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The 53 Percent, Progressive Era Edition

[ 69 ] October 14, 2011 |

I work in a plumassier – that’s a fancy word for “sweatshop.” I spend fourteen hours a days willowing ostrich feathers so that rich women can wear attractive hats. Because they want to wear these hats, I am able to HAVE A JOB. I used to make 15 cents an hour, but now there are so many young girls in the business that I only make seven or eight cents. The boss tells us that we will soon be paid only five cents.


Also, my boss will fire or rape me if I complain.


The girl who used to work next to me got tuberculosis from inhaling all the dust and fluff from the feathers. But she did not expect the GOVERNMENT to pay for her health care while she recovered. Instead, she went out and got a job SEWING SLIPPERS during the day while her son PICKS OVER THE SWEEPINGS FROM COFFEE WAREHOUSES. They are saving up with THEIR OWN MONEY so she can have BOTH OF HER LUNGS COLLAPSED. This will leave her permanently short of breath and dizzy, but she will continue to WORK because that is the AMERICAN DREAM.



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  1. actor212 says:

    *polite golf clap*

    BraVO, sir!


  2. Malaclypse says:

    I have even heard that SOCIALIST FORCES within our very own government have forced those nice men MAX BLANCK and ISAAC HARRIS to close their TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST COMPANY due to government regulations. They have told us that REGULATIONS ARE BAD and will COST US JOBS.

  3. scepticus says:

    Damn straight.

  4. c u n d gulag says:

    There’s been a top 53% since the top 1-2% figured out that it was the best way to keep the remaining 43% docile and keep them paying, which was to make them all feel like they, too were in the top 53%.

  5. Curmudgeon says:

    53% of Americans would happily work for 15 cents/hour as long as people beneath them (however defined) were only earning 10 cents an hour.

    Progressive politics always fails in America because the aspiration for better conditions for ones own kind is overwhelmed by the desire to grind lesser people into dust.

    Hate of the Other is an American value.

    • And a dog in the manger is a better animal totem than a bald eagle. Failing that, a bucket full of crabs.

      • Hogan says:

        Or a frog in a slowly heated pan of water, although apparently that’s a myth. Frogs are smarter than we are.

      • Stag Party Palin says:

        Don’t sell the Bald Eagle short as a national symbol for our times. Benjamin Franklin was prophetic when he wrote:

        “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

        “With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy.

  6. EndOfTheWorld says:

    This Fredrick Douglass person seems to have quite a beef to pick with the noble, Southern plantation owner. And yet! YET! He has been seen, on occasion, wearing a cotton shirt.

  7. wengler says:

    As long as no black person is making more money than me 5 cents will do.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Video: Borderline insane — or totally facetious — meltdown from OWS protester

    This is what you guys are doing to these disillusioned kids, making them feel important and hateful at people they have no clue in the world what they do. Not to mention thinking there’s no harm to come to them for having their faces go viral on videos if they ever decide to start looking for jobs.

    Seriously, this kid with hair down to his shoulders is mad at Wall Street buildings or something when there’s no way he’s getting a job in any professional field looking like that, but somehow he thinks those guys up in those buildings owe him his livelihood. That bullshit is all fucked up and shit.

  9. Q. Where are the jobs!
    A. Jobs is dead kid.

  10. And when those nice men from PINKERTONS trampled my youngest boy as they hunted for a cabal of UNION ORGANIZERS, I bade him APOLOGIZE for splashing his BLOOD upon their feet.

  11. RhZ says:

    Let’s just all keep reminding others that the ‘job creators’ got their huge tax cuts ten years ago.

    And this is where we are now. Hmmm…

    In my mind, this bears repeating.

    • Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more. Or close the walls around our gated communities with your dead!

      In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man who makes less than $500K a year as modest stillness and humility.

      But when the blast of class warfare blows in your Galtian Overlords’ ears, then imitate the action of the feedlot kine…

      Yeah I could go on, but I’m getting kind of pissed off.

  12. cpinva says:

    hell, if she were a real american, she’d be paying the company for the privilege of working there. clearly, this woman is a slacker!

  13. c u n d gulag says:


  14. merl says:

    I was wondering what happened to Dennis. I think Oliver Willis banned him or something because he doesn’t troll every thread all day long there anymore. If you want lots of laughs, post anything at all about Sarah Palin, that drives him even more nuts.

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  17. a2e says:

    It stills fucked up because somebody will keep on taking advantage of you as you keep letting them to do so.
    Your logic says that if you were born poor you and your kind are fucked up forever and worst of it is that is the only thing you will inherit; you don’t need to think much before you realize that wage it is a sophisticated disguise for slavery.
    I still admire your stoicism but used in that way looks pretty much like stupidity.

  18. Dan says:


  19. Collin says:

    a2e, The post is sarcasm. It is mocking the right-to-work mentality.

    Really, having her “lungs collapsed”? That didn’t give you the hint that this is a joke? You do know this means being killed by a snake, don’t you?

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