Cincinnati, OH: We are the 99%. We are your neighbors and co-workers, the people you pass in the grocery store and on the street. We are underpaid, underemployed, overworked, overtaxed, underinsured, and underappreciated. We donít have a decent living wage; some of us don't have a wage at all. Our kids face a bleak future of large student loans and few, if any, employment prospects after college. We are frustrated by news of manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas, using our bailout money. We are angry about CEOs of big corporations receiving million-dollar bonuses and returning record corporate profits due to the influx of "bailout" money--money obtained from the hard work of average taxpayers. Many of us are upside down in our mortgages due to fraudulent business practices used by the same institutions we bailed out. Sadly, most of us are one to two paychecks away from financial ruin.
According to a recent CNN poll, 90% of Americans say that current economic conditions remain poor, with no end in sight. What unites these Americans? It is their discontent and frustration with current government and economic processes. It is their dissatisfaction at not being heard. Many Americans believe that government and corporate America are overdue for an immediate overhaul!
A new political party, The Occupation Party, is emerging from these frustrations. The Occupation Party believes that the needs of the average American are not being fully realized under the current political process and aims to restore the founding principles of our government. The Occupation Party believes that the only way to ensure that the American peopleís voice is heard is by fully engaging in the democratic process.
Are you one of the 99%? You are if you believe that we need transparency in government. You are if you want a better present and a better future for your kids. You are if you think that big business has been given a pass to continue with business as usual at the expense of the citizens. You are if you want a decent living wage. You are if you want corporations to equally share the tax burden. You are if you want access to the health care that the US was once world-renowned for providing. You are if you believe that Washington needs to listen to all citizens again. You are if you want a government of the People, for the People, and by the People. Itís time our voices were heard!
I guess the occupation is not over yet!