I am a public school teacher, but I choose not to hate or envy those whose hard work and innovation have brought them greater wealth than I have. They have taken nothing from me. My life is the result of my choices. Each of us is responsible for dealing with and improving our own circumstances.
My house is only worth 1/3 of what I’m paying for it, but I will not scapegoat a small group of people whose work is related to New York’s financial district. I will not associate the illegal malfeasance of a very few with the wealthy population in general–such prejudiced thinking has always led to atrocities. Many of our country’s economic problems were caused by the reckless buying and poor preparation among us in the middle class, anyway. It’s time we grew up and admitted it.
I’ve had difficulty paying bills on time and providing for my family, but I do not feel entitled to demand that wealthier people are obligated to bail me out. This is a free country, and we believe in private property.
I have had student loans in the five figures. I paid them off by budgeting and sacrificing. Nobody forced me to take out those loans, and nobody else was responsible for paying them back.
I pay no income taxes, yet I benefit from public services. I will not have the gall to impose upon the wealthy a convenient vision of what they “must” provide for others. There is no such thing as an objective “fair share.”
I am the 99%, but I support the 1%.