I Am NOT The 99 Percent [Pic]

Submitted by: auburnjunky 6 years ago in

This girl has it figured out. Take this Occupy Wall Streeters.
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Male 1,016
I would like to see a poll done with those protesters to see how many actually vote in all available elections or are even able/allowed to.
I know lots of young people who refuse to vote and their excuse is ...all politicians are crooks and liars...my response is you don`t vote you don`t get to complain. An X is your ticket to complain ...you can vote for everyone on the ballot and thus ruining the ballot but you exercised you right to have a say.
People are dying for the right to vote !!!!!
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Male 1

How did you choose the life you were born into? And your ancestors? You avoided child abuse and neglect in your formative years. You weren`t dropped on your head. You should write a book for the rest of us. I always wish I`d made better decisions from the womb.

You are the 99 percent. Dick.

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Female 1
This girl is an idiot. She makes minimum wage, so therefore she IS the 99%, whether she likes it or not.
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Male 5
I don`t know how the whole scholarship thing works (I`m European after all), but isn`t that like.. free money from someone else? So practically he didn`t pay 90% of his fees? He seems to miss the entire point of Occupy thing anyways (as are most of the people doing it as well).

I`m sure most intelligent people knows both political and financial systems are all drated up. But he`s still doing better than most, not taking loans and not trying to live "better" than you can afford.
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Male 29
Notice the 2 scholarships paid for 90% of her tuition, thats why she`s not in debt. I hope she likes living within her means because it`s going to stay that way for her. Maybe she should learn something about how capitalism works. This line between the rich and poor will do nothing but get bigger and bigger, until the people at the bottom have so little that they have no choice but to revolt. This is what is happening, so save the "I live within my means" bull$hit because you have no idea how the real world works.
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Male 132
here here kbubb
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Male 89
thats like being, i want bragging rights for suffering and getting absolutely nothing. i dont eat out and my life sucks.
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Male 2,424
omg it makes sense! one star one star!
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Male 1,083
he/she should really think about getting a credit card.
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Male 132
Everybody`s saying a medical emergency will put the writer on the streets, but a flat tire could do that just as easily if their buffer is as thin as they are claiming

Cracked - 5 things nobody tells you about being poor

Also, considering the job market right now, they are probably not going to get a well paying job for a few years. And when they do, it will probably not be in the field they studied.
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Male 530
(isn`t that the same handwriting (and paper) the person with the black fingernails had? And didn`t that person had a totally different background?)

I agree with the fact that a credit card doesn`t `give` you oodles of money and you should use it wisely. But i think this person doesn`t pay attention in class.

I would like to hear this person again when the bank that has his or her savings account on it collapses and his or her savings are gone and the government only pays back a percentage of the money that was in the account.

Or, after graduation, finds out that there`s no jobs, has to dig in to the saved money to get by and then ends up on the street because the rent can`t be payed.

Some people don`t willingly get in a bad situation, often the situation around them get them sucked in.
Like a employee who get laid of because his company is mismanaged.
Or a kid with a `it`s all your own fault` sign who has to live on the street because there a
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Female 3,001
she sounds like a really fun person to be around!
/sarcasm.
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Male 2
Totally missing the point of the protest. The protest is about a) the top 1% having far too much control of the government; and b) wall street getting away with being bailed out of a gambling disaster by the government. The first is about democracy and the second (pay close attention Republicans) is about fiscal responsibility.
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Female 4,492
clap clap clap.
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Male 4,099
@junkaddy- couldn`t agree more. Wish there were more people like this.
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Female 261
I like the way this girl thinks. Nice to know I`m not the only one who lives the way she does. There are people who are justifiably in debt: major medical emergencies, natural disasters that wiped out their homes, people who have lost their jobs and are in over their heads just trying to keep their families fed and sheltered. But people who complain about being in debt for any other reason, I just want to scream at them and tell them to look at how they`re living and rethink some of their choices.
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Male 525
@Altaru: "It`s called the "You would say that, wouldn`t you?" argument.

It`s an argument that, because of a person`s position or credentials, they would take a certain position in an argument."

Actually, no. You`re not even kind of right--you`re completely wrong.

The argument you described is a kind of ad hominem called "circumstantial ad hominem" and it`s just as fallacious as any other ad hominem.

The simple fact that someone is inclined to take a certain position does not, in any way, violate the integrity of the argument. If you want to refute an argument, you attack the argument; attacking the character of your opponent is NOT an argument. It`s equally fallacious, and it`s not a "special case".
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Male 17
When did being part of the 99% become a decision? Clearly she and most of these paper-wielding amateur economists do not get it.
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Female 3
months in advance, and asked for some assistance. The regional manager replied with "I guess you`re going to have to tell him he can`t take his vacation." After he just took one in the middle of a major crisis for the company? How is that fair? Someone that makes 3x this guy can take a vacation in the midst of utter chaos, but can`t find the time to offer a CASHIER some time off? These "little people" run the stores. They make the company work. They are basically on call if someone doesn`t show up or calls off because they have our staffing allowance stretched so thin we can barely cover what we HAVE to. Tell as a cashier and as a manager, how that`s fair.... at min wage or barely over?
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Female 3
accustom to. I`ve worked at my job for a number of years and make $9/hr as management. The point is for me, I deserve to be paid for the work that I do. Not how much money I want. I work hard for my company and I deserve more that barely over min wage.(min wage here is $8.50.hr) But corp America doesn`t see it that. THAT`S the problem. We are numbers, not people. We are expected to throw everything personal away to make these companies work. They have no regard for the people that make them function. THAT`S the problem. Not the money. We have lives too. Recently, I had a manager quit in my company and their store got dropped on everyone else to handle because the overseer decided he wanted to take a vacation. None of these people have assistant managers because the company doesn`t provide the funds to pay more that $9/hr so no one wants the jobs. A week after the same fellow came back from his vacation, a manager reminded him that someone had requested some time off 3
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Female 3
@Ruffiana I think you have the definitions of psychopathy and sociopathy confused. These people know what`s right and wrong, they just don`t care about anyone but themselves. That`s it. End of story. Doesn`t matter which side of the scale you`re on. Everyone is simply out for more. The only difference is power in say of who gets what. In the end its all about money. Rich people want more, poor people want more, middle people want more. Everyone only wants more. Which isn`t necessarily wrong, the difference is the ease of making it available is. The problem here is the human condition. The need and want to be better and have power. That`s the disgusting part. Why does it matter if you are better than the next person? Or if you have more? It`s all an battle about inequality, but it just boils down to people wanting power and money in the end. Sure, taking advantage of the weak minded is "not right", but that`s just a stereotypical perception we`ve all come accust
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Male 2,419
Uh... too bad you clearly are part of the 99%.
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Male 321
well aren`t you special.
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Male 506
@mr_c_bowler, I know how it`s done. You make money by working hard. You make a LOT of money by taking it from other people. You take advantage of their ignorance, their naivete, their lack of experience and you sqeeze every cent that you legally can, or illegally can without getting caught.

