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I was a near 4.0 student in high school.

By age 17 had already served my country as a civil servant twice as a Congressional and State Senate Page.

Since as long as I can remember I've wanted to be an Astronaut.

So I worked hard and with the support of my family and a letter from my Congressman, got accepted into a good college to study Aerospace Engineering.

I've studied hard, and thanks to the government's FAFSA loan program and a some help from my family have been able to go to school for four years without a private loan.

My grades aren't great, but I love what I wanna do too much to give up when things get tough.

I've never expected help from anybody, and have always been willing to make it on my own steam if I have to, but I appreciate all the help I can get, and will take any advantage I find.

My parents worked hard their entire lives and have always lived within their means.

When the company my dad had worked for folded, he started his own business at 55 and thanks to years of good customer relations has so far been successful.

My mom never took more time off work than she needed, even to raise me and my sister, and has always been a source of inspiration for me.

My family has never felt entitled to anything beyond the chance to pursue what make us happy on our own steam, and I intend to live my life by the same code.

Today we have a serious crisis of entitlement, and it is rampant, but no where is it more apparent than in the culture of entitlement by our most wealthy citizens.

These people have highjacked our Democratic institutions and refuse to pay their fair share.

I don't want a welfare state, I want my country back.

We live in a time where everything that made us great is crumbling.

Our education system, our transportation and infrastructure networks, our healthcare system, are all in danger of becoming not the hallmarks of the greatest nation on Earth; but a constant reminder of our failure to maintain our Republic.

If we want to save our country from decay, we must destroy this culture of entitlement among those who have already taken so much from this country, and ask them to pay their fair share.

Not to create a broader system of entitlements or to expand the role of government in our lives, but simply to pay the operational costs of running a country, and to end the corruption of money in our politics.

I Am the 99%
I have read a lot of very positive "I Am the 99%" testimonials, and a lot of "my life is so hard because I can't afford cable," BS, and my least favorite, "life worked out fine for me, so you all must be a bunch of whiners, " which also sounds like, "I am an inconsiderate asshole and don't want to ask my corporate masters to pay their dues like everyone else."

I love my country, and I support a Universal healthcare program and public education because I while I don't feel entitled to help from the government, I think that if we can afford it this country should invest in its future, and make people as economically free as possible along with being as politically and socially free as possible.

If you disagree please do so in a civil fashion or I'll subject you to scorn and ridicule.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Tax the rich more? They already pay the majority of income taxes, though I guess if most liberals want to ignore facts like these
My advise to the government? Don't interfere with the economy unless needed and a company going bankrupt is not an excuse to do so as many corporations went bankrupt in the past but were able to recover but that's just my 2 cents which can't do shit for me now since pennies are worthless :P
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The rich pay the most in taxes, but proportionally control an even larger share of the economy, so shouldn't they pay based on that reality rather than arbitrarily comparing tax rates against middle income earners? The economy must be managed responsibly, and under the current paradigm set during the Reagan administration that means the government must encourage entrepreneurial activities and encourage individual investment in the economy through the financial system. This paradigm, however, does not give you a free pass to regurgitate antiquated fiscal policy, confusing it for economic policy, based on whatever internet assembled psuedo-ideology you've crafted for a sense of identity. Please kindly refrain from ever commenting on anything until you reach the intellectual maturity beyond the lowest common denominator.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes the rich do control a large supply of the economy pie however you and I both know the larger the pie the bigger the slice for all
What they pay is based on what they make within the system, the more money they make the more they pay in taxes (deny this if you will)
And you are no 99%, I apologize for this rude awakening but the 99% does not exist in the sense that you or other followers see it as it does, well most people who claim this seem to want to make themselves victims, though granted I'll admit you seem not as deluted as the majority of people who claim this so I'll give you that(though wether or not someone is deluted will be a matter of opinion sometimes), and by most standard people like John D. Rockefeller would an example of a 99%, though we don't need do go into back story as I'm sure you know about him, but back to what I was saying, the '99%' is sham a way to get unneeded sympathy towards one who either failed once and gave up or thinks life is completely easy out of college that you'll find what you if get the right education on a silver plate or at least this is their mentality
 

