I Am The 1% – College Student Edition

After finding the outstanding We Are Wall Street flyer and posting it, I started looking around for more pushback against the Occupy Wall Street protests.  Here is a college student that gets it… America is exceptional and opportunity is out there for those willing to actually work for it.  Success it a reward not a right.

(Hat tip to Truth, Justice and the American Way on Facebook. Thanks)

Here is the text for easier reading.  Any typos are from the original.

I am a college senior, about to graduate completely debt free.

I pay for all of my living expenses by working 30+ hrs a week making barely above minimum wage.

I chose a moderately prices, in-state public university & started saving $ for school at age 17.

I got decent grades in high school & received 2 scholarships which cover 90% of my tuition.

I currently have a 3.8 GPA.

I live comfortably in a cheap apt., knowing I can’t have everything I want.  I don’t eat out every day, or even once a month.  I have no credit card, new car, iPad or smart phone – and I’m perfectly OK with that.  If I did have debt, I would not blame Wall St. or the government for my own bad decisions.

I live below my means to continue saving for the future.

I expect nothing to be handed to me, and will continue to work my @$$ off for everything I have.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.

I am NOT the 99% and whether or not you are is your decision.

5 responses to “I Am The 1% – College Student Edition

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  2. Well, despite your great ability to save and manage your money well, I feel as if you’re missing the point of OWS. It’s about the influence that big corporations and banks have on the political system and those in office. Also, the economic meltdown/housing crisis could have easily been avoided if the big-boys on Wall-Street hadn’t approved loans for people that couldn’t afford them. When a person goes to the bank to get a loan, it’s the bank’s decision to approve or decline. Where does that responsibility lie? With the people pushing for these loans to be approved–the execs at the top that just wanted all the money they could get. Outside of this, the influence that these corporations have on political decisions is beyond belief. Wanna know why renewable energy for cars isn’t pursued more effectively? Because oil companies and car companies have a deal where they cut each other breaks for creating cars that run on oil. Both of these companies back political parties or candidates. Why is seafood at an ultimate low throughout the world? Because the fishing corps “donate” money to the ruling board. This type of bargaining and backing influences political agenda.

    So, while there are those out there at the protests making it about poverty and such, there’s the real agenda out there too.

    • Well, follow the money even farther. In ’94 federal regulators made new rules that required financial institutions to make those risky loans if they still wanted to participate in Fannie and Freddie (government monopolies). Without the secondary markets that government controlled, banks would have no one to sell the loans to and therefor no way to make new loans. Regulators said it was about ensuring that everyone that wanted to buy a house could buy a house. The problem is that they took the ability to pay out of the equation. Banks don’t make loans that they know wont be paid back unless they can make the money up elsewhere. The politicians threatened to turn off the taps so better to make the bad loans and lose a little money versus not being able to make money at all. No one looked down the road to the thousands of bad loans and the crisis their default would cause. The politicians only wanted to be able to go out and proclaim that they were responsible for getting you your home – even if you couldn’t afford it. It was just another way to buy votes.

  3. Wow… This is so beyond obviously photo shopped… are you kidding me? lmoa