The secret to being wealthy is the ability and willingness to manipulate and take advantage of other human beings.

I personally don`t suffer from psychopathy (unlike a starling number of CEOs), so I cannot do that to other people. Frankly, I`m tired of seeing hard-working Americans villified because they`re unwilling to fall in with the mindset of corporate greed and take from their fellow citizens or the desperation of other nations.
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Male 33
I`m not sure that people are protesting because they don`t want to work.In fact i`m fairly certain many of the protesters would like to work but are not able to because of the poor decisions many corporations made in the way they run there busnisess. In order to keep there profits high they cut labor and they keep there profits high because any there stock will be devalued if they don`t.That pressure is caused by wall street speculation and the way shares can be bought and sold by the thousands without a person even being involved in the process.Wall street reform is what needs to happen.But your probably right its just a bunch of people who don`t want to work and are smelly,smelly hippies
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Male 148
@caption how do you know it`s a girl in the picture?
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Male 303
I think maybe 0.01% of the top 1% are the corrupt people you are talking about. People who make 2 mil a year generally work hard and have taken risks int he past. They are also the most taxed people in the nation.
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Male 299
How about all you protesters try and out-do wall street? Go out there and make all the money using their system, and then give it back to the community.

Oh wait, you can`t. Because like the rest of the 99% you don`t actually know how. Which is the reason they make all the money. BECAUSE THEY WORKED FOR IT!

Most of that 1% have very little life outside of work because they have no time to do anything else. Unlike those wasting time protesting
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Male 2,855
Actually she IS the 99%, its not about debt, its about salary, she doesnt have an ipad because shes earns very little money, compared to the 1%, compared to the various decades
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Male 3,482
[quote]And if everybody got into those cheaper universities, would not people hiring prefer those who came from universities of "higher class"?[/quote]
They already do.

If she were competing for a job with someone who took the same major and achieved the same grades at another, more prestigious school, then she`d be SOL and JWF.
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Female 127
Why are so many Americans such pussies? They`ve spent too much time being coddled and kushed that they don`t know what it`s like to really suffer.
Shut up, hippies. Try having ambition and maybe you wouldn`t be so down and out. Losers.
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Male 3,482
[quote]If the 99% had their way, she wouldn`t need the scholarships, she wouldn`t be making minimum wage, and the school would have given her an iPad.[/quote]
Okay, so, the first two are sort of okay, but that last one is beyond excessive and is why people are hating on the OWS protesters.
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Male 559
If the 99% had their way, she wouldn`t need the scholarships, she wouldn`t be making minimum wage, and the school would have given her an iPad. I feel sorry for her that she`s bought into a system intent on making her work hard for others` gains. But that`s her decision.
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Male 1,016
I would like to see a poll done with those protesters to see how many actually vote in all available elections or are even able/allowed to.
I know lots of young people who refuse to vote and their excuse is ...all politicians are crooks and liars...my response is you don`t vote you don`t get to complain. An X is your ticket to complain ...you can vote for everyone on the ballot and thus ruining the ballot but you exercised you right to have a say.
People are dying for the right to vote !!!!!
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Male 51
Then you have an unexpected medical expense and become thousands of dollars in debt.
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Male 40,266

She`s making out like she earned her free education. "90% grant".

1% are rich.
98% are screwed.
1% are screwed people who got lucky.
She got lucky.
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Male 508
@Ffoulkes Just because the slave accepts the yolk, doesn`t make her better than those that would prefer freedom now does it?
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Male 39
No, no...she`s a future 54%er...as in those who pay the taxes so all you whiners can sit back and complain that it is someone else`s fault.
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Male 1
You`re not paying ALL your expenses working 30 hrs a week at just above minimum wage. Please stop making up stories.
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Male 3,372
Typical of the right-wing "as long as it doesn`t affect me, I`m not going to worry about it" mentality.
Wall Street and other corporate interests essentially buy our politicians off and this apathetic loser doesn`t give a damn. How sad.
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Male 3,477
"Good"... says the puppet masters. We want to feed you all raimen noodles. So we can starve and tax you. No credit card? No new car? Or iphone? You are ruining the economy!
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Male 159
if everybody lived like you, would everybody get those scholarships?
And if everybody got into those cheaper universities, would not people hiring prefer those who came from universities of "higher class"?



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Male 2,528
She`s a 99 percenter in denial.
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Female 335
My question is, what is her major? And did she get a two year degree?

Most students I know of who are in Engineering or Sciences don`t have time to work 30+ hrs a week

If she actually is female, I`m going to say she was probably a nursing student. I could have don`t that myself, but that`s not my thing.

I am in debt after I graduated, but guess what? I can actually get a job in my field. I went for 6 years instead 4 because of my transfer wasn`t very smooth.

