Occupy Wall Street. We’ve already seen those three words all over the place, including this blog. But what’s been wrong with these posts? The misconception of the 1% being separate from the 99%. Even though it is true that the top 1% pays 37% of federal income taxes, the real number we should look at is the estimation that only 53% actually pay federal income taxes.
Read that last sentence over again. Only 53% pay federal income taxes.
That’s a shockingly low number. The occupy wall street protesters are angry with the Government’s leniency towards the top 1%, but what about the leniency towards a whopping 47%? No wonder the protests aren’t in front of government buildings. Many of the protesters are receiving benefits from the government as part of the 47%, but they don’t want to share those benefits with the minuscule group that pays 37% of income taxes, trying to make up for the 47%. The selfishness and individualism Morone speaks of in the “Democratic Wish” is largely evident in the protesters, who lack unity, and instead put forth their own personal opinions for their own personal gain. They are also speaking for a large amount of the population who doesn’t necessarily agree with them. They’re making it seem that they’re on the verge of a breakthrough, and major change, but it’s really just a small population of people, not the 99%. Protesting in front of government buildings would most likely expose this less-dramatic picture of 53 vs. 47, but making it a 99 v. 1 makes it far more powerful. Although I don’t doubt that there are many protesters who belong in the 53%, or even a handful who are part of the 1%, but thankfully many members of the 53% are stepping forward in opposition of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
In this article, including the picture, the 53% are becoming more vocal, more visible, and as a result, it fractures the already fractured Occupy movement. Protesters already lacked unity, but a change of perspective towards the 1% v. 99% picture could help kill the movement and put an end to it, seeing as it doesn’t appear to be bringing about any change. The real change the movement has brought has been news clogging, funny pictures with people holding funny signs, weird looks from people walking by, traffic, and a non-overwhelming amount of frustration for people who sympathize with them.
There is now a blog dedicated to the 53%, just like the one for the so-called 99%:
And here’s a response to it:
The 1% tends to talk about the burden of making up for the people who don’t pay any federal income taxes, but the citizens who are in the 53% but on the lower end of it are feeling the true burden of picking up an astonishing 47%. The 53% feels as though the protesters are trying to speak for them, but doing so without the blessing or support of a large amount of the 53%.
In addition to trying to represent the “99%”, the protesters paint a picture of the top 1%, and even the top 10% that they all were given those jobs, those opportunities, those positions without earning them. Even though that may be the case for some of the top earners, but in many occasions, those positions have come as a result of hard-work, dedication, intelligence, and some luck. It’s time for the Occupy Wall Street movement to finally fade away, as it is the wrong approach to bring change.