Make no mistake: Occupy Wall Street is NOT affiliated with Unions, MoveOn.org, or ANY Democratic or Republican Organization and are NOT affiliated with Adbusters, George Soros, Michael Moore, Buddy Roemer, Obama or his support network, ACORN, CPUSA or ANY candidate or politician.
We appreciate their members' individual support (as we would from anyone), but we are NOT affiliated with or funded by them in any way.
We are NOT in any way associated or affiliated with any Communist, Socialist or Marxist organization, and we are not the alternative to the tea party.
Let us be clear: We are NOT going to be forced into ANY partisanship or divisiveness.
You may be entrenched in your outdated partisan positions, but we are NOT.
We represent ALL of the 99%, and we're NOT being forced into taking sides. Our ONLY opponent is the 1% who control DC.
Back in the 1970s, the 99 percent were earning about 90 percent of income, for instance. The top 1 percent of households took a bigger share of overall income in 2007 than they did at any time since 1928.
In the most recent business cycle, from 2002 until 2007, two-thirds of all income gains went to the top 1 percent of households.
The top 1 percent saw their incomes increase more than 10 percent per year, adjusted for inflation.
The 99 percent saw their incomes increase a measly 1.3 percent per year.
And the trend goes back further. As noted by Tim Noah in his Slate.com series on inequality, from 1980 until 2005, the 99 percent saw just one-fifth of the overall gains in income.
According to data compiled by economist Edward Wolff in 2007, the 99 percent held about two-thirds of American wealth, meaning the top 1 percent has nearly one-third.
In short, inequality has increased in the past decade, leaving the 99 percent with smaller and smaller proportions of income and wealth.
Here's a graph that shows bank mergers since 1995: Judge for yourself whether this is a positive trend: http://imgur.com/byM2n