My yearly salary will pay for it all in 3 years Even though I went to a private collage and got a B average. And yes, that`s includes money for me to live on. Below my means yes, but I can survive.
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Male 1,735
@nospoons , she`s wearing a dress, has girly hands, and is wearing a bracelet.
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Male 2,220
What is this? I-am-boring?
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Male 987
There`s the 99% who are the OWS protesters. Then there`s the 1% who are the one`s they are protesting. Then there`s the rest of us, the 91%, who have jobs, pay our bills, pay our taxes, and support the other 100%.
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Male 237
What an irritating bit.ch
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Male 27
nice try wall street...
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Female 385
I`m fairly certain that once they graduate they`ll be singing a different tune. They will have no experience to get a job in their field, and will be over-qualified and thus passed on by any crappier jobs. They will be crapped on by the system, like all the rest of us.
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Male 184
how did everyone decide it was a she?
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Male 4,902
@mcboozerilla, "The minimum wage hasn`t been raised in over a decade".

The federal minimum wage in the U.S. was last raised on July 24, 2009 to $7.25 an hour, as of 2010. This was the last step of a three-step minimum wage increase that went into effect in 2007. Stick to European politics because you obviously have no clue what you`re talking about.

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Male 330
A year from now....I am a college graduate....would you like fries with that?
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Male 15,832
Marry me!
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Male 10,440
She`s money-wise, I`ll give her that.

Two problems though, she ain`t rich, so she IS a part of the 99%. Nothing wrong with that though, it`s just a statistic. No one can "choose not to be in the 99%", that`s stupid.

You say she was referring to "personal debt"? I say, I`m in a similar position to her, about to graduate far in the green, yet I still support the protest. It`s not just about personal debts.

And if you think this is an American thing only, think again. These protests are spreading everywhere. They`ll be in Toronto soon.

I don`t know if I want that. It`s like I agree, but the fact that it`s there means people are unhappy, which I don`t want to accept. It`s too close.
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Female 2,549
He/ she does not get it. All that scholarship education has not taught her that the deck is stacked against people exactly like her.
Work your butt off all you like, you will still be grasping in your old age for a life with dignity. While people who make money from money will toss your share of money in fire when it gets too hot.
This is about regulation and oversight of an industry that has strung up the entire economy, why is it so hard to understand?
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Female 64
great. when you graduate will you have a good job, one you`ve trained for? if so, mazel tov. if not, will you still feel so superior? i think not.
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Male 3,482
And while I`m here, I`d like to throw something M_Archer`s way from the last post like this, the one with the 13-year-old girl...

Archer, there`s a special exception to the "Ad Hominem" fallacy that works against the argument by targeting the position or credentials of the individual themselves.

It`s called the "You would say that, wouldn`t you?" argument.

It`s an argument that, because of a person`s position or credentials, they would take a certain position in an argument.

For example, a business executive`s immediate reply to claims that he had stolen millions from the company would be "no, I would never do that." Whether he had or not, would you take his word?

Or if someone with absolutely no musical background were to make claims about a classical composition. How seriously would you take their opinion?
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Male 663
This isn`t what the protest is about at all. What a hoe.
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Male 2,841
She has a brain, get her!
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Male 10,338
"The minimum wage hasn`t been raised in over a decade"

The minimum wage was raised by more than 2 dollars 3 years ago.
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Male 3,482
(IAB REALLY needs an "edit post" button...)
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Male 3,482
[quote]but if she has a degree in a technical field I bet she can easily find a job.[/quote]
I`ll take you on that bet.

There may be jobs out there for her field, yes, but for every dozen jobs there`s >100 (low-end estimate for simplicity`s sake) students majoring in that field that will be competing for them all. And with a 3.8 GPA I can tell her right now that at least a dozen of them have higher grades and are gonna snatch those jobs up.

Even a good major and "good" grades are no guarantee that you`ll find a job. It just means that you`re more likely to find a job than someone with a bad major.

Hope she`s forming connections while she`s at it. Working 30+ hours a week and having to study hard can kill a social life, and those connections are just as important as grades in college.

On a related note: how are translation and interpreting jobs looking recently? Because I`ve been thinking about majoring in foreign languages...
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Male 646
And why is there a minimum wage and public schools?

The minimum wage hasn`t been raised in over a decade and funding for public schools is under attack. This bitch is just another person who takes advantage of the system and then arrogantly says they`re self-made.
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Male 3,482
And the sh*t rolls down-hill, too.

With the knowledge that doctor`s will make big money in the future (since they can charge whatever they want, with insurance covering what the people can`t afford), combined with the ability to get all these loans from banks, the college that taught the doctor his trade can charge some obscene fee.

Any company that "creates" money, even if it is "backed" by the people having to pay it all back "eventually" (credit card companies and the like) is, in the end, contributing to the rising cost of living.

Because it`s natural for someone who actually provides a product or service to raise their cost when they know there`s more money available.

If all your clientele were millionaires, you`d charge them higher than if all your clients were Mexicans living in dirt-floor shacks, right? It`s the reason LA and New York are so much more expensive to live in than, say, Bellfontaine, Ohio.
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Male 546
Let`s hate her.... she doesn`t conform to our ideals!
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Male 3,482
And I just have a problem with people who do loans and insurance and all that anyway.

When they just pull money out of thin air like they do, it allows the groups that receive that money to raise their prices because they know the people that want their services (or need their services) are able to get the money.

Think about it: What did doctors accept before there were insurance companies? They worked for what people had. A person paid them in some form, and the doctor did the work they requested. If the person couldn`t afford at that moment, then something would be set up.

Then insurance companies come along, and the doctors know that, no matter what they charge, it`s going to be covered at least partially by the insurance.

So now the doctors can charge outrageous rates just to peek their heads in and tell say "you`re fine, go home."

Because they know the money`s out there somewhere.
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Male 3,482
I think another problem people might (at least, I personally) have with the corporations is...

They`re shipping our jobs out to China because it`s cheaper to produce goods over there, so they save money.

But they`re raising OUR cost of living here in America because they want to make even MORE money.

Does anyone else see a problem with this? Anyone?

Henry Ford became incredibly successful because he made sure that his workers, at least, could afford his products.

