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We Are the 99.9%


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Kit
- 1010 days ago - nytimes.com
"We are the 99 percent" is a great slogan. It correctly defines the issue as being the middle class versus the elite (as opposed to the middle class versus the poor).



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Past Member (0)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 10:04 am
i wonder if the .01 % ers would consider raising wages to a livable wage instead of having their taxes raised :P

interesting idea :)
 

Lilith Cohen (202)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 12:41 pm
Top 1 Percent - How much do they earn? (Click Here)
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 1:09 pm

The article clearly addresses the highest level of the wealthy, the 0.1% and directs the entire discussion to how these "job creators" do not create jobs. As for the 1-5% of top wealthy they are not earners, one must actually work to earn. Manipulations of the market and draining the life blood of the economy and society is not earning.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 1:37 pm
how well put !!
 

Yvonne White (231)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 2:09 pm
Money Launderers move the money around & pretend they "work"..Being Paid to be a Gambler is very Cowboy-chic, but I Can't Afford to Gamble & WE shouldn't have to pay for it!:(
 

Lilith Cohen (202)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 2:34 pm

Who are the one tenth of one percent? Click Here)

Many of these people have been substantial U.S. job creators.

 

Jelica R. (157)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 4:38 pm
Depends of how you describe "substantial". 3 of top 10 are Waltons, owners of cca 48% Wal-Mart shares. They have $66,5 B combined. From what I know, Wal-Mart job is hardly a godsend ticket for a better life.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:42 pm
Good Post! Thanks!
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 2:07 pm

Jelica - wish I could send another star. Walmart is a plague on the US economy.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 2:08 pm
that's us!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:23 pm
Many and many a year they invested in finding a way to eliminate the middle class.

Only two classes do they want, rich (them) and poor for "them" to live off of.....
 

Shoba Daniels (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 10:59 pm
WOW
 

Craig Pittman (45)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:31 am
Well stated. This clearly defines the unacceptable disparity in our society. We need to keep the outrage and momentum moving forward .
Great article Cal.
 

Esther Z. (101)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:40 am
Noted. The only thing you can say about these "job creators" is that they're very good at creating low paying, uninsured with no benefits part time work. Hardly the jobs to create or sustain a middle class.
 

Lilith Cohen (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:50 am
Not so Esther. Look at the facts as opposed to what this radical leftist article would have you believe. The founders of Google and Microsoft are in this so called .1% for example. Their employes have fine wages and benefits. And much to the chagrin of this article poster, a number of their employees have joined the ranks of the wealthy.
 

Val R. (239)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:09 pm
Esther - you took the words out of my mouth - Lilith - of course the founders of Google and Microsoft can afford to pay decent wages but Walmart hires people and makes sure that they never have full-time and make minimum wage - people cannot afford to live on minimal wage - and the "regular 99% - are regular people - and it seems the more education you have these days the more over-qualified you are for a job - so your comment is negated. Plus your continual harassment of Kit and getting off the topic is getting tiresome.
 

Lilith Cohen (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:18 pm
Val you are way off base. Walmart pays low wages to compete in the market place. If Obama would address our trade problems we wouldn't have situations like that. Do your homework next time before commenting.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 7:03 pm
I'd say that Wal-Mart pays low wages so their share-holders can pick up a nice dividend. And let's not forget their longstanding anti-union agenda.

Walmart is powerful…

1 -- Walmart’s rank (PDF) as employer of retail workers and rank in size of private U.S. employers

$408.2 billion -- Walmart’s 2010 revenue as the number one Fortune 100 company

But America is paying the price…

196,000 -- Number of U.S. jobs lost from 2001-2006 as a result of Walmart’s imports from China

11% -- Conservative estimate of percentage of Walmart’s share of U.S. Trade Deficit with China

$8.8 million -- Cost to Massachusetts of Walmart associates using publicly subsidized health care in 2009

$1 billion -- Cost to nation if public safety net use by Walmart associates in Massachusetts is adjusted nationwide /*1
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/*1. Figure is a calculation of the percentage of Massachusetts Walmart associates receiving subsidized care (42%), applied to the 1.4 million associates in the United States, at the cost to Massachusetts per each associate ($1,753.00) receiving aid. Using the data from Massachusetts for 2009 found the percentage of Associates using publicly subsidized care. Percentage is 42%. Then applied this to the entire Walmart workforce to determine number of Associates nationally who would receive publicly subsidized care using the rate in Massachusetts. From the Massachusetts data found the per Associate cost by dividing the total cost of providing subsidized care in MA to Associates by the number of MA Associates receiving subsidized care. This yielded a per Associate cost of $1,753. Multiplied that by 42% of Walmart’s total US workforce (1.4 million). Results in $1 billion.

What about medieval gender discrimination? Is it a pro-jobs politic?

Wal-Mart: The Facts

•Nearly three-quarters of a million women work as "sales associates" in Wal-Mart stores. On average these women earn $6.10 per hour, or $12,688 per year if they are permitted to work full-time. This wage puts many of their families below the poverty level — half even qualify for federal assistance under the food stamp program.
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 3:56 am
Thanks for the article.
 
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