To the Editor:
Most Americans believe there is something wrong with our country’s direction.
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, Connecticut, 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.