Among other factors, of course. But the point is still there.
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Male 95
I like how everyone acts like there is no way she will find a job. But really that all depends on her major. If she has a crap major like art or English then they are probably right, but if she has a degree in a technical field I bet she can easily find a job.
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Female 1,324
The people who think it`s a choice just piss me off to no end. If it was a choice it wouldn`t be "the 1%" vs. "the 99%". Everyone would be part of the elite if it was a choice. Some people work hard all their lives, go to school, and still can`t get proper jobs. Sure there are stories of people rising from nothing to something but still...
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Female 2,674
"Even though they produced that wealth, they should be sacrificed to other people? "
Like every single person in the country, a portion of their wealth should be used to benefit the country, yes. Not all of it, not even the majority of it.

"It`s not for the elite few--it`s for people that can afford it."
It`s currently not for the elite few, maybe I`m misunderstanding but you seem to be saying that those of us who NEED financial aid to go shouldn`t be able to go. Without financial aid, I couldn`t afford it. A good amount of current college students also couldn`t afford it without financial aid. I believe college should be available to everyone who wants to go because an educated society is more productive than an uneducated society. But at least currently there are options to help less privileged people, and even more options for those of us who are good students.
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Male 508
LOL Apparently that education is being wasted because it`s obvious she has no comprehension of what being the 1% means.

Whatever percent incorporates denial...that`s where she`s squatting.
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Male 27
Isn`t she basically proving the Ocupy Wall Street movement`s point? She has no commodities and barely any money plus a minimum wage job where she works her ass off. While the rich guys do nothing and get a ton of money
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Male 1,216
The point is that she shouldn`t do this to live decently. It would be more comfortable and beneficial to live in the wild and hunt animals.
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Male 525
"It should not be something for only the elite few. Fewer people going to college makes for a worse society in the long run, anyway."

It`s not for the elite few--it`s for people that can afford it. I wouldn`t say that computers, iPhones, cars, shirts and socks are only for "the elite few".

Even so, I don`t see any other way. Surely, you`re not suggesting other people be forced to pay for it?
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Male 525
@LillianDulci:"isn`t America supposed to be a place where people can work their way up from being the poorest of poor to being well off?"

America is a place where people are entitled to the money they make. You can only become well off if you work for it; if you`re incompetent, you won`t be well off.

"Corporations need to pay their fair share like everyone else and stop getting breaks when they are rich enough and don`t need those breaks, because it ultimately harms the average American while filling the pockets of the mega rich."

So now you`re telling people that they`re not entitled to the money they make? Even though they produced that wealth, they should be sacrificed to other people?

You`re talking as if wealth is a static quantity i.e. if there are rich people, they`re somehow hurting other people. Wealth isn`t static--it`s created; just because someone else gets rich, doesn`t mean you can`t.
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Male 68
These people completely miss the point.
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Male 79
this has nothing to do with things getting handed to you for nothing..it has everything to do with greed and corruption. congrats, you have a job. woopdi do. i do too. down with the NWO
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Female 2,674
madest, are those people in the majority? I`m not saying 100%, obviously there are special cases where it`s not true. But if a normal person wants to make a good amount of money, they have a much much much better chance if they go to college. If college is restricted to only the elite few who can afford it, most people aren`t going to magically become millionaires.
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Male 434
Hipster.
I was saving money for the future before it was cool to save money for the future.
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Male 7,378
[quote]I wasn`t talking about people who being fine and happy with being poor or middle class, but rather people having the ability to go from being poor to being well off, which requires college for the most part.[/quote]
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I understand what you`re saying, but you`re wrong. The guy that owns that plumbing company in your town probably never spent a minute in college. He`s also a millionaire. Same with the Electrical contracting owner, HVAC owner. You can even become an architect without going to college. There`s lots of ways to riches that don`t require a degree.
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Male 526
Anybody that thinks that wealth has nothing to do with luck is living under a rock. A hard-worker can be unlucky and get screwed by a couple of greedy `fat-cats`, and a lazy person can get extremely lucky and stumble into a business idea that nets them 100K a year.
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Male 315
Everytime I see one of these people it angers me. They act as if ALL the unemployed out there are sitting on their asses doing nothing and thats why they are unemployed. Congratulations, you have a job. But there are so few out there right now that equally qualified people who tried just as hard if not more than you are still unemployed cause the jobs just don`t exist. Before the recession your argument was valid, but now having a job involves just as much luck as it does being qualified.
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Female 1,095
I`m so tired of this entire ordeal. Seeing these stupid images all over the place pisses me off. Not everyone has the same god damn story, who the drat cares if you label yourself as the 99% or not Jesus H. Christ.
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Male 101
i know people in their 60`s who cant retire because the economy bankrupted their 401k`s or lost jobs because companies downsized. lost homes, cant support families, worked hard their whole lives, but you know, it was their choice to be at their job for 30+ years only to be laid off because the company cant support paying them. i hope this c.u.n.t dies
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Female 2,674
"But college isn`t a necessity. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both prove that."
Quoting myself: College is, in most cases, a necessity for that to happen [of course there are anomalies, people with brilliant idea who are fortunate enough to become well off with only a high school degree].

I already touched on that point in the reply you`re replying to.

