Saw a sign proclaiming membership in the 99%. Right. There's a way to distinguish yourself -- be exactly like everybody else, with no distinguishing features. Unexceptional. Common as dirt. Interchangeable, dispensible, forgettable and inconsequential. Like I said. Unexceptional.
Now, being part of the 1%. That would be something to talk about.
What happened to aspiration? People used to hope and work and plan to improve themselves, and wanted their kids to "have a better life." Observing that others were financially better off was seen as an indication of possibilities, not as evidence of injustice, as if somehow being wealthy was criminal, res ipsa loquitur.
The fact is, the social commentariat who've designed this "eat the rich", "the rich need to pay their fair share" nonsense, and this 99%/1% societal division are really telling you that any aspirations you may have are delusions, that in fact, you are fated to be -- nothing much. Don't aspire to improve your lot; it can't be done. Hope is not for such as us, because the rich have stolen it. Your destiny is fixed, and you are looking at it right now.
So. Your continued survival and safe membership in the 99% requires you to demand that more tax money be extracted from the people who still have it, so that it can be distributed to the corporations, unions, and cronies who fund election campaigns.
Hey folks. It wasn't your wealth that was stolen by the rich. What has been stolen is the belief that a person might become exceptional by application of the traditional middle class values - work, study, saving, planning, investing in the future. Because if you don't believe that, if you don't believe you can make a difference, then there is no hope for you and you might as well sell your vote in exchange for fine sounding words empty of meaning, and settle in to life of relentless envy and unrewarding bitterness that comes with the conviction that the rich get richer and the game is rigged to keep poor people poor.
Welcome to the proletariat.