I’ve been trying to come with a “take” on this whole “Occupy Wall Street” thing, and I really haven’t been able to. I get that people are upset at the economy, but I struggle to see how our nations economic problems, are the responsibility of the richest 1% of our nation. Who arbitrarily decided that it was the top 1% and not the top 2%?! That kind of thinking makes me insane – I really think it should be the top 2% and I’m not joining their movement until someone changes that! But seriously, who decided that? No one really ever asks that – they just break down the fence and start following the heard and yelling what ever chant the guy/girl in front of them is yelling and pretty soon we have a movement! “Hell no, we won’t go!”
Here’s my issue – I’m not anywhere close to the top 1% – wish I was – come to work everyday working hard to get there – I mean, I’m a scorecard guy – and the Top 1% seems like the winners, and I hate losing. Now, I could go around and see if someone would change the rules and give me a bunch of money from the Top 1%, but that seems very, well, un-American. I would rather get there myself – pull up my bootstraps, batten down the hatches, rub some dirt on it, and all that grandfatherly advice type stuff. I want to make it on my own, and I work hard each and every day to try and make that happen.
If I didn’t have this job, right now – would I feel different? Don’t know that – I’m not in that position. I have been without a job, though, before. You want to know what I did? I worked 24 hours a day, to get another one! I’ve had to take steps back, to move forward – I’ve been down and had to pick myself up – in all of those times – I never spent a minute thinking – well – if only those rich bastards would pay more in taxes – I could get more unemployment, or maybe even a job or anything else. I’m responsible for me – not some rich person who I don’t even know.
I work in a career, and in a company – that everyday we have to work. Everyday I face the real possibility of losing income, if we don’t keep working, taking care of our clients, getting new clients, and basically out working our competition. Each morning I choose to get up, come to work and “occupy my cube” (I actually have an office – but I’ve had a cube, no real big difference). It’s not that I don’t support the “Occupy Wall St.” folks – it’s just that I don’t understand them.