So, the protests have been going on for a while now, but have yet to reach any kind of critical mass that will actually do anything other than get themselves arrested it seems.
I love the idea of Occupy Wall Street (wikipedia). The idea that if everyone making less than $400,000 per year stood up and said, “this is crap!” we could come up with some rules to reign in the craziness that is isn’t true capitalism and start to really fix the world we live in.
If the banks had been allowed to fail and if the auto industry had been allowed to fail, what kind of world would we be living in? Would small businesses and enterprising ideas have created a new market or filled the niche left behind? Would we be better off at this point with many new competitors trying to vie for our dollars? We will never know. Instead, we got more of the same, and it isn’t good for anyone except the super rich. They got a huge infusion of cash into their business, and took home bonuses many times larger than the average full time worker brings home in an entire year.
While I think that protesting is a great idea, I’m worried, like many others, that the people that really need to be out there, saying their peace, are too busy working two jobs and taking care of their children to be out on the street letting the world know that they are sick of being stepped on by the government and large corporations. A group that colludes to keep the wealthy super wealthy so that they can continue to pull funding from them to buy votes for their political campaigns. It is a “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine” system that the average person can’t participate in.
At the end of the day, I think all of the Occupy groups need to come together and get their messaging straight. I, like many others, think that the big change we need to be asking for is a more realistic, approachable government that makes a fixed salary, and can not take any outside funding. Have the majority of government officials make the national average wage, and they’ll quickly work to try to raise that average. Have them enjoy average benefits, and they’ll work to make those benefits better.
Our politicians shouldn’t be able to live a blessed life, but instead should share in the successes or failures of the nation they serve. Get the money out of politics!