Letters from the Lunar Outpost

The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
- Carlyle, Scottish Author and Philosopher (1795-1881)

Hey OWS, You're Targeting the Wrong 1%

Is it any wonder the MSM loves them so?

The Occupy Movement talks a lot about the 1% and the 99%, but the fact is, they’re targeting the wrong 1%.

Most of OWS puts the blame on Capitalism itself, the “banksters” and those greedy CEOs out to make ungodly amounts of money. You’ll find many Occupiers speaking about corporations putting “profits over people”, apparently oblivious to the fact that a large majority of the 99-percent are deeply invested in the stock market, either directly or through retirement accounts & mutual funds and the success of the investments of the 99% requires those greedy CEOs and board members to focus on company profits as their number one responsibility to the shareholders.

For all the Commies and Socialists coming out of the woodwork at these protests, blaming Capitalism is a joke. You want to talk income disparity, just look at the disparity between Capitalist countries and everything else that’s been tried on the face of the Earth. (Fun fact for the day: the poorest 5% of Americans are richer than nearly 70% of other people in the world.)

It also doesn’t make any sense to blame a banker or a business person for taking the bailouts or loopholes that were there for the taking any more than you would blame a regular tax payer of the 99% variety for trying to make use of all the tax breaks and deductions available to them.

We can’t even blame bankers or business people for lobbying the politicians, because you know that you and I both would do some lobbying in our own self-interests if we had the means to do it as well. (And ask yourself, did it ever stop a state union from lobbying hard for bigger pensions and better benefits every year even when it’s obvious that it’s more than the tax base can afford, that the pensions and benefits are bringing about levels of spending that are unsustainable and that they’re pushing the entire state into bankruptcy?)

There’s only one target OWS should be focusing their anger on and that’s the 1% in Congress and the White House, the 1% who make the rules, the 1% who dole out billions of dollars in stimulus funds to their biggest campaign donors, the 1% who have created an entire system where even an honest person could get elected, go to Washington and in only a of couple years probably find themselves corrupted to the point of selling out their ideals and whoring out their votes just like everyone else in D.C.

Businesses and business leaders making more money than you and I can possibly comprehend are not the problem, because no one from Apple is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to buy that latest version of the iPhone.

You want change? Stop wasting your time hating the rich and march against the government which makes the rules, or even better, stop justifying shantytown takeovers of public places by imagining you’re making a difference carrying signs around for an hour or two and instead, start talking about specific laws that need to be changed, ways in which the political system needs to be reformed and the kind of candidates we need to find to replace the current ruling elites in Congress and the White House.

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11 Responses to Hey OWS, You’re Targeting the Wrong 1%

  • Well, I was going to wait until later, but I have a rather concise conclusion about your article, bro. It’s seems you have the impression that #OWS is all about anti-capitalism, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I think from everything I have seen it is a combination of a few things. The fact that the deck is stacked against the poor and disenfranchised is at the core of things (keep in mind I speak for myself, and what *I* think ought to be the concerns, and I could be leaving a LOT out since I’m a layman just using common sense and 3 semesters of community college). The poorest people have no voice at all in our government anymore, no matter what size it is. It’s the “inequality of prosecution”, too, if I can coin a phrase. When a poor woman who results to shoplifting to feed her kid(s) gets 5-10 years and a banker who helps crash the economy, steals from his clients and investors and board members and stockholders, and doesn’t even get a summons to court, that’s the inequality that makes people march.

    Nobody hates the rich, it’s like this; “I do not envy bankers and brokers because they have more money than I do anymore than I envy rapists because they get laid more than I do” – Donald Heller

    That’s the perspective for me. Now to touch on another thing, I think we agree that Washington is so filthy rotten to it’s core that there is little hope to most of us. The Lobbyists and Think Tanks and Special Interest lobby, along with the SCOTUSs’ determination that Corporations are People and can contribute unlimited money for elections, have stopped the true intent and purpose of democracy! We have no hope of getting anything done for the 99% unless our voice is heard, and EVERY LAST ONE OF THE ASSHOLES IN WASHINGTON are doing nothing but hob-nobbing with their rich banker friends and selling us ALL down the river.

