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The Data Behind the Occupy Movement

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Posted on Nov 16, 2011
The Guardian

Do the Occupiers know what they’re talking about when they chant, “We are the 99 percent!”? With a quick animation, The Guardian breaks down the key economic data representing the conditions that have brought thousands of the disempowered and discontented into the streets all across the country.

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By Ken Cunningham, November 19, 2011 at 12:18 am Link to this comment
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So what?  Last time I checked, we have a market economy in the U.S. and people are allowed to pursue the American Dream of getting rich.  Why are people like Mr. Fish making it a crime to have wealth? What would our country be like without wealthy people?  Answer: Afghanistan.  China.  Laos.

If you are unhappy with your level of income, do something about it, don’t just whine and b_tch.  And when I say do something, I mean something constructive, like get an education, take some training, put your resume together and get a better job, or use your imagination and make a better mousetrap.  There is no law preventing you from making a decent living or even striking it rich. But there are laws against taking over and occupying a park or a street, not to mention all the other lawlessness that has been going on in these OWS venues.

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By Tony, November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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This has some bad facts. There are way more than 7,000
millionaires. Probably a couple million of them. If
this fact is wrong, there are bound to be more.

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By gerard, November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

Peel back the edges and it’s even worse than we thought!  How can any ratiional person believe that such an imbalance can endure? And how can any humane person continue to uphold it?  The minus 1% must be terminally insane.

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By Alison Rowland-Ciszek, November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks.  I read this website almost every day.

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