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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    November 30, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Link: The 1% Speaks Out - He doesn`t think very highly of the 99%, does he?
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    hopeislost Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Awesome
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:28 am
    Well he`s just being silly...
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    Pheeshy5 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:34 am
    What a douchebag, i hope someone takes a dump in your mercedes
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Who came out of the 99%?
    If he means who started as poor or middle class and Became Rich on their own efforts & Talent then...

    William Jefferson Clinton
    Sam Walton
    Bill Gates
    Steve Jobs
    Steve Wozniak
    Sir Richard Branson
    Arnold Schwartzeneger
    Paul Mitchell
    and THOUSANDS of others like them.

    Only the ones born to money are against OWS it seems.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:38 am
    So? He`s a 1% I never heard of nor did I recognize. Where`s my diamond studded cookie?
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    MikeRotch Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:41 am
    "I`m part of the one that`s making it so these people can get something from the government."

    In a way he`s right. Not necessarily about the majority of the Occupiers, but there is a large portion of people in this country that are completely capable of working that instead decide it`s easier to not work and get welfare and leach off the government.
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    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:43 am
    Breaking news, a businessman was found unconscious with fishing wire wrapped around his neck, in the parking lot of Big Business Inc., his vehicle was covered in fecal matter and the windows were smashed, police have no leads.

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    roariamadino Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:47 am
    it would be harder to find somone great in the 1%. I can`t think of any.
    Bill gates is well known for his charity work but ultimately the proportion he gives away is miniscule.
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:58 am
    "it would be harder to find somone great in the 1%. I can`t think of any.
    Bill gates is well known for his charity work but ultimately the proportion he gives away is miniscule."

    He`s pledged to give away 95% of his wealth away upon his death and has gone around the world getting fellow billionaires to pledge similar things.
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    MikeRotch Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 10:58 am
    I don`t know this for sure, but I`d be willing to bet that the proportion Bill Gates gives to charity is probably higher than 99% of the 99%
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    MikeRotch Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:02 am
    Also, the proportion he gives doesn`t matter. His million dollar donation helps a hell of a lot more than your thousand dollar donation regardless of the proportion
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    antagonizer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:14 am
    It takes money to make money. The 1% are the dumbest lot of chimps on the planet, but they have something the 99% doesn`t...cash flow.

    The marker for true greatness is in the multitudes of 99%ers who`ve elevated themselves out of their lot in life to fame and fortune.
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    Aints Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:30 am
    Dude can`t take his money with him.. He will die just like everyone else on this earth. And FU** Gates charity bs, there are waaayyyy to many bankers and politics involved in raping people of their land and resources, Gates won`t change sh**. He will just make it a little bit more comfortable for them. Remember Haiti?? Remember all that money we raised!!! Yeaa!!! Go there now and see the dump it is still.. We could have built a small city with that money, literally. Charity, bs. Go vote for change or some sh**. So fu** the 1% and fu** most of the 99%.
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    Aints Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
    http://philanthropy.com/ article/Haiti-Earthquake-Relief-How /125912/

    (had to break it up)
    Add it up, all of it. Really? BS! 1% Clowns and 99% Idiots who think money really goes to what they donate to.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:36 am
    In a way he`s right..., but there is a large portion of people in this country that are completely capable of working that instead decide it`s easier to not work and get welfare and leach off the government. -----------
    What`s your proof of that? America is the most productive nation on the planet. We lead the way in innovation and productivity. Before the Housing bubble (where the 1% stole many hundreds of billions and gutted the retirement funds of people on the verge of retiring) our unemployment was a mere 4%. I hope he gets taxed to where it hurts.
    So tell me. In what way was this pompous ass "right"?
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:43 am
    It all goes back in the box eventually; even if you do own hotels on Mayfair and fleet street...
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:44 am
    Ok, now what would happen if we take all those "great people" the 1%. Ship them off to a remote island. Not so great when they haven`t got wage slaves to rest on, or a bs market to exploit.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:57 am
    First, the Beatles all became part of the 1%. They did it by working their @$$es off and excelling at what they did -- something NOT ONE of these whiney little occupier bitches have ever even TRIED to do.

    Second, these parasites occupying pubic parks are in no way representing the other 99% -- more like the bottom 0.001%
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    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 11:59 am
    So? I can find you much, MUCH less eloquent OWS protesters than this guy. Hasty generalization much?