    I can’t go on much longer having worked a 10 hour shift on the phone bank today, and I still need to eat. I just wanted to touch on that one point though, mainly. It’s not that we despise rich people, we just hate when they have the power to, at the same time, rig the game against us!

    Peace!

  • Appreciate your taking the time to reply. I think we agree on more than we disagree . . .

    — you have the impression that #OWS is all about anti-capitalism, and that couldn’t be further from the truth —

    I think the Marxists were a somewhat small minority in the beginning, but with each passing week, there are more people with lives to live bailing out and more people protesting and setting up camp who can be classified as professional protesters, full-time agitators and people with nothing else to do, so I do see far more of a Socialist or Anarchist influence with a heavy dose of SEIU thrown in.

    — The poorest people have no voice at all in our government anymore —

    If they want a voice in government, don’t go yelling at Wall Street, scream at the elected officials.

    — “I do not envy bankers and brokers because they have more money than I do anymore than I envy rapists because they get laid more than I do” – Donald Heller —

    Funny quote on the surface, but there’s a reason rape is far worse than theft or plunder, and if a banker is thieving or plundering, it’s far more likely they’re doing it completely legally instead of somehow getting away with breaking the law. Again, blame the laws and the lawmakers.

    — We have no hope of getting anything done for the 99% unless our voice is heard, and EVERY LAST ONE OF THE ASSHOLES IN WASHINGTON are doing nothing but hob-nobbing with their rich banker friends and selling us ALL down the river. —

    Indeed, we do agree on that. From there, it becomes a strategy of tactics. You say, “Nobody hates the rich” but from what I see, the vast majority of Occupy Wall Street, from targeting Wall Street itself (ironic because it’s where so many of the 99% are employed) to every sign you’ll read, almost all of it is hating on the rich. “Eat the rich” and signs saying with pride that “This is what class warfare looks like”, the vast majority of the movement is aimed at hating on the rich and not punishing the president and lawmakers who have pushed bailouts and cronyism to new levels.

  • I LIKE your blog, Mike! To my mind, your comments are to the point and correct.

  • It’s hard to beleive that they even call themselves the 99% when they are only 2% or so of the population, if that. Being called the 99% would mean 99% of the population which they are not.

    Then there is the 10% of the 2% that commit the crimes. The other 90% of the 2% do not have a clue of what’s going on now.

    They had a mission when they started. Now they have fallen into a pit of dismay.

    • I agree, I think when they started it, the OWS crowd was more representative of your average Americans, and they raised some legitimate points. I think all those people had to go back home and get back to their lives. Now they’ve been replaced mostly with a crowd of full-time protesters, a crowd of people hatin’ on the rich who don’t think anything about America is good, agitators who believe the system doesn’t need reform but to be torn down completely.

      • Sometimes i wonder why. I was stationed in Germany in 1983-1986 when the wall was still up. I have talked to the older Germans that went through the Nazi area. The majorty hated the party but some were sympathetic.

        Most of the people i have talked to that lived in a scosialitic country fled becasue of freedom.

        Pardon my spelling.

        • It’s amazing how ignorant of history these kids are with their Che Guevara t-shirts. You want to talk about a perfect scientific experiment played out in the real world, in Germany, you had one people sharing the same culture and starting from a zero – a country that was decimated at the end of WWII – and one went Capitalist, one went Commie. Same people. Same culture. Things flourished over on the Capitalist side and things were so miserable over on the Communist side they had to put up a wall just to keep the people in and it was so bad the people of East Germany were willing to risk their very lives to make it over the Wall and into the West.

          How anyone could be so ignorant of history to not understand how Socialism failed the real world test in both Germany and Korea, it boggles the mind. What the hell are they teaching our kids in school, anyways?

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