Letter: Occupy Wall Street Plans To Visit Weston

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WESTON, Conn. — The Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor. Letters may be e-mailed to weston@dailyvoice.com.

To the editor,

Most Americans believe there is something wrong with our country’s direction.

They’re right.

Inequality of Americans’ income and wealth between the bottom (the 99 percent), and the top (the 1 percent), is greater now than since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. One family in the United States (the Waltons) has a wealth of 69.7 billion , more than the bottom 30 percent of all in the U.S.

Warren Buffet, a billionaire, said ”There has been class warfare going on in the United States for the past 20 years, and my side has won.”

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize winning economist at Columbia University, said “We are a government of the 1 percent, by the 1 percent, and for the 1 percent.”

Our people still believe in the American Dream. They accept that some rise to the top. But when the game is stacked against them, they feel that is unfair. They saw the bankers bailed out, and their taxpayer dollars going to them as million-dollar bonuses. These same bankers caused them to face foreclosure on their homes.

The corporations, the bankers and the super-rich are corrupting our government by paying legislators to pass laws to keep them rich without regard to the people’s interest. They fund, also, defeat of the candidates who are opposed to their interests.

Discontent gave rise to Occupy Wall Street, a protest against the 1 percent and its strangle hold on our government, our politics, our jobs and our growth.

Occupy is coming to Weston, Conn., on Monday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m., at the Weston Public Library. We won’t be in tents, and we will be peaceful, but are planning to take back our government, and save our beloved country. We need your help.

Please come.

Keith Brooks, Weston

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What's your program, Keith; or is it just the old "Look at the big house, look at the little house" socialism?

Well said, samweston, thank you for taking the time to write that out.
Now if we could only get people to understand this, then perhaps our country could flourish again. Instead we seem to be on a one way Obama ticket to socialism.

The Occupy "movement" needs to go to Washington, DC and hang out at the White House. Weston, CT is not the place for socialism and Robin Hood-esque ideals. What happened to hard work and the American Dream? We have enough people getting hand outs in this country (47 million plus on food stamps). If we start taking more from the rich, we won't have any more wealthy people in America; they will either move out of the country or just stop working (ie. why should I keep busting my hump for some lazy people who just want to have their hand out?). King Obama wants trickle down government. That will never work in America. We need jobs in America, not cry baby, do-nothings like the Occupiers who just want to take and not give of themselves. Everyone complains about the 1%, but the 1% are the engines of the economy. If you work hard, you can become part of the 1%. And this is from a guy who is not even close to being in the 1%. Here's a great story to illustrate my point:

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7..

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.