After listening to Obama’s State of the Union address, how can people continue to ask, what has Occupy done? Well one clear answer is, it has changed the conversation. Nothing is fixed when it is brushed under a rug. Of course, nothing is changed when our leaders seemingly hear our grievances and give the impression of solidarity only to then ignore those grievances and go on, business as usual. This is why Occupy must stay active and visible in the conversation.  

I still can’t decide if Obama is an ineffectual disappointment or a bold-faced liar. Is he full of big promises he’s powerless to keep or is he full of shit and pandering to the left only to then renege after climbing back into Wall Street’s bed. 

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The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

 Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

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