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There’s something almost mystic about the numbers.
We call 911 when we’re in trouble. America remembers – and avenges 9/11. Herman Cain had 9-9-9.
Now the numbers have a new political significance: the 99 percent and the 1 percent.
People who say the Occupy movement had little impact miss how it imprinted the 99-1 concept on our politics.
The Tea Party was the energy behind the 2010 elections. The 99 and the 1 may fuel the 2012 election.
Yes, people are still angry about government. But the anger now seems to be shifting to people who have made out well in businesses that other people love to hate – and love to blame for the recession and for economic inequality.
America has a long history of oscillating politically between anti-government and anti-business. Maybe now we’re just both.


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2 comments on “99 to 1

  1. Carbine says:

    The problem with that analysis is that for every ‘one’ protesting no-goodnick laying around in the park, there are ninety-nine hard-working, taxpaying citizens who understand that there will be no new jobs unless and until the government quits attacking businesses and GETS OUT OF THE WAY.

  2. dap916 says:

    Ah yes, the OWS movement. I was wondering how long it would take before the left-leaners on various blogsites started saying that these protests are going to change the political dynamic in America (in favor of the democrats, of course).

    Problem is, just so many of these OWS sites no longer exist and even some that do still exist are just small bands of suspect individuals. I mean, how many is it now? 8 murders and how many rapes? How much is it costing taxpayers to clean up after these folks? These “tent cities” didn’t have bathrooms so…….YUK !

    This was pretty much a flash-in-the-pan thing. Sure, there’ll be some protests here and there with very little coverage by the press unless there’s some rocks thrown or some folks are arrested or worse. In any case, it’s not going to change anything in any meaningful way politically in the U.S.

    These people’s biggest mistake was that they were protesting the wrong element. It should have been “Occupy Government”.

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