"Besides the world needs construction workers and trash truck drivers as well."
Quoting myself: from being the poorest of poor to being well off

I wasn`t talking about people who being fine and happy with being poor or middle class, but rather people having the ability to go from being poor to being well off, which requires college for the most part.
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Female 1,682
Well damn, what 2 scholarships did she get? I`d love to know the names of them...I mean, even with scholarships, and grants and one student loan I have stuff to pay for (and I go to a pretty cheap University).
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Male 3,745
"Probably the reason she got those scholarships is because she was poor. There`s no way you get 90% of your tuition paid for being a good student."

you can get more than one scholarship or grant not to mention there are scholarships that will give you a full ride through college. being poor has nothing to do with it. im happy that she is happy but im pissed that she thinks that she had a choice in the matter. the point of my earlier post was that unexpected things can happen and things can go from god given to poo drated in .000000001 seconds flat...
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Male 146
@SmilinSam
What exactly do these “corporate rich take from the American people”. Those companies and the jobs they provide along with the goods and services they consume to keep their companies working are accountable for the majority of the US tax revenue. The ones who are taking are the entitlement crowd who do want something for nothing. One of their demands is a $20/ hr living wage just for being alive.
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Male 7,378
For the most part Lillian I agree with you. But college isn`t a necessity. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both prove that. Besides the world needs construction workers and trash truck drivers as well. A good life can be had without college if you find your niche.
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Female 803
Good for her. Really, I mean it. I was a great student in high school and didn`t get jack sh*t in the form of a scholarship. I didn`t get any grants because I`m juuuuust above that level, and my financial aid barely covers anything. Pretty sure that`s typical college life here.
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Male 1,449
@SmillinSam: Welcome to a free society and the Laws of Supply and Demand.
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Male 469
Probably the reason she got those scholarships is because she was poor. There`s no way you get 90% of your tuition paid for being a good student.
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Male 3,745
well miss thing im sorry that before i could graduate early as a junior and move on to OSU my parents had to move to Anderson Indiana (the worst school system in the whole U.S.) and the staff here wound up making almost have to repeat my senior year...not only that buy anyone who graduates here has vurtualy NO chance of getting into college out of state without first going to a technical college for at LEAST 2 years. not to mention that we have NO jobs here and ive been job hunting for the past 4 years...

also you are ABOUT to graduate debt free...wait till after schooling when you want to get a job in whatever you major in...lets see how you fare THEN...
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Female 2,674
M_Archer, isn`t America supposed to be a place where people can work their way up from being the poorest of poor to being well off? College is, in most cases, a necessity for that to happen [of course there are anomalies, people with brilliant idea who are fortunate enough to become well off with only a high school degree]. It should not be something for only the elite few. Fewer people going to college makes for a worse society in the long run, anyway.

However, that`s not the reason corporations need to be taxed more, and that`s not all that these protests are about. Corporations need to pay their fair share like everyone else and stop getting breaks when they are rich enough and don`t need those breaks, because it ultimately harms the average American while filling the pockets of the mega rich.
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Male 525
@LillianDulci: And somehow, it`s the corporations` fault and they need to be taxed more so the government can uphold people`s god-given right to go to college.

Seriously, though: no one is entitled, or has the right to force anybody to go to college. Hell, not even parents have to pay for their children`s education.

How the world is supposed to work is, like the poster said, is that you have to "work your ass of for everything you have." As opposed to, the Wall Street protestors message, the government robbing from the productive rich to give to people who didn`t earn it nor deserve it.
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Female 3,598
why do all of you people think that the occupiers are lazy people that want to do nothing and get paid for it? the message they are trying to get through to people is that the corporate-rich 1% LIES to you constantly and takes more and more from the american people every year. they have their fingers in nearly everything from government to schooling to your groceries. the occupiers want the OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AND GET PAID FAIRLY FOR THAT WORK. not just what you people seem to think that their attitude is "give me stuff for nothing" they want corporations out of government. they want the banks out of government. they want the people to have the OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED.
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Male 1,054
The math doesn`t add up. She`s hiding something besides her face.
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Male 756
in other words his/her parents paid for his/her schooling...
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Male 7,378
Banks committed fraud by handing out loans without checking on employment or assets. Hedge funds committed fraud by selling toxic assets whilst betting on their failure. AIG committed fraud by insuring these toxic assets and ratings firms committed fraud by rating them AAA. When the cookie started to crumble they turned to their buddies who worked in Washington that got them a big huge chunk of taxpayer cash and they toasted themselves with bonus money.
These people aren`t going to get their college loans paid for but they don`t like being blamed for the nations current fiscal crisis. Grandmas social security didn`t get us here. Medicaid recipients didn`t get us here. Knock yourself out side with Wall St. You have no impact on life here. Not a voice not a vote.
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Male 7
I went to high school, and had a 4.0, was not offered a scholorship. Worked as many hours allowed to me for a minor. Made around 8000 before I went to college. I also had car insurance, had to buy my own used car, had to fix my own used car, had to buy my own gas to commute to school, had to fix my car again, worked more hours, still couldnt afford school, parents moved away, so i had to pay for housing....this person needs to stop acting like she is smarter than everyone else and realize a lot of things fell her way.
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Male 13
this person it what makes the 1% possible, and I know they appreciate it
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Male 1,293
"Live for your neighbors and family. Do a selfless act. Its not hard... ITS TRULY NOT"

Indeed, instead of expecting the government to do it.
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Female 2,674
"If you accept a loan, you know full well what you`re getting into."
Sure, but sometimes people don`t have a choice if they want a degree.

"As you can see, it`s very possible to work minimum wage and put yourself through college without any debts or student loans."
Possible for some, but that`s not an absolute, especially considering how difficult it is to even find a job right now. I know some of my classmates (I`m a computer engineering major but a lot of my classmates are computer science majors) who are trying to both go to school full time and work full time, and they`re not fairing too well and will probably be retaking some of the classes they`re currently in. I know I wouldn`t be able to maintain my gpa if I had to work full time as well. I`m grateful for grant money and scholarships and that I`ve only had to take out a few small loans. I just hope I`m fortunate enough to be able to get a job afterward ^^
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Male 1,293
Madest

I`m uneducated? You are the one writing on the internet and not apparently aware that it is easy to be as well-informed about US politics from Europe as it is from the USA. I`ve known socialists less ignorant than that!

They are protesting corporations. If you read or listen to what they actually say, they make it perfectly clear. That is where you are ill-informed, you don`t seem to have followed the story, you just take the headline.

