If you want to understand the motivation of the 99% and the whole #Occupy movement, you need look no further than the Social Security Administration’s just-released data on 2010 paychecks. Avert your eyes, TeaOP, it’s data! You will not be able to comprehend it, so move on to the next post. Reuters has done a nice job building a little graph that shows not only the decline in take-home pay, but also the decline in employment levels.
It’s amazing to me that more people aren’t marching in the streets. As David Cay Johnston at Reuters observes,
The number of Americans with any work fell again last year, down by more than a half million from 2009 to less than 150.4 million.
More significantly, the number of people with any work has fallen by 5.2 million since 2007, when the worst recession since the Great Depression began, with a massive taxpayer bailout of Wall Street following in late 2008. This means 3.3 percent of people who had a job in 2007, or one in every 33, went all of 2010 without earning a dollar.
Where are the jobs, Governor Walker?
Where are the jobs, state legislators?
Where are the jobs Congress?
Where are the jobs, President Obama?
You will all be held to account in 2012. Each and every one of you.