Occupy George Makes Money Talk

Have you ever received a dollar bill stamped with a link to wheresgeorge.com? When that project kicked off in 1998, the notion of tracking physical money through a virtual database seemed whimsical and entertaining. Well, it’s been a while since I’ve seen one of those Where’s George dollars, and the folks behind the Occupy George project think they know why: “Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%.”

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Here’s a few fun facts:

  • The income growth disparity in America is wider than it was pre-Great Depression.
  • In America, the average CEO earns 185 times more than the average worker. The richest 1% of Americans control over 1/3 of the wealth,leaving the bottom 80% with less than 1/5.
  • Unless things change, it’s safe to assume that our money will ultimately end up in the hands of the one percent.

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OccupyGeorge provides templates for making rubber stamps or turning your basic inkjet printer into a DIY stamper. I chose the second option.

  1. Download the templates (PDFs) and choose one.
  2. Print the template on a regular piece of copy paper.
  3. Tape dollar bills to the indicated areas on the paper you just printed out.
  4. Load the paper with the dollar bills taped to it into your printer’s tray.
  5. Print the template again.

Voila. Money talks indeed. Very cool.