Oops, you are also ill-informed about the insurance and financial sectors, not realising the vital contribution they make. Not realising that the real non-productive sector is in government at all levels, in the unions and in large sections of academia (even as a proud graduate of the best university in the world I have to admit much of what goes on in universities is ridiculous). If the companies in Wall Stret did not generally produce then they would not be in business. We can agree that the bailout was wrong, but blam
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Male 25,416
wow.. way to long for me to read with my attention span
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Female 67
I have a job and an education and I still disagree with corruption and greed I am the 99% I think people are misunderstanding the situation and the whole point. Do a little research dam* you! Not on the protest but on the corruption and greed of our government. Thousands and thousands are spent on bombs!!!! When people .. thousands of people need food and shelter.. Live for your neighbors and family. Do a selfless act. Its not hard... ITS TRULY NOT
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Female 67
but this person is the 99% dumb *ss
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Male 525
An anti-Occupy Wall Street dissenter who presents an argument more cogent than the thirteen year old earlier. Awesome picture!

If you accept a loan, you know full well what you`re getting into. As you can see, it`s very possible to work minimum wage and put yourself through college without any debts or student loans.

I might take the Wall Street protest more seriously if they differentiated between people who made their wealth through the free market and people who got rich from government handouts. Also, if they just sat back and realized that it`s not a handout to leave corporations alone to make money: that`s freedom and an inalienable human right.
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Female 2,674
"why are they blaming the people who make jobs? "
You mean the people who buy the government to get more tax cuts [harms the average American], less regulations [harms the world including the average American], and other benefits? And then lay off tons of Americans and make new jobs in other countries because it`s cheaper?
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Male 409
Occupy Wall Street is NOT about jobs. It not about wanting a government handout or nanny state. It is not about communism or wealth redistribution. People who claim it is are lying or have been lied to. (Admittedly, there are individuals who want these things, but it is a lie to attribute those feeling to the entire movement.)

It is about how corporations own the government. It is about the very same people who destroyed the economy are still rich and are protected from punishment by our government. It is about how those banks and companies are NOT creating jobs even though they are being given government handouts and tax breaks in the name of creating jobs.
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Male 171
Thing is, he and "the 99%" both want the same thing really.

-Full time jobs for everyone
-2 scholarships for every student so they can graduate debt free (or 90% reduced tuition fees)

Making that happen is part of what ppl are fighting for. Which apparently this guy doesnt understand.
Somehow ppl like him seem to think that the protests are asking for random and/or unreasonable stuff, but what they are asking for is exactly the same thing he got.
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Male 7,378
OK randomxnp, I`ll take your word for it but clearly you`re an uneducated anglophone. They`re not protesting corporations like you like to repeat over and over like Rainman. They`re protesting Wall Street. Yes Wall Street is full of corporations but these corporations don`t produce anything. Nor do the insurance agencies that insured these toxic assets that ruined the economy nor do the ratings agencies that rated the toxic assets AAA. These corporations are Americas enemy. They buy influence and get what they want at the cost of the working man.

OWS is full of individuals. There are people there who believe an invisible man in the sky created everything and controls everything. There are people there who think the Jews and our government were behind 9/11. If you went to their website and learned what they are about you wouldn`t mask nonsense statements as fact smart guy.
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Female 375
Wait... she`s 21 and learnt the answer to life?? Or possibly she`s never had a freaking difficulty in her life and is young and inexperienced and doesn`t get the situation at all.
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Male 1,293
Madest, I am anglophone. I can understand what the people involved are saying and writing as well as you can (or rather better, as I am clearly far more intelligent). They have said just these things, and written just these things. I am not even interpreting, they are not hiding their greed and stupidity.
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Male 1,293
Locke357

So if they can`t get a job, why are they blaming the people who make jobs? Why are they not blaming the government, whose policies destroy jobs, and the unions whose demands destroy jobs?
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Male 1,293
Madest

We all know what OWS is about, they have told us. It is pure greed. They want other people to pay for the things they want but are unwilling to work for. The classic is the guy who simply wanted his student loans cancelled. He could not even articulate why himself, all he said was because he wanted it.
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Male 128
Not everyone can
A) get a full-time job, unemployments high in the US
B) get 2 scholarships
C) maintain a 3.8 GPA


Personal initiative plays a role, yes, but you`re a complete utter fool if you think it`s an even playing field and everyone has the same chance to succeed.
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Male 7,378
"Lemming" is the best you got? That tells me plenty. The major point being you`re not smart enough to understand what OWS is about. If I`m a lemming for OWS then aren`t you a lemming for right-wing, inbred, redneck, closeted homosexual, Teabaggers? I think it does, because there`s no way you`re the 1%...
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Male 608
@cyborg

"`these "make a sigh and disrupt the public good" OWA against the corporations and institutions that give their ipods, cars, shoes, homes, and everything else they have, rallies are really annoying."

Fixed that for ya.
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Male 2,790
these `make a sign then take a picture with your hands` deals against the wall street thing are really annoying
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Male 543
debt is a tool that is necessary in our economy. Responsibly managing debt is the issue.
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Male 177
I got ever scholarship I could for college and will still be over $100k in debt when I graduate this year, and I have a damn good job and is pretty high paying for a college student. He/she got two scholarships and 90% of it was paid? Jeez...
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Male 1,008
"So you blame yourself for credit default swaps? The Wall Street bonus`s paid with TARP money are your fault? Well somebody needs to tell these people to start picketing your house."....Madest if you would get the ows nuts off your chin for a second you might not sound like such a tool all the time, dumbest lemming ever.
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Male 65
2 scholarships you bold faced liar. if you had to pay for all of your schooling you would definately be the 99%
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Male 3,482
I`m not with the OWS people, but I do believe there needs to be more accountability. On both Wall Street AND in the government.

The old saying goes "those that want power the most, are those least deserving of it."

