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abelenkpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:14 PM
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Open Letter to that 53% Guy: Daily Kos
Open Letter to that 53% Guy: Daily Kos

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/12/1025555/-Open-...
In the picture, youre holding up a sheet of paper that says:

I am a former Marine.
I work two jobs.
I dont have health insurance.
I worked 60-70 hours a week for 8 years to pay my way through college.
I havent had 4 consecutive days off in over 4 years.
But I dont blame Wall Street.
Suck it up you whiners.
I am the 53%.
God bless the USA!

I wanted to respond to you as a liberal.

(snip)I understand your pride in what youve accomplished, but I want to ask you something.

Do you really want the bar set this high? Do you really want to live in a society where just getting by requires a person to hold down two jobs and work 60 to 70 hours a week? Is that your idea of the American Dream?

Do you really want to spend the rest of your life working two jobs and 60 to 70 hours a week? Do you think you can? Because, let me tell you, kid, thats not going to be as easy when youre 50 as it was when you were 20.

And what happens if you get sick? You say you dont have health insurance, but since youre a veteran I assume you have some government-provided health care through the VA system. I know my father, a Vietnam-era veteran of the Air Force, still gets most of his medical needs met through the VA, but I dont know what your situation is. But even if you have access to health care, it doesnt mean disease or injury might not interfere with your ability to put in those 60- to 70-hour work weeks.

(more at link)

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lunasun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:41 PM
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1. people gave there lives here and in Europe for a 8 hr workday and wkend off
Edited on Fri Oct-14-11 12:47 PM by lunasun
Before that the average work day could be 12 - 16 hr., 7/7 and your minor child was out on a job too

I guess I am glad I was raised in Chicago,IL where there is so much labor history and testament to those who fought and were killed in workers rights movements. The fair labor act is less than 100 yrs old and with dupes like this it may not make it a century.

All I can say to this guy is ...if this is what you are proud of you are a sucker!


You and your masters are mighty proud of you,but do not expect a reward pup.

Your masters most likely don't share the goods since neither will give you a full time job with benies @ a decent working wage so you need two
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FarLeftFist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:53 PM
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2. K&R! Great full article. Thanks for the link.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 12:56 PM
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3. "But I don't blame Wall Street...because I'm a SUCKER and a glutton for punishment!"
I love being shat upon. Please sir, may I have another?
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abelenkpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 02:01 PM
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6. my thoughts exactly! nt
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 07:55 AM
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8. LOL, I make myself chuckle sometimes.
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FarLeftFist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 01:03 PM
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4. I like the author of that articles writing style, he has a blog entry titled
"Why I won't be contributing to Alan Grayson"

And then goes on to explain it's because his mother has no health insurance, is sick, and he has to possibly go bankrupt paying her medical bills. He loves Grayson and stands with Grayson and even thanks Grayson numerous times but can't afford to contribute due to medical bills. Nice twist.
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abelenkpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 02:01 PM
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5. Sadly I don't think he's alone in that
So many dems and progressives used to get money from small donors but the economy is crushing them. Makes me think of that protestor who had the sign "I can't afford to buy a politician so I wrote this sign"....or something like that.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 02:02 PM
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7. K&R!
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