Helping the helpless, but who will help me?
Did you think Social Work majors got rich or something?? You should’ve majored in accounting or finance or engineering or law. You’re the one that chose a major that led to a career that doesn’t pay well. Because your job, while a noble cause, requires no skilled labor. Labor supply high + Labor demand constant = lower wages.
The disastrous fucking idiocy behind you assholes’ line of thinking is that the 99% want to get rich without working. We don’t. We want fairness. And your advice for everyone in the fucking country to get MBA’s and become financiers? You do realize that if everyone in the country goes to work in law firms and banks, that that’s lunacy, right? Politicians and banks cannot get facetime on television or ads in papers and magazines without Fine Arts Majors and Communications Majors. Homes and buildings of all kinds don’t fall out of the sky-they need the skill, talent, and knowledge not just of engineers, but of artists, architects, and interior designers. The elderly, the children, the mentally ill and developmentally disabled cannot receive help and care without devoted mental health counselors, psychologists, and social workers. None of these people want to be the 1%, or want to be rolling in green. They want to contribute meaningfully to the society they live in, and want there to not BE a 1%. There’s no reason that a banking CEO should get a 5.15 MILLION DOLLAR SEVERANCE PACKAGE while nurses taking care of their sick relatives, educators teaching their children, and the secretaries who do all of their bullshit paper-pushing are facing homelessness. THAT’S what’s being protested.
You fucking imbeciles think that the solution is to just get internships and work 100+ hours a week, see your family NEVER, and buck up. You think the end result is just money in the bank. And by that, I’ve reached the conclusion that you don’t have enough brain cells in your skull to understand the message of the 99%. Which is that banks do not run this country-people do. Because the days that the banks and law firms are closed, you still need people to serve you food in restaurants, sell you things, grow and harvest your vegetables, build the furniture that goes into your home, and provide care for your tired, your sick, your poor. That doesn’t stop because the economy does.
And the 99% are not asking for McMansions or for everything to be handed to them. They’re asking to not be put out on the streets for pursuing work and pursuing specialized education to do precisely as such to find that there are no jobs. They are angry that they grew up listening to the government say that the ticket to success is to get a college degree, ANY college degree, and now that they have, not only are there no jobs and the GOP is dragging its feet to help create jobs (only because they don’t like Obama-if Bush put it forward they would masturbate collectively on it and sign it with their blood, no doubt), and that they are being punished financially for doing precisely what was expected of them. If you graduate with your MBA and you can’t find work, you will quickly find yourself among us, and I can bet you will change your tune quite quickly.
Your easy answer for everyone to pick an accounting or business major? Horseshit.
Because you know what? I chose to major in Psychology and Spanish. My family and I were lucky enough to be able to pay for most of my college and graduate school so that I could be a mental health counselor and have the added advantage of being able t speak Spanish (and teach both should I need to). There is plenty need for mental health practitioners, but the government is cutting spending to nonprofit programs to help the mentally ill and developmentally disabled who can’t get care without them-so even though I’ve applied for over 200 jobs in the last year, with a near-perfect GPA from two excellent private schools and lots of internship experience in my field, I can’t find a job within 100 miles of my house. And I’ve applied for tons of waitressing and retail positions to be told I’m too over-educated and they’re afraid of turnover. How did I “earn” that fate? I chose a relevant field where there is need and potential for growth-but because I graduated into this bullshit political climate, I should just suck it up?
So even though I chose a field where there is desperate need and a population to be served, I can’t get a job. I’m financially secure living in my parents’ home right now, worrying about my student loan payments but otherwise OK.
But you’re a fucking idiot if you think that the 99%’s problem is that they chose to specialize in fields that actually benefit society in direct ways by providing service, enriching culture or doing something that you otherwise take for granted in your privileged life.
And this is what’s wrong with our country right now.
I already told you that your career choice is a noble cause. We need more people like you in that regard. But the barriers to entry are lower than most. Clinical psych they’re a bit higher…but as for the aforementioned Fine Arts & Communications majors, you do have to realize that their jobs require lower qualifications and less-tangible skills.
So since there are many people who can put together creative ads, there’s only a handful of people who know how the correct partial differential equations to structure CDOs. Whether those quants are more useful to society is up for debate, but I don’t think you’ll ever be able to get the government or Wall Street to change the pay of these fine arts majors to be the same as Finance Ph.D’s, because compensation for these jobs is very much based on the supply & demand for labor in each field. A crowded labor market for artists, musicians, etc, for example, will drive down compensation, while there will be much less wage elasticity among biochemical engineers, or FX structurers, or hedge fund attorneys, just because of the lack of supply of labor in the field.
Staying in school to avoid loan repayments will not last forever! I must have a future, I am the 99%.
If you have a good job your loans wont last forever
haha okay bro. my father has a degree in biochemistry from one of the top universities in the country, graduated from one of the top medical schools in the country, is an orthopedic surgeon in one of the largest hospital systems in the midwest and is STILL paying off his student loans. good job =/= automatic debt forgiveness.
Yeah dude but med school is expensive. There’s nothing wrong with having student loans as long as you get a good job like your dad did and pay them off in good time. If he’s in his mid 40’s+ or something though, then that’s really strange if he’s paying off student loans.