It applies to both politicians and business executives.
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Male 43
@EricWRN Thanks for the comment, I am a bit bitter at the job market and lack of employment but again there`s not much to be done by us other than keep trying i suppose, i spent one of my professional practice year out without finding a single firm that would hire me, seems it was all the friends of friends and thing and unluckily i have no such connections, I am a bit bitter about the general wealth of the students on my course however, where their parents pay for everything. Gives them opportunity`s that are just not accessible to me, such as time or resources to travel. Then again time will come when thier enhirtance is taxed by half etc etc. but alas I ramble

I would like to point out that there are protests everywhere against people working by people who are not. Ok they may be unemployed however their time may be better spent finding a job, or even charity work which actually does may a difference, as apposed to holding a sign they could leave on a stick. Efficiency is n
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Male 590
@madest, what percentage of these protestors do you think lost money to bankers and investment firms due to illegal (or at the very least immoral) trading and investment practices?
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Male 7,378
[quote]I too work hard for what and don`t blame anyone but myself for things that go wrong.[/quote]
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So you blame yourself for credit default swaps? The Wall Street bonus`s paid with TARP money are your fault? Well somebody needs to tell these people to start picketing your house.
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Female 295
I like her attitude. Through hard work and some penny pinching, she will succeed. She doesn`t go out and protest, she works in her spare time, because she`s working towards a better future.
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Male 590
@one47master, i find your disposition admirable, but it really bothers me how many young adults find something they like, realize they might have to work harder than planned or that they might not have a 3000sq ft house or drive a Lexus or get a new iPhone every time it comes out. Suddenly it`s "not fair" and someone should pay for their school and GIVE them a job. Sorry but that`s bullpoo and I applaud you for realizing you might have to struggle for a while to do something you really enjoy.
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Male 472
Wait until she graduates and can`t find a job. Then lets see if her attitude changes.
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Male 313
Saving for the future? When does that begin? Tomorrow? Next week? A year? It`s good to have some rainy day cash available, but don`t not live now because of a future that may not come.
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Male 1,623
Reactionaries everywhere.
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Male 590
hardyhar1088: you mean "human"? Yes, we`re all only seconds away from losing everything. That is the most pointless assertion that I`ve ever heard (and it seems to be growing in popularity). "What if...." Yes, what if. What a drating meteor strikes the planet tomorrow? We should all be entitled to free meteor insurance and a stocked fall-out bunker.
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Male 3,310
Who needs a sleeping bag when you can wrap yourself in victim mentality.
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Male 1,582
I agree with her. I too work hard for what and don`t blame anyone but myself for things that go wrong. It`s called taking responsibility and dealing with the situation even if things seem unfair. Grow up.
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Male 590
you`re right, 40% was a bit generous....

I`ll leave it at >30% and say that being a "top wage earner" in this country isn`t as much income as some people would like to make it seem.

I honestly think part of the problem is that people might make a decent living but the cost of living has been going up rapidly, and somehow without notice.

Either way, this "99%" bullpoo is really irritating. There`s still a huge disparity between the top 10% and the lower 40%. The whole drating 3 ring circus is just about finding a scapegoat to tack all this blame and angst on to. You can`t really get much LESS specific than "the top 1%" and "Wall Street". Meanwhile Obama hired another CEO from a company that has given him and his party millions and millions of dollars (GE). Hopenchange, right? Riiiiiiiight? Oh and lets not forget Solyndra.

Anyway my point is not just to bash Obama, it`s that people keep creating these scape
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Male 92
I call BS on this...she (?) started saving at 17? She`s better realize, if it weren`t for those scholarships, she`d be saving until she was 40 to get into school. No credit cards = no credit. Again, she probably wouldn`t have gotten a loan, or at least not a good enough one to pay for school. The only thing that saved her @$$ were those scholarships, and I`m having a hard time believing the 90% of school paid for. the 30 hrs a week on top of this... total BS.
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Male 5,811
Brava for living within her means. As to the whole "getting a job after college" debate, well that depends on what her major is, what contacts she made in college that can help her out in the real world, and where she plans on living. I know plenty of uni grads that get jobs right away, but just as many that don`t get poo. For her sake I hope she`s in a science and not the arts.
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Male 15
I bet she`s also one serious injury or diagnosis from being hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
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Male 14,331
Bad Santa said it best with regards to the 1%
"But look at all that s**t. Do you really need all that s**t?"
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Male 43
I`m studying architecture, there is no way of doing this course full time and do more than 15 hours a week in work, (which i do also at minimum wage)
my tuition fee`s are £1820 and going up to £9000 next year, and its a 7 years at uni course with material cost etc coming in at over £1000 a year, there is no way on this planet i could have saved up the £30000 between the ages of 16 and 18 to afford this, i have a credit card, i have debt, and i am quite probably going to struggle finding a job with a first bachelors, a diploma and (hopefully) a phd, the reason i do this is because i have always wanted to, i enjoy doing it, if it means i will never have alot of money for all my life and i am constantly in debt so be it, im not going to give up what i currently love doing just for a future that may be slightly better, i will not give up the present for the promise of a future that is not certain.
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Male 472
i am not the 99 percent. I didn`t pay for anything. Now i am just working at my dad`s company.
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Male 7,378
Well, you weren`t doing anything about it.
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Male 608
@Madest.....

Really? You cannot be that naive are you?
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Male 314
@EricWRN:
Where did you get the 40% figure? If you think it`s 35% income tax rate + 5% FICA tax, realize that only applies to the top earners (above $379k), and even then it`s a marginal tax rate, so the real income tax rate won`t be 35%.
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Male 7,378
Twist13, OWS isn`t about blame. It`s about justice.
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Male 40,266

Okay, OKAY! "L Y I N G" not lieing.
Get off my back Spelling Nazi`s!
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Male 40,266

Good for her. I applaud her for her accomplishment.

Now, about the other millions of people... ya think she might me an exception? A freak anomoly? Or just someone lieing so Fox News has something to report? Maybe it`s Hannity`s wife holding that sign, or Bill O`Reily`s daughter?

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Male 608
@Chr368
"She`s broadly generalizing and it`s pathetic. Elitist indeed."

