Well, all they needed to do was pay a tiny bit more in taxes, show a little compassion, and don’t do anything to inflame the general population’s sense of fear and distrust. Had they done this the OWS movement would either not exist at all, or run it’s course.
However, they did just the opposite. Greed, is not the problem, short-sighted greed is the problem. Instead of taking the long view that a few simple, inexpensive concessions and an insincere show of compassion would return the population to their usual complacent state of I-Got-Mine, they opted to be stubborn and foolish.
Their foolishness and desperation is never more evident than in their attempts to prevent the media from covering the after midnight evictions of protesters, while thousands of phones click away.
Well, you get what you pay for and instead of spending a little more for complacency, they fueled a movement.
This country has the highest ratio of CEO to worker pay. While many like to characterize the U.S. worker as lazy and in possession of an inflated sense of entitlement, we are in fact some of the most productive workers in the world. We tend to work longer hours, and take fewer and shorter vacations. As our standard of living continues to slip, we work harder and longer.
We spend twice as much on healthcare per person, have a lower life expectancy, and are the only industrialized country not to provide universal healthcare.
This country ranks as average or below average in education. While advances in technology require more proficiency in math and science, we are making higher education unaffordable.
The infrastructure of this country is reaching a critical point and unemployment is becoming systemic, yet they refuse to spend money on public works projects.
At the same time they continue to spend billions on drug prohibition, money we can not afford to spend, on a public policy that is more costly and destructive than the drugs themselves. Over the course of the last fifty years this policy has destroyed more families, cost more money, and ended more lives than any act of terrorism to date.
Look on the bright side, we rank number one in imprisoning our citizens.
All this while we call for more drug testing of the poor, while the real gluttons at the government trough get a pass on corporate welfare and tax breaks in the billions.
Meanwhile, the rhetoric gets thicker and thicker. They purposely created an environment that breeds hate, instead of buying peace at a bargain-basement price. They have eroded this country’s standard of living in nearly every measure, yet they still have half the population believing their lies. At one time disinformation was their one shining success, but even this is losing its sheen.
Well, you get what you pay for, and instead of spending a little more for complacency they went cheap and fueled a movement.