Why the Occupy movement and the We Are the 99 Percent matters

Here’s a recent study blogged about and presented by the directory of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the U.S. on Trends in the Distribution of Income.

Notice the focus on the 1%, including here:

What is happening in the U.S. and elsewhere is a focus on the inequalities (and more) between various economic groups. The inequality is not new, but the focus is new, and it is a result of the efforts of groups of people striving to highlight the financial difficulties that they are having. If people say it doesn’t matter, they are wrong. The ability to shift the focus in a culture matters is a big deal. It’s a big deal that the Occupy movement and the We Are the 99 Percent people have managed to achieve.

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2 responses to “Why the Occupy movement and the We Are the 99 Percent matters

  1. Although I am aware of the disparity. How do you think the 99% is going to turn around the way the world works?

    Even within our little town of Canada, voter turn out is pretty abysmal and a majority people just go about doing what they normally do day in and day out.

    Honestly, I do feel bad for some friends who have to be a part of the second quintile and lower, but how many of us are willing to do our part?

    Most of us whether by choice or not, buy our goods from places where workers are treated poorly. By doing that you’re actually justifying that those practices by voting with your money. For my part, I do try to avoid places like Wal*Mart and Starbucks, but for the most part I just avoid shopping altogether unless I really really have to.

    Then again, we have “Big local” companies which try to suck as much money from us as possible. So supporting them isn’t something I’d like to do either. For my part, I just cancelled cable TV and any ties with Rogers as much as possible, I just rely on things that are of better value.

    I try to support the “small local” companies, namely the restaurants. If they provide good value and good service, they get my repeat business and referrals. I don’t believe in tipping, there should just be a good standard set, but because of culture I still tip if I plan to go back to the restaurant again.

    And for my part, I do vote. The system may be lousy, but there isn’t a better one. And even if most of my friends who are downtown folk don’t like him, and he may be politically incorrect, I still say Rob Ford is still doing a good job. Which is more than I can say for the other candidates for the other layers.

    So whatever choice you decide, either by ballot or by cash, just remember it is your choice as to how things are done.

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