully support their right to protest, I have a question:
What is the end game? I hear 1000 different reasons why people are there and if it is just to blow off steam or even to be heard, that is great. But if there is going to be that point where the protesters feel they got what they wanted, it isn’t clear what that is.
Had some nice discussion about that. But beyond that, I created this poster to show that everything the 1% does isn’t necessarily bad and just because I am in the 99% doesn’t mean I am necessarily good or can relate to the needs of those in the bottom 10%. We can’t broad stroke anyone. Not all banks were involved in subprime lending, not all of Wall Street is out to hurt the little guy.
We can get into whether Jobs is the best example given his notoriety for not being philanthropic like a Bill Gates or because his manufacturing is done overseas, but I am interested in your thoughts. What is the top 2-3 things that would fix this (or your) country?