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Why I Support the Occupy Movement

October 11, 2011

…because I’m a college educated, middle-class, home-owning, voting, taxpaying, non-cop-hating, mother of two who drives a station wagon and doesn’t think 911 was an inside job. AND I still think we live in a plutocracy, not a democracy.

…because I’ve voted in every election since I turned 18 and frankly, I’m sick of choosing between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, both funded by wealthy special interests.

…because i’ve watched the best minds of my generation beaten down by school loans and the worst job market in decades.

…because i spend over 50% of most days preventing my bigger child from picking on my smaller one. If sharing, fair play and cooperation are good values for the home, why are they framed as zany socialist policy by FOX?

…because i want you to make a living wage and have adequate access to health care.

…because if I am losing track of the times I’ve gone to the library only to drive away with my son sobbing in the backseat because the branch had to add another closed day or shorten hours.

…because when I call to pay off my Bank of America credit (which I do, every month) the prompts are so insidiously geared toward preventing me from paying the full balance I  want to throw my phone out the window.

…because I’m not against profit, I’m just against profiting by exploiting others.

….because I don’t think it’s mooching to want those earning over $1 million a year to pay their fair share in taxes. A 5.6% surtax on those who have much of their income taxed at lower capital gains rates rather than those for regular income — is vastly preferable to raising taxes more broadly. It would take the top rate for the super-rich to near where it was during the Clinton years. It’s not class warfare, it’s asking those who can afford it to  support getting the country back on track.

….because an organic, multi-faceted movement not beholden to any specific special interest or organization is exactly what we need to start a national conversation.

…because I’m not a left-wing revolutionary or a right-wing reactionary but just another hopeful citizen who wants my kids, and their little pals to grow up with a chance of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Right now I see no other options than to throw my efforts here as a more mainstream supporter.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 5:09 pm

    didn’t know dave holmes was in town. see guy in background.

    love it

  2. Erin Switalski permalink
    October 14, 2011 10:31 am

    here, here my dear.

  3. Melissa permalink
    November 1, 2011 11:16 pm

    I love that Jarah is playing the drums in this picture.

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