This is wonderful. I don’t really care what side of the debate you are on, the fact that people recognize they were born into a good situation and have the inherent want to give back makes me feel good all over.
“Called ‘We Are the 1 Percent,’ the new site piggybacks off the blog ‘We Are the 99 Percent,’ on which Americans having a hard time during the recession sound off about exactly how the financial industry and particular government machinations have caused them to lose their jobs, their homes, their sanity. We Are the 1 Percent is a bit different. While the goal is still the same—to support the elimination of income inequality in the United States—the blog’s entries are made up entirely of contributions from the super-rich. Some of the contributors inherited their money, others made a killing on the stock market, but all of them agree that it’s time to redistribute some of their fortunes to others in need.
As unlikely as it may seem at times, it turns out some people use their silver spoons to feed the world.” (GOOD)
I flip through these and realize that while I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth - I’m extremely fortunate and pretty close to these 1% people. I racked up some debt when I got laid off. Grad school for me was NOT paid for (uuhhhg student loans!). But, I survived because my family could float me some support when I needed it. I didn’t have to take a job I hated because I had a safety net under me. I was able to still go get drinks with my friends while I job searched. I wasn’t destitute.
I think this is a great example of democracy. People rally together and cry out for change, and here’s one of their targets showing that they are listening.