The Wall Street Protesters’ Website of Tears

 

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.

 

Read on:

 

Duh! Here's a clue: If you can't afford to attend a certain school, then how do you plan on paying for it? Or are "we" supposed to pay for it?

 

Uh.... this might not be the best time to start a business, seeing as you have no money or collateral.

 

Yeah, I hate when people have to sell drugs to someone else's kids, so that they can feed their own kids. So unfair.

 

Well, now that don't seem right. Why don't you change your major?

 

Your Dad's not too bright then, huh?

 

 

Try paying the loans off.

 

Did you write that all by yourself?

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38 Responses to The Wall Street Protesters’ Website of Tears

  1. DohBiden says:

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  2. johngaltisalie says:

    How surprising that all this author can offer is mockery (ignoring all the bits that are hard to mock, like the inability to find a job in 9% unemployment) and a biblically-based econ huckster. Oh, and find a church. Great advice. I guess for-profit education that routinely puts people hundreds of thousands in debt and dumps them in a job market where nobody is hiring is the American, Christian way. I wonder if Jesus would have uttered the words “sorry about your dad getting fired but I guess he’s not too bright to want better benefits and job security”.

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  3. Don says:

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  4. johngaltisalie says:

    So what you’re saying is don’t try to better yourself with higher education, even though 10 years ago it was the only way to a good stable job, because you should know you’ll never be able to get a job above minimum wage to pay it back?

    Do none of you see the stories about being in medical debt, looking for work for over a year and not able to find anything, people putting off college because they can’t afford to go into debt at all, people terrified because they live paycheck to paycheck and one bad accident could put their families on the street? Do you have no ability to relate to these stories? Or does it help you to sleep at night if you convince yourself that these things will never happen to you because YOU are somehow different?

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  5. johngaltisalie says:

    Hey guys here’s an idea: don’t attempt to educate yourself, don’t get sick, if you do get sick just go ahead and die but drop off your kids at a religious orphanage before you do because trust me, even though this article is all about mocking people in legitimate financial hardship, there really are people that care out there. Just not us. And absolutely not our tax dollars. Those are reserved for Wall Street bailouts.

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  6. johngaltisalie says:

    Ha ha ha! That old lady that has to choose between medication and food! How pathetic! Don’t forget to save some of your food stamps to buy Dave Ramsay’s Biblical Guide to Financial Prosperity!

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  9. johngaltisalie says:

    So we’re all completely immune from the effects of the socioeconomic environment we exist and operate in? Boy that sounds…unrealistic. I suppose it IS easier to operate under the assumption that its not the system that needs to change, its 99% of the citizenry (except for you, of course, until you lose your health insurance or job). The richest 400 families in the US who hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans combined can afford to think that way, I suppose, but the rest of us really don’t think that trillions in tax dollars wasted on two wars and Wall Street bailouts is our just desserts.

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  10. johngaltisalie says:

    Know your place, serfs – if you can’t afford a full college ride out of pocket, don’t even consider it. Fight amongst yourselves for Wal-Mart greeting jobs instead, as is your place in the natural order of things. Meanwhile my family’s trust fund will keep getting bigger as our lobbyists push lower tax rates for our bracket, promote cargo cult economic theory like keeping “job producers” happy so they won’t leave America, call universal health care “unAmerican” so health insurance corporation profits remain sky-high, and blame all of you for being lazy, even though most of my fellow travelers simply won the genetic lotto and were born into ultra-rich families in a time with no estate tax or tax bracket over $250k. Maybe you should just die off and quit complaining.

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  11. johngaltisalie says:

    No no I don’t blame you, ultra-rich business interests! Its simply your nature to accumulate as much wealth as possible through any means necessary, argue that the poor, elderly and sick deserve their plight, and throw massive pity parties on the pages of the Washington Post op ed section because its sooooo hard to live on $400,000 a year! I hate those poor sick people too! They suck! (Will you let me in your club now? No? How about a paycheck for promoting these ideas instead, will that work?)

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  13. johngaltisalie says:

    Where is that road then static? We’ve already learned that applying yourself via higher education is supposedly dumb if you can’t afford the full tuition out of pocket. How many part time low-wage jobs is one supposed to hold in a 9% unemployment economy? The author of this ridiculous essay also noted that if you don’t have the capital to start a business out of pocket then don’t do that either, so there goes another revered form of self-sufficiency. Maybe the road to financial prosperity is actually achieved through strictly regulating and policing an out of control financial sector that dominates our economy and demands trillions of tax dollars in bailout funds when they screw up, and then have the audacity to tell everyone else they earned it – but the people in these photos? The ones that have to choose between food and medicine? The ones that can’t get a job, regardless of how educated they are? THEY’RE the ones ruining everything, apparently. Not the guys on Wall Street that got away scot-free after destroying the economy.

    Funny how the “road to financial prosperity” WAS lined with Tea Party protesters, lovingly covered by all the major news media outlets, who all went home after a couple hours sitting in lawn chairs holding up signs.

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  14. johngaltisalie says:

    Also I see nobody wanted to comment on the many veterans participating in this project. What, no mockery for the people who put their lives on the line for you and got shafted for it? Nothing to say to them?

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  16. PennyThawtz says:

    @john, did you even read what I wrote?
    Assignment: Go back and read what was written and write a short essay discussing what you like about America and why someone else should pay for everything you want.

