Guest post: FDL, BSN
Occupy Wall Street
The OWS movement has spread. Cities around the globe have headlines and news feeds detailing the tent encampments and throngs of people protesting-something. It seems big-business and greedy bankers (the one-percenters) the financial ‘haves’ as opposed to us ‘have-nots’ are the targets.
This is my response:
Please Come Occupy in my Town
I live in a rural community whose version of ‘boom times’ meant
- Houses on the real estate market actually sold in less than a couple of years.
- Manufacturing jobs were available-if you got your GED or a technical degree.
- Unemployment dropped to the state average.
- Tax revenues increased.
- People planted annuals by their mailbox.
This prolonged recession has meant:
- Houses go on the market and stay there-many houses are silently for sale but folks have given up and taken the signs down.
- Manufacturing jobs are gone.
- Local unemployment is way above the national and state average
- Tax revenues and therefore municipal coffers are empty.
- Thank God for perennials-drought resistant….
That would mean we must have had a few:
- Greedy, successful businesses here.
- Fat-cat bankers buying luxury autos from our few remaining car dealers.
- Wealthy one percenters hanging out, eating at our restaurants, supporting the dry cleaners, buying stuff and generally taking advantage of all us regular folks.
As it is, no one around here wants to Occupy, or even protest. Maybe if you Occupy folks came, you would buy some gas, spend a little on food, and attract a little media attention. I know Matt Lauer or Brett Baier would want to stay in one of our empty hotel rooms.
That might increase our sales tax income…..whoo-hoo!
Better yet, all you one percenters who don’t feel welcome in your big cities any more,
Come on down!
You’re welcome to come here and spend your money. We won’t be jealous. We’ll roll out the red carpet.
Nope-no one here is worrying about Occupying anything.
We are busy doing what it takes to take care of our family. No whining, no blaming, just working our rear end off. We are enjoying a 5 minute drive to work. No lines to buy a sandwich. And no 8 buck Latte’s.
And glad to live in this free country.
As that great American, Forest Gump, says: “That’s all I have to say about that!”
FDL, BSN is a public health nurse, and a frequent guest poster.
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