If the advice you took was “Get A’s and a college degree” then you’re pretty fucked. You need to get a worthwhile degree (engineering, biology, economics?) and have internship experience. Welcome to the real world, where shit is competitive.
“They” never promised you anything. And if you’re unemployed already, how can unemployment rates really affect you? Lol.
I have a degree in Economics, so I’ll let you know that the unemployment rate most likely will remain 7% to 10% from now until the end of 2013.
I am a college student. I will graduate in less than 18 months. Thankfully, I will leave college free of debt, unlike the majority of my peers. I am scared of what comes next. Being broke is part of the college experience. Now it seems to be a part of the American experience. I probably won’t get a job that my degree is supposed to help me get, even though I have a 3.4 GPA and activities and community service I can put on my resume.
Most of my friends who are done with school make less than $10/hr. as baristas, backbacks, waiters, and dog walkers. They are losing hope at the time in their lives when they should be full of hope. They tell me that their dreams started to fade the moment they took off their caps and gowns. I will be joining their ranks after I graduate. My generation is terrified by the thought of what this world is going to look like once our parents’ generation leaves us to pick up the pieces.
I am sick of seeing the youth of America stand by while the Wall Street oligarchs destroy our future! Our dreams are too valuable to waste. They will inspire a true change that we all need. I will be on the streets because I WANT THE FUTURE AMERICA PROMISED ME.
I AM THE 99%
Haha you’re probably an art major or something. But seriously dude, when did America promise you anything? You’re given the pursuit of happiness, not the promise of socialism.
You dont need medication dude just stop cutting yourself and eat something.
I’m only 16, but I know I’ll have problems when I’m older.
My mom works just above minimum wage and barely makes enough to pay rent, let alone the mortgage on our house that won’t sell. It’s about to foreclose. We can’t live there because the bills are too much. I’m the only family my mom has. All of her family is dead. She has mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. She can’t afford her medicine.
My dad owes thousands to the IRS due to things my mom did when they were married. He can barely pay his mortgage. He can’t pay child support. He can’t afford to let me get my dental work done because he has heart disease, and if anything happens, he needs the insurance money.
My grandpa has severe lung and liver cancer. He doesn’t have much longer. They can’t pay the medical bills.
As for me, I’m an honor student at one of the best high schools in the country. I could be going to almost any college I want, but I’ll end up at state college because my mom spent my college funds (due to her mental illnesses) on a $20,000 bracelet and a $20,000 ring. I don’t know where they went. I want to get my PhD, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know who to turn to. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I’m scared. I’m going crazy. My mom’s already there. I need help. I can’t do it on my own.
We are the 99%. Occupy Wall Street.
Dude the best high schools in the country are private and cost 20k+ per year. Just saying.
We are the 99%
Were your parents art majors or theatre majors? Lol
I know I have friends/family who don’t get the 99% movement. I admit I’m not as knowledgeable as I should be. But let me put this in a real-life scenario for you: Congress just passed a law that allows PIZZA to be counted as a VEGETABLE in public school lunches. We are facing an epidemic of childhood obesity. Our children are the first generation to have a lower mortality rate than their parents.
AND OUR CORPORATE-RUN “DEMOCRACY” IS KILLING THEM.
I am disgusted. I am the 99%.
WTF does pizza being considered a vegetable have to do with corruption on Wall Street? you people need to stop searching for scapegoats. if your kids are fat, it’s your fault. not an investment banker’s.
I am the 1%
I worked hard in high school, got a full scholarship, and attended a good university. I have 3 majors, and take 21 credit hours per semester. I get straight A’s because I study over 50 hours a week and I actually study on weekend nights. I am the 1%. I also networked a lot and managed to land two internships: one with a large investment bank this summer, and now I currently work at a hedge fund, on top of my 21 credit hours. I may not sleep much, but I refuse to blame others for my problems, or to give up on my quest to make a good life for myself. I never expected anything from the government, and I never blamed the investment banks on any of my problems. Maybe it’s because I understand how they work, or maybe it’s because I understand that they are good people who are trying to make a good living just like the rest of us. I also know that everyone who works on Wall Street is much more intelligent than everyone in the “99 percent” and that they worked 100+ hours a week out of college to pay off their student loans. As soon as they did, if they were even able to living in Manhattan, they went back for an MBA.
The average investment banker graduates with an MBA at age 28 with over $100,000 in debt. So while you’re mad that the government won’t subsidize you to fingerpaint with your BFA and a low GPA, remember that there’s someone out there who’s still in debt at age 30 with a BS and MBA from Harvard with Honors, who has worked more hours in a week that you could ever fathom. But at least they know what America is all about. The pursuit of happiness. Not the subsidy of happiness, not the gift of happiness…the free ability to pursue your goals, and to aspire to be rich in the future if that is what you desire, or to pursue whatever other goal you might have.
Every 99% post I’ve seen is about how people are in debt and unemployed. Guess what: many investment bankers were laid off in 2008, and have continued to be unemployed. Even Ph.D’s have struggled to find work as quants. Bank of America is firing commercial bankers. Most bulge brackets are on hiring freezes. Unemployment is even worse in the finance world than the rest of society, but you all are too ignorant to realize that.