We did not pay Federal income tax when we were too young, too old, or too poor. When we lost our job, our home, or got sick.
We aren't "freeloaders." We kept working. We just wanted a fair chance.
Some of us fought our way into the middle class. But we didn't do it alone.
The government gave us tax money for our kids, for our education, for our mortgages.
The government gave us veterans benefits for education, retirement, and lifetime healthcare.
NONE of us have always paid income tax.
But ALL of us have been helped by a society that keeps the rules fair and helps its citizens succeed.
We will not "suck it up."
We are not the 53%.
We are Americans.
Photo with 2 notesFlyer thrown from the Chicago Board of Trade:
We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Collateralized Debt Obligations are not work. They are gambling. They are hypothetical pieces of fake paper, bought with your mortgage, with your 401k, with your pension, with your business loan, with your kid’s college fund.
They took your money. The money that you worked for. The money you trusted them to save and invest. And they gambled it away.
If a plumber robbed your house, they would have to pay.
If a mechanic stole your car, they would have pay.
Now that they stand publicly accused of their betrayal, they are not remorseful. They are not contrite in the face of their total failure. Now, they threaten to come for you.