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Stuart G

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I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

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How a particular movie became very popular could explain Bernie's campaign.

I follow movies and how much they make. Back in the 90s, a person had to go to the library and read a publication called, "Variety" to see how much a movie would make in a weekend or a month or so on. So, that is what I did. A movie came out in July of 1998 called, "There Is Something About Mary."

I think, if I recall, the first week or two it was second or third in the money contest..and it stayed at that level for weeks. For some reason, I didn't see it the first few weeks.. After a while, I heard from others, that this was one of the funniest movies ever made..So after 4 or 5 weeks, I went to see it. (Yes, I found it to be one of the funniest movies ever).. Finally, on Labor Day Weekend, 7 weeks after it first appeared, it got the number 1 ranking for movies on that particular weekend. Yes, it took in more money than any other movie that had been out, for any length of time on the Labor Day Weekend, 7 weeks after it first came out.

That, had never been done, and I don't think it has been done since. How did it happen? Simple. People talked to each other and discussed that this film really is very very funny. (now it did take a certain taste in films, but I have that taste...it is very crude, but to me, very funny) As people talked to each other, that is how the film became number 1 after 7 weeks. It was word of mouth. People talking to people...

Bernie stands for certain ideas that many people believe in. Particularly, the idea that the rich in this country are not contributing enough to help the country's government. The rich have special deals the rest of us don't have. They pay less. That message and is being talked about by people who honestly believe that is true. And it is true. The rich do have special deals. And it is not fair. And many of us are very angry that the rich pay a lot less, as a percent, than the rest of us..

So, as the word gets around, slowly, people talking to people about the campaign, people are saying basically, "I agree with Bernie on this point, and this is a very important issue. Bernie is the only one who is constantly saying the rich do not pay their share and they need to pay more. .. and it is true. And he has been saying that for years. It ain't new, and it is true. Someone who makes 1 million through dividends pays a lot less, as a percentage, then someone who makes $500,000. in salary ..say $10,000 a week in direct pay. That is wrong, and the deal was set up for rich people. We all know that. The rich got a great deal, but the rest of us pay for it.

And in a similar way to the movie, "There is Something About Mary" Bernie's message is getting out. Slowly, ,word of mouth person to person, family to family..And, also ..it is the truth. The system is rigged for the rich and that is wrong. That is how this message is similar to the success of that movie. The truth takes time to get out. But when it does, the truth can stand stronger than the rest of the discussion. Especially about something like.." who pays and who gets a deal and pays less, a whole lot less than they should.."
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