    I don`t know how smart this guy is, but the least I can say about him is that he`s a producer unlike most of the scum in Zuccotti Park.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    Ok, now what would happen if we take all those "great people" the 1%. Ship them off to a remote island. Not so great when they haven`t got wage slaves to rest on, or a bs market to exploit.
    Ajikan, I`m quite sure they would do just fine. The better question is, what would happen to the 99% if they left. For the answer to that question, you need to read Atlas Shrugged (and no, the movie doesn`t count).
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    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    LOL, OldOllie: I remember that part. All the big businessmen became janitors and the like in their new society, but they got along fine. I haven`t seen the movie yet; is it really that bad?

    I do agree that the 99% would be worst off without the 1% than the 1% would be without the 99%.

    With the 1% gone, you have no more doctors, for a start...
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    donthaveone Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    The 1% look down on the 99%, just like most of the 99% would look down on someone working in fast food... were all just arsehole... they just have more money.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    We wouldn`t loose all that much by loosing the 1%. Doctors aren`t paid enough to be up that high. Neither are engineers, professors or scientists.

    Some are, but they are rare exceptions.

    We`d loose a whole bunch of actors, singers, sports stars, entrepreneurs, politicians and businesspeople. These are replaceable. Whereas if you lost the 99%, well that`s just the end of civilization right there. Human life would continue, sure, but there would be practically nothing left.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    OldOllie, showing your age? Does grumpiness go with it? Something to look forward to I assume.
    By belittling the 99% you`re taking the stance that they are wrong. Our system of government has not been corrupted by money. That buying influence and favors is A-OK in a democracy and that the shrinking middle class is just fine so long as there are a few people in the 1% who get the difference. Let me know where I`m wrong.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    I haven`t seen the movie yet; is it really that bad?
    I haven`t seen it either. I do know that if it covered the entire book, the movie would have to be at least 14 hours long. It`s not a matter of quality or bias, it`s just that it`s impossible to cram a long novel into a 2- or 3-hour movie.

    When they shot the original Dune movie, Frank Herbert insisted on being on the set every day to ensure they were faithful to his book. They ended up with a 14-hour movie. It was edited down to 137 min., but what they ended up with was a bunch of excerpts and a narrator trying to explain what they left out. I`m still hoping someone will make it into a 12-hour miniseries.

    BTW, if you think these little pussies are crying now, try to imagine their caterwauling if they lost 40% of the taxes being paid by the 1%, and the millions of jobs they have created with their investments and entrepreneurial skills.

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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    Madest is on "ignore."
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Right when the argument makes too much sense just change the channel to FoxNews where the rest of the retards go.
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
    1231 posts
    November 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    I`m not sure the anger towards 1% is purely about money; it comes down to how that money is made and the effects it has on everyone else. I don`t have anything against Bill gates, but If I ever meet Fred Goodwin I`ll kick him in his testicles. Bill gates is worth more than Fred Goodwin, but Fred Goodwin made his money whilst shafting alot of people. Bill Gates hasn`t really shafted anyone since the Vista, and even then the two aren`t comparable.
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    sulu Male 18-29
    994 posts
    November 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    There`s an Objectivist living under my bed.

    He can do anything...
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    iceblack Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    Here`s the thing...
    There`s nothing wrong with having money, being
    richer than other people and having some benefits
    for creating jobs. If you have great ideas and
    do everything possible to make them happen, you
    deserve to have more than others, that`s just
    fair

    But those people, those organisations should be
    taxed by a greater % so that wealth goes a little
    more towards infrastructure, social benefits and
    creating jobs

    That`s the only thing I think is wrong, the
    taxation of companies; Without big ideas and without
    big profits, you wouldn`t have that iPad, your
    current celphone, your computer, TV... Everything
    you can`t live without now, you owe it to big
    companies, all of those benefits that make your
    life easier and more confortable, and at a reasonable
    price too, it would be 10 times more expensive if
    big companies weren`t the way they are
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    The system is set up so greatness can`t come from the 99%. That`s part of the problem.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    I need to take a break from IAB. I may or may not be back in the new year. Thirteen months ago I gave up a partisan lifestyle ruled by non-issues and negativity. Most of the partisan people on this site I can handle but there is one fellow IAB`er who rattles that old side of me with his uber-partisan games. He is the most divisive and disingenuous person I have ever encountered. This isn`t the first time I have left IAB because of him. The last time I came back he was gone and gone for months. IAB was so much fun for me. But now he is back and it sucks worse than ever. I won`t go back to that partisan person that I was. Life is too short to waste it on stupid things that I have no control over. I hate to go because IAB is the only place in my life where I discuss politics but I have to stay happy. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and I wish you positive goods things in the new year.
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    iceblack Male 18-29
    551 posts
    November 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    @markust123
    Where do I send you flowers?
    No seriously, it`s ok for you to do that if you are not happy being the way you are here, but seriously, who cares? I mean it in the least hurtful way, just go and mind your own business, what`s the need for such a "Suicide note"?