    Also, nobody was mocking anyone who suffers from illness or those who served in the military.

    Answer this question: If the problem here is corrupt government officials, why are you not in Washington protesting them? Maybe corporations have learned that you must pay a price to do business. Kinda like OBAMA AND HIS OUT OF CONTROL LIBERAL REGULATIONS – READ SOLYNDRA.

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  17. PennyThawtz says:

    will you be voting for Obama again, dear?@johngaltisalie

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  19. Ray says:

    Wall Street forces companies to outsource to increase their dividend checks. To discount this fact is to believe in fairy tales that the cost of labor is the not the reason for any outsourcing of American jobs.

    Wall Street’s greed causes depressions and that is the bottom line

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  21. PennyThawtz says:

    Wall Street provides jobs for people by it’s very nature. No jobs, no incomes, no wall street. Liberal big government and the idiotic rules and regulations it creates cause job loss. Check out GIBSON Guitars as an example.

    Obama pretty much has shut down the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Why? Because of idiotic liberal environmental policies.

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  22. PennyThawtz says:

    You said it, Doh! Buffett is the very thing these protesters are whining about and yet he is advising their Provider in Chief, President Obama.@DohBiden

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  23. PennyThawtz says:

    Oh! Johng, now I get it. You got a problem with his religion.

    @johngaltisalie

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  27. Bill Jenkins says:

    That last image, which doesn’t seem to appear on my screen, shows a young boy with a cleverly worded paragraph about his mommy crying because she can’t afford to buy him clothes for winter. (Has winter even came around since this stupid astroturf movement started? Maybe in Alaska?)

    It really doesn’t matter – she is poor enough to not afford clothes, but sure can pay for that iMac/Macbook/iPad 2 utilizing the Photo Booth software that took that picture.

    exif shines a nice spotlight on the fraud committed there.

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  28. PennyThawtz says:

    @Bill Jenkins, nice observation! We love our readers!

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  29. DohBiden says:

    What troll downdinged the comments not suppporting his agenda?

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  30. PennyThawtz says:

    You called me an “author.” heh. @johngaltisalie

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  31. DohBiden says:

    @johngaltisalie

    Drop dead.

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  32. mmmmcoffee says:

    To the 19 y.o. college student at the “college he can’t truly afford”.. what was wrong with your local community college? A degree is a degree. Get off your lazy arse, go to a school you CAN afford, live within your means, get a cheap cell phone instead of an iPod 4g, sell your computer and use the free one at the library, go to the grocery store, buy a bag of coffee – learn to make your own instead of paying $5.99 from that da** capitalist Starbucks you’re protesting against, but supporting every morning — and get on with your life. We’re all done watching you whine. Did anyone ever hear Oprah Winfrey whine about her hardships? Did she protest and blame the world for her life of poverty & abuse, or did she make something of her life through hard work? Grow up. All of you.

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  33. mmmmcoffee says:

    @johngaltisalie
    Actually – the other 99% of veterans are WORKING — and working hard. Doing what it takes to support families, themselves, their educations, and NOT complaining. So, John, when that dirty bomb finally lands on NYC – and you’re running with your iPod and your chihuahua down the road, trying to escape.. maybe then you’ll understand why our tax dollars go to protecting our country from homicidal maniacs (the ones that rule other countries as dictators and then sit down at our ivy league universities for tea and crumpets). How dare you bring veterans into this!!! As the wife of a 24 yr Army Veteran – you disgust me!!!!! When have you EVER served your country and your fellow citizens?????? Protesting is NOT serving your country, it’s serving your lazy, blame game life.

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  34. PennyThawtz says:

    @mmmmcoffee Bravo! Well, said, Sister!

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  35. decisionmaking says:

    Many of the WSPs stories are sad, but I agree with the author that the individual’s decisions/behavior likely played a larger role in his or her predicament. Aside from health issues/disasters, of course.

    I do not know any of these people so it is hard to sympathize with them. To me they come off as the people that made the “play now and study later” decision and regret it and want someone to blame. Like my long ago roommate who couldn’t pay rent because he bought a jet ski instead.

    Wall St is not evil…Wall St does not have your interest in mind but is not actively trying to screw you. I realize the suffering is real but I wish people would take more responsibility.

    The people I want to help are the illegal immigrants working crap jobs…working their fingers to the bone. I would happily have my tax dollars or have a tax increase for them versus some new college grad who wants to be an artist/pursue unrealistic dream (aka doing what he wants instead of growing up and do something practical…it is a dream crusher) getting gov aid.

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  37. Danny says:

    This is in reference to the jackass in picture #2.

    Proof-positive how naive and uneducated this 99% crew is. “A small loan to start a business?” Anyone with any business sense knows that you NEVER start a business in DEBT! “I want to start my own business so I can make money and work for myself….but I’m paying off this loan to the bank which helped me get my business off the ground…” And folks, THAT is the reason why many small businesses fail in the first year.

    How the EFF does that make any sense? Sure it makes sense if you don’t want to work hard, live frugally, and you want things the easy way….which is all this spoiled, entitled, Twitterbot generation wants. They clearly didn’t learn a DAMN THING in college….and yet, we don’t see them picketing their colleges.

    What a joke….

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