I am struggling a bit with this whole Occupy Wall Street thing. When I first heard about it…. it kinda made some sense. After all – I do believe that corporations have way too much power and influence in our government and way of life. I am not pleased with the government bail outs that big banks and corporations received either. So – maybe the protesters and I believe in a few of the same things.
I do also believe in their right to protest.
I think that is where it ends.
Multiple media outlets have aired video of these protests – it is pretty ridiculous. It is a little difficult for me to take this “movement” and these protests seriously when they are screaming for FREE college & FREE healthcare. Many of the protesters when asked why they were protesting they had no idea. The credibility in this movement has eroded further when I found that there is massive support from the unions.
Here is a list of unions that are supporting Occupy Wall Street:
- AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
- United NY
- Strong Economy for All Coalition
- Working Families Party
- TWU Local 100
- SEIU 1199
- CWA 1109
- Communications Workers of America
- CWA Local 1180
- United Auto Workers
- United Federation of Teachers
- Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
- National Nurses United
- Writers Guild East
I am not overly impressed with the following list of groups and organizations involved either:
- Community Voices Heard
- Alliance for Quality Education
- New York Communities for Change
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
- The Job Party
- NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
- The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
- The New Deal for New York Campaign
- National People’s Action
- Human Services Council
- Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
- Citizen Action of NY
- Common Cause NY
- New Bottom Line
- Tenants & Neighbors
- Democracy for NYC
- Resource Generation
- Tenants PAC
- Teachers Unite
The protesters call for action. The action they look for is Marxist in origin. They want the government to take care of them. Take from the rich and give to the poor. They often discuss that they are the 99%. Well – I am one of the 53%. Yes – 53% of the American people that pay taxes. Many do not realize it but almost half of this countries population pay no taxes.
What bothers me most is their complete lack of any understanding of economics. FREE healthcare? Nothing is free. Somebody has to pay for it. FREE college education? Come on man! Many protesters want their college loans wiped away because they cannot find a high paying job.
Huh? Am I missing something? I wish I saw them targeting those politicians responsible for the economic crisis we are in rather than moaning and groaning about it.
What this Occupy Wall Street movement shows is the dissatisfaction that many Americans are feeling. On one side you have the Tea Party movement – and on the the side you have Occupy Wall Street. Two opposite ends of the spectrum – but both are dissatisfied with the status-quo. Of course – I think one is right…….
It is a little difficult for me to take these people and their movement seriously when so many involved spew nonsense. I think that some actually have some valid points – but many people just looking to get attention have gotten on board.
Lets take a look at a few pictures of the protests: