I spent some time on the site and I am sensing a misinterpretation there. Why set yourselves apart to stand together? Most of the posters identify as part of the 1%, but merely making over 100k a year and going to Disney World “often” does not qualify you for the socio-economic elite. Nor does inheriting 300k and a couple of homes. 1% means exorbitant wealth, the kind of wealth that moves governments. The Johnson family that runs Johnson & Johnson – they might be 1% ers. Board members of Goldman-Sachs and their families might be 1% ers. Some of the members of the Citigroup or Lockheed-Martin boards may be 1% ers. The economic wiseguys who swindled the TARP bailouts out of our citizens’ treasury may be 1% ers. But the bulk of people on this site are upper middle class consumers who are identifying with shot-calling heavyweight banking and industrialist families which have been entrenched in our system for generations.
To the people of the We stand with the 99% website, I say: “Thank you for standing with the 99%. You have been here all along.”
If you are the comfortable progeny of hard working immigrants or you’ve got a baby with first rate health care and an early college fund, that does not make you part of the 1%. It makes you an American middle class success story. You have had precisely the sort of opportunities which the Occupy Wall Street movement is trying to preserve. Your support is most welcome, and needed.
If your family put you through college without letting you get saddled with debt, or you travel the world on your family’s money, you probably aren’t part of the 1%. You are part of the 99% in denial. This website appears to be filled with people who belong to the disappearing middle class, and are maybe a little bit nervous that they are soon to become as broke as almost everyone else – because the actual 1% is robbing them, too.