    Anyway, Happy holidays. Take care man
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    @markust123; don`t let the bastards grind you down man. If everyone agreed with each other on I-A-B it wouldn`t nearly be as much fun :)
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    RealBadNews Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    @markust123

    Sad :/ I liked reading your arguments and opinions. I hope you get happier and eventually come back. Have a good holiday :).
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    Lets see who wins a knife fight, him or a ghetto child.
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm
    Pretentious prick.
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    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    OldOllie: The current Atlas Shrugged movie is just about part one of the novel. I don`t know if they`ll make parts 2 and 3 since the first movie did so poorly.

    And IAB stopped listening to madest a long time ago. If IAB was a neighboorhood, madest would be the angry old man that yells racial epithets at people that walk by from his porch. No one takes him seriously, otherwise their brains would melt from all the nonsense. The only reason he`s still here is because he`s been here a long time and the neighborhood committee can`t really fire him for being annoying.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    @Agent00Smith

    WTF does that have to do with anything? Are you really suggesting ones ability to shank someone has some bearing on the world? Sure it can remove a life from it, but that`s it.

    Who would win at a spelling bee, math test, hell anything academic, this guy or a ghetto kid? That`s a rhetorical question, we both know the answer to that one.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    How could anyone be so blissfully ignorant? A 99% founding father? Benjamin Franklin. A 99% president? Abraham Lincoln. A 99% military commander? Ulysses S. Grant. A 99% author? Mark Twain. A 99% businessman? Steve Jobs.

    America was founded to create an alternative to the system of privilege-as-birthright--namely (to use Jefferson`s term) a meritocracy. I guess this One Percenter skipped class that day.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    @ OldOllie "these parasites occupying pubic parks are in no way representing the other 99%"
    They represent me. I`m 99%
    I`m 50 and I`ve had my retirment wiped out by the banks theft. I`ve had 2 carreers jerked out from under me by the goverment selling to the highest bidder and allowing trade practices that hemorrhage jobs. I`ve paid my taxes into a system that had it`s fingers crossed when it said it would spend the tax money in the interests of the people.

    Yes, they do represent the 99%.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    markust123, Don`t leave me. I`ve felt the rightward lean here these past months and it does wear on ones psyche. Mostly it`s the unsubstantiated nonsense they spew as fact that really grinds my gears and I almost feel it a duty to correct them. No, IAB needs you here. I need you here. Don`t leave.

    @ Archer, My own personal rule is to not give a crap what a Canadian thinks.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    BYE @Markust123, cest la vie! Eh?

    Let me know where I`m wrong.
    @madest: everything in between "OldOllie" and "difference" - fyi!
    Mostly it`s the unsubstantiated nonsense they spew as fact...
    My own personal rule is to not give a crap what a Canadian thinks.

    And @madest makes a fool OF HIMSELF, YET AGAIN!
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    Fine madest, you don`t want to hear anything from a Canadian? Here`s a message from another American: you`re a cyber bully and certainly don`t deserve Mod status.

    I don`t care about you`re political affiliation but you are also a sheeple, following blindly to the political party you worship.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Wow "sheeple"? You`re calling me out as unoriginal and you use the word sheeple? Wow man. So many ways I could do this but tbh it does itself.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32817 posts
    November 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    I`m going to post this on a couple of threads:

    Democracy: when 90% on the people decide to tax themselves so the government can help the poorest 10%

    Socialism: when 80% of the people decide to tax the top 10% so the government can help the bottom 10%