And you are not? Nice double standard douche bag.
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Male 314
Everybody seems to be missing the point about the minimum wage job. She`s only working it to avoid going into debt to pay for college. Of course she won`t be working the same job after college, at least not forever.
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Female 150
Naive in the extreme. What if she gets sick, what if her car breaks down, apartment burns, leg breaks? Can you afford health insurance on that minimum wage salary and keep up a savings? If so, I`d love to know how! What about the future? Can you find a job? Can you keep it? Want a house? A baby? Retirement? A savings on a minimum wage job doesn`t cover any if these things. I`m not sure whether to pat her on and head and say "aaawwww" or shake her silly.
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Male 210
*yawn* She might as well say "I don`t specifically feel like I`m being taken advantage of, so I don`t care that anyone else is."
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Male 608
I just love how upset most of you are because she claims to have her SH*T together. There are no guaranties in the world, and those of you bitching about her not being realistic, or missing the point are completely off base yourselves. She is not living in a fantasy world where she feels compelled to blame everyone around her. I would wager that while she may not find the "Best" job right off the bat, she will be successful in the future.
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Male 302
But what does this have to do with government corruption? He`s just butt-hurt because he knows things could have been much easier on him if rich people payed more taxes. Now that people are demanding that he doesn`t want HIS effort to go to waste.
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Male 7,378
Unless he`s making over $350k he is the 99%. He`s just to young, stupid or gullible to know it.
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Male 165
@jav805 not the brightest crayon in the box are you?

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Male 75
Eh.. I don`t believe it.
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Male 55
drating asinine.
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Male 3,425
Yawn, another attention whore thinking they`ve come up with some striking artistic political statement.
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Male 314
jav:
Obviously she won`t be working a minimum wage job after graduating college. That`s the whole point of college.
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Female 64
Well, I`m sorry we can`t all be satisfied living in complete and utter mediocrity. She seems unusually proud of herself for being unambitious and unremarkable. Dumb bitch.
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Male 590
That`s weird, chrn368, because when I graduated college with a BS, It didn`t even COST tens of thousands of dollars and I was hired before I had my degree.

I think you`re completely missing the point she`s making. She intentionally avoided getting saddled with that ridiculous debt and that problem is completely avoidable. Lots of people do it.

And she doesn`t state which degree she got or which profession she`s pursuing but that makes a huge difference too. If you decide to go to a trendy, out of state school to get a degree in Graphic Design or Type X Education then prepare to be saddled with a huge amount of debt and unable to find a job.

I promise you there are still thousands of young adults graduating from schools every spring who are being hired directly into jobs. Sorry you didn`t have the foresight to do this planning.
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Male 881
Why did she use symbols to spell "ass"? Did she expect that the piece of paper would censor it if she spelled it out? Or does she think its not a bad word if you don`t use the actual letters.
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Male 2,737
Well then.
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Male 590
On top of that you`re probably going to school to learn a trade and get a marketable trade, instead of some fad degree that will never get you hired.

And don`t worry, it`s going to get worse, young lady. You`ll probably make a healthy wage and live a comfortable life and the government will take upwards of about 40% of what you earn (see: EARN) and they`ll squander it. All the while, you`ll be listening to selfish little yuppies and hippies bitch about how they deserve entitlements and that it`s some amorphous, faceless monster named Wall Street that screwed them over (I`d like to take a survey and see how many of them had investment accounts with Citigroup or Goldman Sachs).
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Male 17,511
Right On!
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Male 881
She is the 99% and she doesn`t even realize it. I hope she is happy making barely above minimum wage, sounds like she`ll be doing that for a while.
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Male 2,034
Amen, sister.
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Male 104
She`s certainly ambitious about not doing anything with her life. Debt free, minimum wage job - awesome, good luck in a world that minimum wage will barely allow you to rent a room in a house with a few roommates. College doesn`t last forever.
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Male 55
she forgot the part where the government is being controlled by wall street and continually drating the middle class.
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Male 6,737
Started off well, but faded toward the end.
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Male 18
Just because she`s debt free doesn`t mean she`s in the 1%, you have to have BUKU BUCKS to be in the 1%. So unless she has a few billion+ tucked away somewhere, she`s in the 99% whether she likes it or not. Period.
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Male 762
Good luck finding a job.
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Male 4,431
Well, she may be correct about almost all of her claims, but, she is, in fact, part of the 99% that control only about 20% or so of the US`s wealth. She may not like that, she may be all proud of herself for what she`s accomplished, and, hey, she deserves to be, but, she is, in fact, part of the 99%. Well, unless she`s a trust fund baby who chooses to live like she does to prove something to herself.
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Male 174
I find it insulting to that she`s suggesting that every college graduate and every occupy protestor is just a lazy bum and doesn`t work hard. Some of those people are probably much harder workers than her and they`re getting screwed over. She`s broadly generalizing and it`s pathetic. Elitist indeed.
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Male 118
oh, the innocence.
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Male 550
We`re not mad because the government isn`t paying our debt. We`re mad because the government is paying the CORPS debt. That certain people aren`t getting taxed because they have MORE money (Which makes no f/ucking sense. There are a lot of reason. The government not paying our debt isn`t one of them. At least not for me. I`m not one to take free-bee`s
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Male 4,004
She`s completely missing the point.

She`s basically bragging about her crappy life and her reduced quality of life, completely ignoiring the fact Wall St. probably will have something to do with the fact she will have no decent job (a job that pays what she deserves) to go to after University.
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Male 3,310
Hrmph, I bet she showers daily too. Frickin elitist!
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Male 141
Nope. Missed the mark... but good for her.
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Male 58
suddenly the capitalist become socialist and the socialists become capitalists..
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Male 174
Well good for her, now let`s see if she can do anything with that degree she gets. Garuntee you she wont be able too. She`s gonna stay at that 30+ hour a week minimum wage job when she discovers no one is hiring, just like EVERY SINGLE ONE of my friends who`s graduated, except they were unable to get scholarships and are now in tens of thousands of dollars in debt in addition to not being able to find a job. This girl is obviously a very niave, conservative idealist.
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Male 10,338
Link: I Am NOT The 99 Percent [Pic] [Rate Link] - This girl has it figured out. Take this Occupy Wall Streeters.
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