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Letters to the Editor 10/28
Published 10/28/2011
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Columnist ignored the facts

Editor:

Rather than present a factual rebuttal to the Occupy Wall Street movement supporters in Seattle, columnist Ashley Fisher imagines a "typical" protester's characteristics.

This done, she states that the protesters are silly because only irresponsible people “choose” to be poor. There is no mention of the fact that unemployment has remained at 9.1 percent and higher for three years and that 6.2 million Americans have been without a job for more than 27 weeks (accounting for more than 44 percent of the unemployed). Nor is it mentioned that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are only 3.06 million job openings for the more than 9 million unemployed who are actively looking for work.

There is no mention of the fact that 9.3 million Americans are currently on part-time employment because their full-time hours have been cut back, or they were unable to find a full-time job.

There is no mention of the fact that the average student loan debt after graduation is $24,651, which 86.3 percent of students take on.

There is no mention that middle class wages have been largely stagnant and have decreased in real terms during the last decade, nor has the increase in the cost of living (especially housing) been mentioned.

Instead of using data to understand the malaise of the country and the fury of the Occupiers, Fisher prefers to live in her fantasy world where if people are poor and unfortunate, that is their problem.

Graham Dart
senior, music and economics

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