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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your loyalty to your masters is adorable.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have but one master, and that is God and under him I forge my own destiny
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure you do kid.
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dad said the best system for all of us was an amalgam of all these systems.
because In the Philippines. We are the 100%.
we curse the .2%.
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Irishman318 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
sorry to burst my fellow 99%'s bubble, but this system has worked for 200 years. And you are complaining about it now? It's not the system that's corrupt, it's the people, who are too spoiled to get up and make a living on something credible. We once made almost everything in the world, and everyone was happy because of it. It was industrialization and manufacturing that gave us good times, but ever since the Reagen era, we've dialed that down, and look at the trouble that's caused us! We don't need to change the so called,"corrupt government Corporate masters." We as citizens need to wake up, smell the coffee, and get back to work making stuff. If I ever get to be president of this once great nation, that's what i'll do, get america manufacturing again.
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The system hasn't worked for 200 years, it worked for a little over 100; once the industrial revolution was in full motion and only a handful of people were able to consolidate entire industries under their control, effectively ending the principle of perfect competition that is key to making Capitalism feasible, power shifted from the democratic rule of the majority, to the financial rule of the wealthy. If you don't believe me just look at where our elected representatives get most of their campaign contributions and then look at their voting history. Why did Senator Max Baucus fight so hard against healthcare reform? Because he received more campaign money from Health Insurance Industry Interests than any other member of congress. America is not by any definition a democracy anymore. Its a Plutarchy.

Fixing this country is going to take a hell of a lot more than just trying to make people go back to the manufacturing sector when countless other jobs pay better, have better security, and are more fulfilling (engineering, bio-chemestry, computer science, etc). We need to amend our Constitution to do one simple thing, Get Money out of Politics. No more private donations to Congressman by lobbyists, no more private donations during our election campaigns. Or at the very least, limit how much can be given.
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Irishman318 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
but do you understand?
manufacturing will aid the economy
Manufacturing will ensure competition to china
I'm not saying that we should get rid of jobs that do better than working at a factory, people have to make the schematics and blueprints for said foundations.
But protesting "the system" won't make anything get better.
An economy depends on the people, nothing more, nothing less.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Manufacturing will give people who've lost their jobs in the manufacturing sector their jobs back, but it won't grow the economy, or even keep up with population growth. And there is simply no way we'll be able to keep up with China if we try to compete with them with a manufacturing sector, that's just simple math. They'll always have more people than we will and therefore a proportional number will always top us in the manufacturing sector. If you want to grow the economy, and make this country better, you have to stop living in the past and move to adapt to new industries. Companies are simply not going to hire people for manufacturing anymore in the States. A lot are moving out of China as labor costs go up and coming back stateside, but they're automating because it costs less. Why on Earth would any company rely on humans to do the work when the long term cost of a machine is so much less?
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Irishman318 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
ANd you think protesting the system will make things better? That as much a joke as my solution. Heres a thing, use your state congressmen, they're there for a reason. Or, if your hell bent on protesting something, protest in front of the capital building! The only reason congress is in grid lock is because they think that we don't care, which we don't. Only 50% of the population votes on federal government positions. If you want change to happen, do those things, not what your doing now.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you admit your solution is a joke? Ok, that's all I needed to hear.
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Irishman318 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
It's at least better than what the feds are doing now, that's for sure.
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kingclumsy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Well put. Being opposed to Corporate greed and corruption =/= wanting to live off welfare nor socialist statism.

And yes the "we are the 53%" seems to be "I enjoy being screwed over," or "I don't want to be screwed over but are too scared/lazy to do anything about it,"

