How We Got Started
The Other 98% started with a simple premise: our democracy, economy and media should work for everyday Americans, not the special interests or the political fringe.
We looked at the America we love, and saw a democracy corrupted by Big Money and K Street lobbyists, an economy unfairly rigged to favor Wall Street CEOs while we in the middle class got beaten up by foreclosures and unemployment, and a media more interested in Tea Party antics than the, um, facts.
So we decided to take action.
On Tax Day, 2010, we went head to head with the Tea Party armed with two huge banners, one overlooked fact, and a simple message: yes there’s a reason to be angry, but it’s not because some immigrant is sneaking across the border in search of “entitlements” or some “lazy” inner-city family supposedly cheating on their taxes and leaving you holding the bill. It’s because the Elite 2% have rigged the system and aren’t paying their fair share.
Since then, tens of thousands of Americans have lit up the message boards, joined the Facebook page and written in to say (in the words of one newly minted 98%’er), “This is the kind of politics I’ve been waiting for!”
With this overwhelming response, we’ve become a voice for the vast majority of Americans who are fed up with the status quo in Washington. We seek practical solutions to the many challenges America faces, and we stand against the bankers, CEOs and lobbyists who have hijacked our democracy to serve themselves at the expense of everyone else.
The Other 98% is (almost) all of us. It’s a political home for the silent majority of Americans who are tired of corporate control of Washington and the Tea Party extremism that — wittingly or unwittingly — works to protect it.