By Danette Clark December 11, 2011
We are the 99% quickly became the political slogan of Occupy protesters from the movement’s inception. The phrase reportedly originated with a tumblr blog in support of the Occupy movement. However, the motivation behind the slogan very well could have come from a Vanity Fair article written by George Soros-funded economist, Joseph Stiglitz, titled “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%.” In the article, Stiglitz writes that America’s top 1% will come to regret their wealth when they learn that “their fate is bound up with how the other 99% live.”
Sounds like a rallying cry for a movement, doesn’t it?
Stiglitz, who advocates for a “new economic world order no longer dominated by 1 superpower,” taught a course to Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York and has addressed protesters in Egypt, Tunisia, and Spain.
The 99% slogan has struck a nerve with many Americans who feel the Occupy movement shouldn’t and doesn’t speak for them. Thanks to Redstate.com founder, Erick Erickson, those Americans have a place to tell their story and represent themselves as part of the 53% of Americans who pay federal income tax; the 53% that pay for entitlement programs that many Occupiers collect but say isn’t enough.
Check out the We Are the 53% webpage here.
These are the people who keep this country going while the Occupy movement, with support from the Obama administration, tries to shut down Wall Street and the corporations that provide jobs to the 53%.