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.