Open Letter to the 53% - Page 2
Does it make sense to snatch crumbs from the mouths of minimum-wage workers while Paris Hilton discards a Thanksgiving feast every day of her life? If we were to squeeze the very last nickel out of the working poor, we would have far less money in our coffers than if we brought the tax rates on the wealthy back up to where they were when we were all prosperous.
Why stomp on ants while elephants roam the halls?
Computer systems are normally designed with fail-safes and multiple servers. The concept of not having all one's eggs in the same basket is well understood by everyone from financial planners to electrical engineers. At this point, half of America's eggs are in a single, tiny basket. The center cannot hold.
As I see it, the tide has already turned. I know, most people feel it's too early to call. I will stake my reputation, please mark the date and quote me: Occupy Wall Street will dramatically change America. That's not hubris, or political bias. It's based on math, science, and common sense. The pendulum has gone all the way to one end, and now it will swing back to the center.
There is a huge irony in the making, and that is why this letter is addressed to the 53%.
When this movement effects real change the difference will be obvious, especially to the middle class and the working poor. We will have found new ways of conducting the business of politics, and the game will be changed forever.
Do you really think thousands of people in the streets of every city in America will have no effect as we approach the election? What if OWS forces the breakup of too big to fail banks? The destruction of the Federal Reserve? What if the groundswell is such that we move to direct democracy instead of an electoral college? Overcome <u>Citizens United</u>? Will you learn to acknowledge the contributions of others when they literally reclaim your voice as a voter?
You who rail against the "arrogance" of the 99% who count you in their ranks though you refuse to support them, will you ever recognize that most of the people in the streets are in your same tax bracket? Do you really believe you are in the majority, and that your contribution is the only one that counts?Continued on the next page