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Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Opt out of robber baron economy

We, the 99 percent, help make the 1 percent more powerful, and increase their dominance over us each time we do any of the following:
•Buy the latest, state-of-the-art, overpriced, soon-to-be-obsolete "techo-junk."
Deposit our money (at 0 percent interest) in their banks and then bail them out when they gamble it away.
Build their ego-driven sports stadiums.
•Visit their theme parks and cruise on their mega-sips (floating cities).
Deposit our money at their casinos.
Eat their poisonous junk food.
Support their insidious invasions of innocent foreign countries.
We have a choice: To blindly follow their path of greed, or just decide to "opt out."
Jim Tobler
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