Conservative Blog Answers 'the 99 Percent'

Friday, October 14, 2011

The rallying cry from Zuccotti Park has been — "We are the 99 percent" — essentially that 99 percent of the population has been disenfranchised by a slim minority. The phrase sparked a Tumblr blog where people tell their stories of despair in the economic downturn. But recently, another Tumblr blog has popped up that looks eerily similar to the 99 percenters. "We are the 53 percent" is a reference to the 52 percent of Americans who pay taxes. The blog is collecting stories from people who are frustrated by fellow citizens who the believe are asking for government handouts instead of working themselves.

Joshua Trevino is communications director for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and one of the co-founders of "We are the 53 Percent." Justin Stone Diaz is a protester at Occupy Wall Street.

Guests:

Justin Stone Diaz and Joshua Treviño

Comments [6]

justinstoned from Liberty Plaza

The irony is after the interview I reached out to Josh & it just got weird. Now because of the interview I am under constant attack on Twitter from #IamThe53 folks. I don't get why they (Tea Party & 53%) are so angry at #ows. Check my Twitter feed to see the weirdness that comes my way now.

Oct. 22 2011 01:49 AM
s doherty from CONNETICUT

WHY DO CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS HAVE BETTER RETIREMENT PLANS AND HEALTH CARE BENIFITS THAN THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT!!!

Oct. 17 2011 03:18 PM

The 1% is trying to divide 99% by claiming they are the 53%. They've done it before and succeeded, but I think it'll work this time. 99% has finally awaken!

Oct. 14 2011 01:52 PM
David Holden from Northampton MA

I heard much of the discussion this morning and was dismayed to hear constantly from the guest and the host that the 53% pay taxes and the 47% do not. The implication of this is that the less well off are not carrying any burden. This is not true. The 47% do not pay any standard federal income tax--in part because of earned tax credits (and changes to effective rates under G Bush's tax cuts, by the way). All people pay some taxes, especially sales taxes. Also payroll taxes, (Soc. Sec. and Medicare, e.g.), excise taxes and, if car owners, gasoline taxes. These often very regressive taxes can take a high proportion of low income earnings. The proponents of the 53% meme are trying to stoke undeserved resentment at the less fortunate among us. It was unfortunate that your show gave them more than one opportunity to perpetuate such misleading propaganda.

PS I like your show very much, so this criticism is offered in a constructive frame of mind.

Oct. 14 2011 09:55 AM
listener

It seems conservative bloggers are doing the job the mainstream media refuses to do.

Isn't it astonishing that there more immediate interest in who funds a new conservative blog expressing opinions but no interest in who funds a movement that is causing civil disruptions and mass arrests around the nation?

Oct. 14 2011 09:49 AM

It was refreshing to hear the contrast between Justin Stone Diaz from OWS and Joshua Trevino of the 53%. Justin appeared open-minded and inclusive - welcoming dialogue with all groups. Joshua on the other hand was derisive and critical, and his contempt was hard to miss. His comments just underscored for me the "Let them eat cake" attitude of the Tea Party and Republican right.

Oct. 14 2011 09:04 AM

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