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Why I Occupy

Sometimes I am angry.

Sometimes I wanna scream
'bout the injustice I see
every day.

For example
a Wal-Mart employee
who's only been late to work three times
in seventeen years

wakes up one day
feelin' like shit
calls in late.

Goes to work that day.
Two days later wakes up
in significant pain.

Goes into work anyway
calls doc to set up appointment
is told

Yes, we have room two weeks from now 
for you.
Please bring your $20.00 co-pay.

Don't have $20 to spare
So guess the $43.15 deducted from every paycheck
for health “insurance”

Isn't enough to support
whatever lifestyle put this system together?
Ok, I'll die from you, but at least I have


We ARE the 99%

Copyright © Nancy Jones

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  1. Date: 1/22/2012 2:43:00 PM
    Shocking Nancy..) " wonder how many top level management are "Christians"...?

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 12:24:00 PM
    Nancy, I think you may already know this, but I was a bit turned off when I found out the details. Walmart puts out Life Insurance on all of its employees - something like a 70/30 split in favour of the corporation. So obviously, 100 grand of insurance gives Walmart 70 grand and the family 30 grand. Walmart makes oodles of cash if the employee passes away. The best profit margin for Walmart is not the sales, but when an employee dies. Scary. If I was working at Walmart and found this out, I would quit on the spot, no questions asked.

  1. Date: 1/21/2012 8:18:00 PM
    Whoa! That really sucks! I've been hearing nothing but bad news about that store lately...I guess thats why I don't go there.