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I’m sure several of you have gotten a link to the “We Are the 53%” site.  I responded to one, see below.  Here is how you do it.

I joined the US Navy in 2000.  I spent several years on the government’s dime with socialized medicine (I know it works), and socialized education (works as well) in high technology you can’t see anywhere else.  I saved like a fiend, especially on tax free government deployments.  Yes they were deployments where I earned medals that qualified me for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but I also had government paid for stops in several amazing countries.

After that I became a defense contractor in the Washington DC area, in one of the richest counties in the country.  I worked my ass off at a mid level job gaining work experience and lifting my ass up.  After that I went to work for an NGO at a position far below what I was qualified for, to gain work experience in the civilian world and made it up to officer level in it.  Once that was done I moved to another company for a pay promotion.  I started to use my GI Bill at a community college and will transfer to either Georgetown or George Mason next year.  Due to investments I will also emerge with 0 student debt.  I’ve started a Roth IRA, and have 3 403bs and a 401k, my family also has a broker at ML.

Here is the thing though, all I got, I got from the community, and a blessed family.  And moreover, I’m pissed as all fucking hell that other people have savaged and raped my retirement funds, gambled away a countries future that I fought to protect, and then sucked money from me to bail them out from their own goddamn stupidity.  I’m pissed as fuck that you have to pay to get a seat with most politicians for them to hear you out.  I’m pissed that military salaries aren’t doing well and “savings” in the DOD comes from fucking my brothers and sisters over but keeping the contractors well fed.  I’m pissed as fuck that now even with “company provided” health insurance, which is still better than what most have, it still covers shit compared to what I had in the military.  I’m pissed as fuck that while I pay income taxes others game the system for a lower rate, and that the truly rich aren’t taxed.  And I’m shocked that those of us in the 53% are so quick to defend corporations getting paid for our hard fought tax dollars.  If corporations are “people” they are the .0000001% that gets billions back, you ok with that one?

I’m willing to pay more taxes, and I put my money where my mouth is on this I donate to charities, and I put time back in to a community that suffers from a lack of education and other issues (DC), I see the problems.

And while I’m part of the 53%, I’m still part of the 99% that has no seat at the political table, my voice is not heard and my concerns are not addressed.   And the 1% can still buy a seat at the table to sell my job overseas for less, destroy my savings, take what I own, and then force me to pay for it.  And more importantly, I’m blind with rage that a corporation is considered more human than I am when it comes to getting help, and a non entity when it comes to being punished for it’s crimes.
I am the 53%, and all but 1% of us still are the 99%, and I’m still not a corporation.

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  •  Nonsequitur (1+ / 0-)
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    bronte17
    I’m willing to pay more taxes, and I put my money where my mouth is on this I donate to charities

    Putting your money where your mouth is would be donating to government, not to charities. So forget those women's shelters and food banks; Uncle Sam takes checks. I'm sure your state and municipality do, too.

    I joined this site determined to do only one thing: answer questions. I will not preach or lecture or even point out glaring inaccuracies where I see them.

    by Morticia on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 09:31:22 PM PDT

  •  "I've got mine, fuck you." (1+ / 0-)
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    bronte17

    I like the system that has worked for me even as it has devastated the rest of the world in the process.

    Congratulations, you have become a proficient gatekeeper.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 09:53:23 PM PDT

    •  Snark or did you even read the Diary? (4+ / 0-)
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      sidnora, xylonjay, Zack from the SFV, JL

      If it was snark you failed, if it wasn't it was a Dickish reply.

      -6.25 -7.08 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be. If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

      by Unit Zero on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 05:57:44 AM PDT

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  •  If corporations are people... (2+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, duufus

    Can people be corporations?

    The argument is that people make up corporations, but that's overshooting the question.

    Let's reduce the plurality to to a single person...

    If a corporation has personhood, can a person (singly) have the reverse?

    Random meandering thoughts...

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 10:31:06 PM PDT

    •  If people make up Corps, then can the neighborhood (0+ / 0-)

      Bowling Team be a People. Or any organization for that matter? Can a school be a People? They are all groups of like minded people.

      I belong to a bridge club. Are we a People?

      Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:35:04 AM PDT

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      •  On a lesser scale than having 'INC'... (2+ / 0-)
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        xylonjay, auapplemac

        behind the name, yep...

        IS each group of people, 'a person' with it's on rights?

        How far is this personhood going to be taken.  

        .inc
        .llc

        why isn't a partnership in business a person?

        your bridge club referenced

        how about various fan clubs

        I mean, give in inch... how far are we gonna go...

        Corporate personhood is a scam in my book.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 06:33:04 AM PDT

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  •  brilliant (0+ / 0-)

    lets all become corporations
    knowing we can never be gaoled for anything....
    can only go broke(maybe)would love some of that corporate welfare coming my way...
    it would expose the fiction of corporate personhood
    for what it is    
    a corporation cant be gaoled and neither can shareholders
    regardless of the offence

    the 1% get some  respect for
    pulling of the  biggest coup in history
    without consent of real people
    supreme court stopped counting as humans long ago
    they are nuthing but the security guards for the 1 %

  •  Welcome to the 99%. (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, Unit Zero

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