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Attention Protestors..You're Probably Part of the 1%

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Rocketman1981, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

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    They cherry-picked photos from a population of 95 people who make over $500k from the 984 protestors arrested. I didn't think it was worth my time to see the houses of a subset of a subset of a subset.

    Besides that, I'm glad some wealthy people are out protesting with everyone else and forsaking their self-interest to do what they think is just. I'm not even sure what angle this article is trying to take. Their protests don't matter because they aren't victims of the system? If anything, I would think their protest carries more weight since it is born from principles of social justice and not from personal self-interest.

    Before you even say it, please don't come back with the 'they can pay more if they want to' weaksauce like we got from the Warren Buffet article's hubbub.
     
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  2. Rashmon

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    Wait, so first the wingnuts deride the protesters as jobless, and now complain that the protesters can afford to pay mortgages and rent?

    Seems like these protesters, and more chillingly, the non-protesters who support them, are much more than meets the eye.

    "In time we hate that which we often fear."
     
  3. Major

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    Totally shocking that when you're talking about 99% of the population, there would be some people with big houses in that group.
     
  4. rhadamanthus

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    Still fitting, over 2 years later:

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  5. shipwreck

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    Man if only there were a way to bring in more revenue. I have no idea where to get that kind of money.... OH WAIT. Repeal the Bush Tax Cuts. That's $44B in potential revenue.
     
  6. rimrocker

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    Of course, the driving force for the protesters and those that sympathize with them is not class warfare, hatred of the rich, jealousy, Communism, Socialism, disgust with being a "loser" or any of those things. It's the way the current system has been rigged to set up results that are not just and not based on merit and hence, unAmerican. We currently live and work in a rigged casino game and ultimately what people want is a more just system where the rules are comprehensible to everyone and cheaters don't profit and use those profits to corrupt the business of the people.

    But everyone knows this already... even the lumpen Tories who are feverishly throwing out anything that might bring discredit on the protests.
     
  7. basso

    basso Contributing Member
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    to fix the system, they should be protesting in DC, not on WS.
     
  8. rimrocker

    rimrocker Contributing Member

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    Who's being naive Kay?
     
  9. justtxyank

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    The real power in this country is in the elected officials, not the financial power base!
     
  10. rimrocker

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    The real power is with the people. Those two you mentioned above never forget that, but the people rarely remember.
     
  11. justtxyank

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    I don't think it's that people forget, I think it's that the majority of Americans are too lazy/uniformed/disinterested to bother exercising the power they might have.
     
  12. juicystream

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    I was there for Occupy Miami. Immediately following their Occupy Wall Street march, they had another protest about something else. These people were mostly hippies in their 20s.

    If anybody was disconnected, it was the people in that Occupy Miami.
     
  13. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Love Tesla, ionizing the atmosphere for free electricty? Brilliant !

    DD
     
  14. Rocketman1981

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    "We Make a lot..but we spend a lot" Patrick Ewing.
     
  15. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost not wrong
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    I'm pretty sure there's broken parts of both.
     
  16. JuanValdez

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    I'm pretty sure the only way the protests bother Wall St bankers is insofar as they may influence politicians to make unfavorable policy decisions. They don't have any lattitude to not maximize shareholder value. That said, you don't need to be in DC for the politicians to notice you might not vote for them. They have televisions.
     
  17. basso

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    do you honestly think $44B is enough to finance free electricity for every american?
     
  18. DaDakota

    DaDakota If you want to know, just ask!

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    Just get rid of the tax breaks that the electricity companies get....didn't one of them make 4.5B last year and didn't pay any taxes?

    DD
     
  19. basso

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    and eliminating these tax breaks will provide sufficient revenue to provide free electricity for all americans?

    could you show me the math on this?
     
  20. RedRedemption

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    We can put that money into making the energy grid more efficient. Therefore making an investment on a long-term project that will be come to be exponentially beneficial fiscally... compared to just dicking around and waiting.

    There is no quick fix solution. There is a problem that needs to be addressed. Politicians suck.

    And Basso. Seriously? Are you really still supporting the Bush tax cuts? Come on man...
     

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