Economic Numbers

Some random numbers from recent polls of American citizens.

54% of Americans agree with the Occupy protesters.

73% of Americans want prosecutions of the Wall Street executives who brought on this crisis.

86% say that Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington D.C.

68% feel that the rich should pay more in taxes.

Are any of these polling numbers reflected in how your representatives in congress are acting? No. Then you're going to vote for someone else next election, right?

How do you feel about the whole economic upheaval of the last several years?
25% consider themselves to be "upset" about the financial mess.
45% are "concerned" about the country as a result of this crisis.
25% is just flat out "angry".
 3%  simply screamed at the question.
 2%  wept.

You've all seen the numbers about how much of the total wealth the top 1% have or how much that number has grown. But even stunningly shocking numbers are often not as compelling as words.

Total wealth of the top 0.5% of Americans is more than they will ever need in a hundred lifetimes.

Total net worth of the bottom 10% of Americans could double and still be below the poverty line - a disgraceful shame for the richest democracy in the history of humankind.

bridge to the Port of Oakland 11/2/11