    OWS: the top 1% should pay for everyone else
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    Viking864 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    Nicely said 5Cats
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    Madest, I`m taking you off of "ignore" just long enough to invite you to go jack off to your kiddie porn.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm
    Stupid people making a stupid argument.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 12:32 am
    @markust, just do what I decided to do a while back and avoid politics like the plague on this site.
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    ccalhoun86 Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 2:54 am
    That`s a good logic 5cats, except our democracy is broken. The ones on top forgot what it was like to be poor generations ago. Of the 10% the government "helps" 20%-30% live just above poverty and are ineligible for any assistance, whether it be food, cash, or furthering education. These are the people you treat like poo that change your oil, flip your burgers, wait on you at restaurants, check you into hotels, pick up your garbage, bag your groceries, etc... etc... Do you think grown men and women WANT to do this? I currently make about 25k annually, which, in the state of Michigan, is 15k too much to get any financial aid for college. So I am supposed to take out 20k + in students loan, for an education that is a higher financial risk than blindly investing in the stock market. The only people who can`t admit the system is broke are those who are oblivious because they became wealthy/successful prior and it doesn`t effect them.
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    ccalhoun86 Male 18-29
    76 posts
    December 1, 2011 at 3:24 am
    OWS, my generation, the bitchers and complainers, those who feel entitled to what they "havent earned"; we want jobs. We want affordable education. We want the banks to loan us money so we can buy houses. We don`t want to be held responsible for the financial mistakes of our parents and the ultra-rich. We want the government to have the people as their primary concern, not the mega corporations and the banks. You blind grumpy old pricks. You had that. We don`t deserve it? Screw you. All you had to do was iron your t-shirt and walk in to a factory and ask for a job. You got a liveable wage, a retirement fund, and there was a ladder to climb. Now what few factories remain hire minimum wage with no benefits, and we can be fired at will, with no reason, making it nearly impossible to find another job. And thank you mal BB, its not who has the money, it`s what they do with it, and what they do is turn their money into more money by screwing those who don`t have it.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2011 at 5:14 am
    @Man in the video, nobody will weep for you when you are bankrupted by credit derivative swaps or accumulators, or a high-net worth pyramid scheme or whatever the next instrument will be that looked good in the prospectus and financially suicidal in hindsight.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32817 posts
    December 1, 2011 at 5:40 am
    You blind grumpy old pricks
    @ccalhoun86 you were doing OK until this came out.
    I am GEN-X and I got no loans, no handouts, no, assistance from the govt that I didn`t already pay for.
    The longest I`ve held a job is 3 years. I`ve also gone 3 years without a job, or assistance, or welfare.
    The OWS are spoiled rotten. They can take their protest back to their parent`s basements & cos-play being radicals til the cows come home.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2011 at 7:23 am
    Wait...Wall St. gets bailed out, yet he`s bitching about the 99% "sucking off the government"? smh
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    teelelen Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 8:38 am
    Damn those Rich people
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 9:17 am
    So both sides have morons, no surprises there.
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    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    you go %1!! OWS is a waste of time and guess what? more money!! stop biching and go get a damn job like everyone else!
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    ccalhoun86 Male 18-29
    76 posts
    December 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm
    5cats; you live in Canada. Did you just recently move or did Canada suddenly become a part of America? Last I knew, Canada was a monarch. You have different political leaders, different currency, an entirely different economy, consisting mostly of trees. Pigsnout, idiot. I have a job. I hate my job. I`m holding on to my job for dear life. There`s this thing called unemployment, and its high because jobs don`t exist, not because people don`t want to work. I would guess the majority of those unemployed fall under the category of being let go to downsize, not those who never had a job to begin with. Have you even seen Office Space? I work in a hotel. We have had many consulting agencies stay here, and basically strip bare the management staff of several local companies. Cant tell you how many I`ve seen in tears wanting me to make copies of their resume because they were simply "let go" without warning, and are now jobless. So go shuffle some cards and feel fortunate.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32817 posts
    December 2, 2011 at 5:27 am
    @ccalhoun: YOur ignorance of all things Canadian is second only to @madest.
    Where do y`all think most of your imported OIL comes from?
    Who was your #1 trade partner until China surpassed us very recently?
    Mostly of trees... and we still live in igloos too.
    Talking To Americans!
    Even Obama likes Canadians!
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 2, 2011 at 8:51 am
    @ccalhoun86:

    Ignorance 101. You need to realize that all of the world`s economies are linked. Ours is especially linked to yours because of our proximity and vast amounts of trade. The recession hit here too, and MANY Canadians have lost jobs, had to relocate, etc. because of Wall Street`s brilliant mortgage-backed securities idea, coupled with uninformed and easily influenced average citizens being told by the US gov`t to tap home equity. We are suffering higher unemployment too, and many find it difficult to attain new jobs. There is a world outside of America, maybe you`ve heard of it.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    December 2, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Does having money make a person only value money, or are people who only value money the ones who end up with money?

    Either way, I`d rather be me than that man.
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    December 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    "The system is set up so greatness can`t come from the 99%. That`s part of the problem."

    The only way this statement could possibly true is if nobody who ever earned less than $300k/yr in their lives has ever gone on to do anything great. Now that your statement is properly framed, do you still agree with it?

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