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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
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.
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

YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your loyalty to your masters is adorable.
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
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure you do kid.
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%.
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.
NazjaRaj Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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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