Okay, first off, I agree that changes need to be made with regard to how Wall Street and big corporations make money and do business. I don’t believe in greed or questionable, sleazy ways of making a profit.
That being said, that is the the only thing I agree with regarding “Occupy Wall Street.” The other 98% of “OWS” is, plain and simply, BS.
The so-called “99%” who are living in squalor on Wall Street and other locales across the United States seem to believe that they are entitled to “free” things: free education, free health care, free food, free housing, etc. etc. etc.
I guess most of them would like a free car too.
Many of them are complaining about being thousands of dollars in debt due to student loans — they whine about not being able to find a job in their “field.”
Ha!!! I’ll say it again — Ha!!
There are no guarantees on anything in life. You sign on the dotted line of a bank loan form and even before the ink is dry, you’re already taking a risk. And you take your chances that you’ll find a great job after four years of study … some day ….
Steve Jobs dropped out of college after one semester. But I don’t see any OWS “protestors” releasing their death grip on their iPhones.
Sometimes you can’t just get out of college and jump into your “field” right away. Or you have to take a job at the bottom rung of the ladder and then work your way up. Not too many people start out at the top.
Sometimes you EVEN have to take a job that has nothing to do with your education or career goals. I know — McDonalds is a corporation — but you do get to make money serving up those fries. And if you’re still living in your parents’ house rent-free — well, it could work out.
I have seen with my own eyes homeless people — bona fide *mentally ill* people — who are able to rustle up some extra cash for themselves. I’ve seen ’em walk from one end of a street to another collecting bottles and cans to take to the recycling center in exchange for a few dollars. Sometimes it’s about all they can “do,” but they do it.
And if a 99%-er REALLY would like a job, there are always openings in the US military. You get housing, food, health benefits, job security and a paycheck. Of course, you are going to have to DO things for all those goodies, as well as obey a few rules, but it is a job and it can even be an honorable career.
Or if you’re too PC to play with a gun, then take some of that hard-earned cash that your parents give you and be an entrepreneur. Start a cleaning business, learn how to cut hair, walk someone’s dog.
In my opinion, a bunch of sleazeballs holding up signs that bash Jews, Capitalism and Wall Street and that promote Socialism, Communism, Nazi-ism, Islam-ism or any other kind of hate-ism, is not going to change anything for the better.
However, change for the worse is one of the few predictable guarantees for the children and grandchildren who inherit the Socialist world of the “99%.”
© October 2011 by Phyllis J. Hanniver