The Wall Street protesters have a web site called, “We Are The 99 Percent.” This site permits the supporters and participants of the Wall Street protests (the 99 percent) to submit and publish to the site handwritten notes of their own personal hardship stories, apparently all caused by rich corporations. The idea seems to have been created to generate support for the protesters and to offer insight to the effects of the supposedly injurious behavior by successful corporations and the rich
It appears to me that the transgressions attributed to Wall Street by some of these people are rather endless and include poor health, bad loans, bankruptcy, credit card debt, huge student loans, no clothing, hunger, depression, anxiety, single parenthood, forced adoption, unemployment, foreclosure, taxes, and loss of hope, etc. Every problem a person could have is blamed on “the rich” and Wall Street. Do any of these people take any personal responsibility for their own bad decisions which may have contributed to their situation?
So I will probably get some heat from this, but I am going to post it anyway because maybe it will help some of them to get a different perspective. I think many of these people don’t seem to understand that the choices we make today, can affect us for many years to come. Many Americans are hurting and struggling to make ends meet, and some of these stories are truly sad, but some of them just seem like a logical outcome for some really bad decisions. What do you expect when you take out a school loan for $100,000.00 to earn a degree that will get you $29,000 a year? Payback is always a bitch, but more so when you only make $29,000 a year.
I do not believe these people should be protesting successful American people and businesses; they should do some serious self-examination and figure out if their own behavior and poor decisions may have contributed to their current predicament. For the most part, the stories read like a collective whine-fest with the writers complaining about how they have to work for what they want, how they must pay back money they have borrowed, how they have too much anxiety to find a job or keep one. Come on, now, really? Grow up.
Now, obviously most people do not have control over their health problems and I am sorry for anyone dealing with any sickness. We need to remember that life is hard and bad things do happen, but most bad things are not the result of someone else’s success.
My suggestion to these folks is that instead of writing online anger letters and blocking city streets, they do something constructive like get to know financial guru Dave Ramsey and learn about his philosophy on his website or radio show. Mr. Ramsey’s specialty is getting people back up and running after tough times such as these. One could also look for a helping hand at a church, synagogue or community organization, too. Americans are a good and generous people and will help.
Oh, yeah, maybe they should consider voting Republican in 2012.