As for economic theory. I've only got a Batchelor degree in economics but if its taught me one thing, its that reasonably simple economic principles are far too specifically applied to the much more complicated and chaotic real world.
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Well done. The rich need to stop whining and pay their fair share.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well its more than that really, its about keeping our country competitive which simply cannot be done by relying exclusively on the ADD addled twitches of the free market; or cutting taxes until we're bleeding red ink.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Would switching back to keynesian economics help/solve the current economic problems or just make them worse, I'm asking since it helped get us out of the great depression and worked untill the 70's oil shocks from my understanding, I don't know a grart deal about how most economic systems work though other then the most basic stuff aka what makes capitalism capitalisim and communism communism, translation economics does my head in
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure. Keynesian theory stopped working in the 1970s mainly because much like Austrian economics it relies on the, frankly insane belief, that a country's economy is a closed system; something simply not true in a globalized economy. I think it would be a good way to fix many of our problems, but we cannot ignore the role of international competition.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it possible to protect a nations economy and still be open to competition, as in keep peoples jobs from been shiped over seas like what has happened with western companys taking advantage of cheap chinese and indian labor *which in all honesty I think is a betrayal of the people who made said companys rich and profitable in the first place*
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, if you protect a nation's economy by making your population more competitive. In terms of manufacturing Jobs? No, its basically impossible beyond public works and defense programs. As for the belief that a company betrays its workers by shipping their jobs to countries that will do the same work for less, I need only remind you that the point of a company is to make money, and anyone who believes otherwise is incredibly naive.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I diddn't mean it quite like that as I do understand that a company exist to make money I just feel that its not quite right to do so since often there is nothing left to replace the removed jobs qhich creates unemploment which lets indirectly to crime for some people. At some point in future is it likely that manufacturing will ever return to the west seeing how chinese and indian workers have slowly started to demand higher wages ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reason unemployment is so high is because there is no demand for manufacturing jobs. A lot of companies are pulling out of China (this got a lot of news remember), but job growth stayed where it is today, zilch to hamster farts. Why? Because the stimulus money that was handed out to create jobs, tax cuts and all, was used by the companies that got them to modernize and move towards automation, something they would have done eventually anyway, but the recession forced this trend to accelerate.
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Ah. Good point. I didn't think of that.
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You make a lot of sense. Unfortunatly, this is America where good ideas are not implicated.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, in the words of Churchill, "The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives."
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True.
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DarkSelfie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
"My mom never took more time off work than she needed, even to raise me and my sister..." I know that today, in most families, both parents find it necessary to work outside of the home, however, someone has to raise the children, even if it's a babysitter. Babysitting is a job, well so is being a full time mother, you're just not paid for your work. People who "do both", don't really do both, do they? Unless they work inside of the home to generate an income. All too often full time parents are looked down on, for choosing to raise their children full time, rather than let someone else do it, while they seek the higher paying wages(higher than that of the babysitter's, whose job is in fact more important). Is a babysitter a person better if they are paid to watch your children, as opposed to you being worse for watching them yourself? Nope.

I was very fortunate that my mother raised us until the last of my siblings was in Kindergarten, and my oldest sibling was able to watch her when she came home from Highschool. She did her best, as a full time homemaker when we were young, and we all sing her praises now as adults, having all turned out great because of her efforts.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lived next door to both my grandparents and my uncle, so we had that as an advantage.
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DarkDijinArtie89 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, my aunt and I are so totally living the high life on her unemployment... She doesn't have a bed to sleep, we barely can pay the bills half of the time, and I usually have to give up a lot of my college money to pay backed rent. Sure, my aunt has made some very stupid decisions, such as owning a very shitty gas-guzzling mini van, but this woman's state of health is very alarming because of all the work she did in the medical field... I don't even know if I can take care of her anymore...

And on top of that, I'm considered by most politicians to be a waste of money... I'm in the arts and music programs at school, I get good grades, I'm against the NCAA, and I use mass transit. Eh, I honestly don't know what to think of this country anymore.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finaly some ones puts into words what I'v been thinking for years (I'm a kiwi mind you). I hate it how most of the time when people (including me) try to discuss this stuff we get labeled communist, socialist and a whole lot of other labels by people that don't know what the fuck they are talking about. The rich make far more then others so they should pay more (within reason)
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here here. I hate how good ideas are labeled with that brand so the rich can continue their rule. If they keep it up, Bolshivick revolution here we come.
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LS-Jebus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate the attitudes of the Republican candidates I've seen on TV. The current platform seems to be increase the tax on the lower classes, decrease it on the richest, and remove corporate taxes and regulations. Them and Fox talk about taxing the 50% or so who don't pay taxes, yet those 50% don't pay because they are retired, disabled, unemployed, or make less than $20,000 a year. Why not tax homeless people? It's about as useful to the economy. Then they want to destroy institutions that help most Americans, such as medicaid and welfare, pretending that the poor are living the high life with their monthly cheques (which can't even cover rent). They also want to continue throwing money at corporations that pay less income tax than the poorest citizens or none at all.

I don't know why average Americans even vote for the Republicans these days. Their agenda seems to be severely skewed toward pleasing the rich while telling the rest to screw off.

I'd say Obama would be better, but he's been mostly inactive and has recently decided to abandon all hope. USA needs a third party.
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. And if there is a canidate the republicans have that would give Obama a good run for his money, besides the DERPs who vote the other party because they are not happy either way, they aren't going to push him because they don't appeal to Evangelical Christians and Oil Companies. I cannot stand Fox News's whole "The poor aren't poor and they don't pay taxes" Sales Tax anyone? They pay for that with their checks so why complain. I know how the poor are, and I am tired of rich people acting like they know us.
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Booyah! Let's face it, by and large everyone I know who is opposed to welfare or universal healthcare always turns out to be a complete and utter bastard.

Surely that must tell you something?
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PurplePhoneixStar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate to admit it, but that seems to be the overwhelming fact.
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zikedra Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
bang-on true!
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