Thursday, October 27, 2011
Posted by Zek J. Evets at 12:32 AM
Apparently our friends on the crazy-end of the political aisle have begun a new Tumblr dedicated to a concept called, We Are The 53%. Basically, it's an amalgamation of photos of statements made by random blaming poor people for being poor, for being lazy, for being in debt, and that everyone just needs to stop making bad choices.
Because yeah... the 99% TOTALLY caused the economic recession by providing unsound financial advice, giving out bad loans, defrauding employee pensions, lobbying for corporate loopholes, corrupting our political system, deregulating industries so they could engage in unrestrained greed, shipping jobs overseas while getting tax-breaks AND tax-incentives for being a supposedly "American company", and have generally avoided paying their fair share.
No, wait, that was actually the 1% people who did all that. Whoops! I'm sorry, but I guess you're wrong.
And as proverbial icing in this idiotic cake, these victim-blaming SOBs say that the 99% doesn't represent them... I'm sorry, but if you're the 53%, then you're covered by that 99%. In other words, 99% is more than 53%, so you're actually a part of that statistic, whether you like it or not. Seriously, are there any neoliberal neocon's who can understand basic math anymore? (This is what you get with No Child Left Behind.)
Among the many errors and logical fallacies, the photos on the offending Tumblr depict people who were on welfare saying people should stop asking for handouts. *Ironic, no?) Others say they couldn't afford to go to college, but they worked two jobs to take care of their kids and are happy making minimum wage. (Really? You like being poor for no reason at all?) And then another says his parents make 100k a year, combined income, but he'll pay for everything himself because he's not lazy. (Except for the fact that his parents paid for him for 18 years so he could even have the option of going to college -- so much for not being lazy!)
Luckily there's a great blog mocking the above idiocy with a carefully measured dose of ridicule, scorn, and captions. It's called, Actually You're The 47% and it makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside. Please go check it out.
Thank Geebus P Cryst for smart people who call bullshit on ignorance.