Sunday, October 9, 2011

What Occupy Wall St. is and isn't

Many people are talking about Occupy Wall Street and what it is or is not. Fox news makes them sound like homeless psychotics or clueless philosophy majors. Others on the left see it as the beginning of a new movement that will galvanize the left wing of the Democratic Party.

In fact, it probably won't eventually fit in either one of these analyses. I view it as a simple wake-up call for everyone who is angered by the situation in which the rich get richer and many others are unemployed. Over the last few years it's been clear that Wall Street runs our government. The rich decide which way the country will go and tells the congressmen they've purchased how to vote.

To the extent that it is controlled by adbusters, I am for economic equality for shrinking middle class and poor, not for structural changes in American Government.

Like many I voted for Obama and found that he was incapable of picking subordinates. He put Summers and Geithner in charge of the economy and they protected the rich. Obama could have been leading Occupy Wall Street, but instead every move he made was helpful to the wealthiest Americans.
Many of us are independents and have no faith in either party. But we're angry as hell, and don't want to take it anymore. It's clear that Congress, on both sides of the aisle, are in office to make money for themselves or are strapped to an ideology that does not allow for compromise.
Now the question is what are the 99% of Americans who've lost purchasing power in the last 10 years, while the bankers and others on Wall Street tripled their net worth, going to do about it.
Are you listening?

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