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  1. Cheesestick says

    Reminds me of something else.  Several years ago a blogger went to a big global warming conference in northern California I think.  In the parking lot of the event, they took pics of one SUV after another after another.  There were literally no fuel-conscious cars in the whole lot.  

  2. says

     
    The 99% is a state of mind….so long as you wear blouses worth less than Ann Romney’s, you “feel like” you’re not part of the 1%, so you’re not.

  3. MacG says

    The Lexus owner may feel like he (note sexist language) is in the 99% because his check book is tight due to over paying for transportation to impress people he could not care less about.

  4. MacG says

    It could also all some poor high schooler’s parent could afford to give him on hjis 16th birthday.  Oh, the humanity! The shame! A used Lexus in a sea of new beemers at the local HS…Woe is me…

  5. lee says

    In all fairness, I do know someone in Marin who drives a Lexus AND is 99%-er. Though she would NEVER call herself that, and NEVER put that bumper sticker on her car. She’s a Tea Partier.

    And she probably reads Bookworm Room on a regular basis.  Hi, former co-worker! How y’doin’?

    • says

      Strictly speaking, Lee, 99% of us are in the 99% — which is why I’ve always thought it was a ridiculous slogan, or idea, or whatever else it is. Certainly, though, it’s understood to mean “poor.” And even used, a Lexus still screams “not poor.”

      By the way, this reminds me that Jon Lovitz, who hasn’t backed down from his criticism of the President’s economic policies, said something interesting. I’m too lazy to track it down, but it was something along the lines of it being ridiculous for the President to create class warfare in a country that doesn’t have classes.

      Don Quixote pointed out that welfare has created a permanent underclass, but it’s a peculiar class in that its members aren’t barred from aspiring to a different socio-economic status, as they would be in a more rigidly classist society. Instead, they’ve been brainwashed into thinking there is virtue in their lowly status.

  6. Gringo says

    Back in the 1960s we  had limousine liberals. Now we have Lexus liberals. The more things change….
    This photo tends to support the observation that a lot of the OWS/99% phenomena is based on class envy, of those who are not of an income and social standing which they feel they deserve.

  7. Charles Martel says

    Gringo, I recently read one commentary that said what we’re looking at is a civil war between the Haves and the Have Nots of the upper middle class. The Have Not kiddies had been promised all the goodies that come from attending the right colleges and holding the right opinions, but the selfish Haves ate up all the fat that the kiddies were hoping to feast on.
     
    Bad, bad Haves. Credulous, credulous Have Nots.

  8. Gringo says

    One twist on the 99% decal is that it deals with the top 1% and the bottom 99%. When you come to SAT, GRE, or LSAT tests and the like, 99 means something entirely different. Here 99 refers to the 99th percentile, which means that you scored better than 99 percent of test takers- it means that you are in the top 1%.
     
    A lot of the OWS syndrome comes from those who assume that their test score percentiles should correspond to their income percentile. If their SAT/GRE/LSAT scores are in the 95th percentile, they believe that they should be in the 95th percentile of income- top 5%. If not, the world seems unfair to them. If they can’t be in the top 1% or 5%, bring the wealthy  down!
     
     
     

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