Conservative activists launch ‘We are the 53 percent’ [SLIDESHOW]

Photo of J. Arthur Bloom
J. Arthur Bloom
Opinion Editor
  • See All Articles
  • Send Email
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Bio

      J. Arthur Bloom

      Jordan Bloom is the Daily Caller's opinion editor. Previously he was associate editor of The American Conservative, and a music reviewer at Tiny Mix Tapes. He contributes occasionally to The Umlaut, and is a graduate of William and Mary.

Much has been made of the similarities between the tea party and the recent Occupy Wall Street protest, but while they both share a populist bent and an emphasis on public demonstrations, their goals couldn’t be more different.

The latest round of mimicry is the brainchild of RedState’s Erik Erickson and filmmaker Mike Wilson, and it’s a Tumblr blog modeled after Occupy Wall Street’s ‘We are the 99 percent’ blog.

Both sites feature webcam photos of people holding up signs inscribed with their own personal financial sob stories. But while the original seems to communicate a sense of hopelessness and anger directed at the rich and powerful, the 53 percenters — named after the percentage of Americans that pay income taxes — are comprised of, “Those of us who pay for those of you who whine about all of that… or that… or whatever.”

Here are some of TheDC’s favorite postings from the contrarian Tumblr.

Click an image below for larger version.
  • A heartwarming muffins-to-riches story.
  • iSelf-reliance
  • But why would anyone ever leave Cuba?
  • The NYPD appreciates your concern.
  • He pays income taxes AND can afford a Les Paul.
  • Bad poets pay income taxes, too.
  • Ironically, the perpetual campaign cycle is one of OWS' main gripes as well.
  • ...And all without a single bailout.
  • All snark aside, that's pretty incredible.