Occupy Wall Street: More popular than you think
The conservative criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it is a "growing mob" (House majority leader Eric Cantor) of "shiftless protestors" (The Tea Party Express) engaged in "class warfare" (GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain) whose grievances - whatever they are - are far outside the political mainstream.
The polls don't back that up.
A new survey out from Time Magazine found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the protests, while just 23 percent have a negative impression. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, meanwhile, found that 37 percent of respondents "tend to support" the movement, while only 18 percent "tend to oppose" it.
The findings suggest that the right's portrait of the movement as a collection of lazy hippies who need to stop whining - to "take a shower and get a job" (Bill O'Reilly) - isn't resonating with most Americans.
That's because while the protesters' aims are vague - Bill Clinton said Wednesday that they need to start advocating specific political goals - their frustrations are easily identifiable and widely shared. The Occupy movement may be a big tent (one with room for opposition to fracking, calls for campaign finance reform, and a host of other positions), but nearly everyone involved says they are angry that a small group of wealthy Americans have grown increasingly rich while "the other 99 percent" have been left behind.
That's a belief that seems to be shared by Americans across the political spectrum. In 2010, as CBSNews.com reported in a story on the income and wealth divide last month, researchers and Harvard and Duke asked Americans how they thought wealth is spread among income groups, as well as how they thought it should be spread. Overwhelmingly, Americans said they wanted a more equitable distribution of wealth; they also underestimated just how large the wealth divide has grown. (See chart below.)
"to "...take a shower and get a job" (Bill O'Reilly)"
And there it is. Our times version of 'ol Marie Antoinettes "Let them eat CAKE!" moment.
We're there. The inequality has grown too large to ignore, or wish away with platitudes of "work harder," or "consume more."
How many of you feel you are truly represented by the best government MONEY CAN BUY these days? How many of you don't feel the game is rigged in favor of the Elites, who have managed to privatize the profits rendered by the game but socialized the risks? How many of you feel they are having their cake and eating it too, at the expense of the Majority of us?
If you feel this way, or agree with the Sentiment, then you're a member of the Occupy Group, too.
Enough is enuf. It is time to redress the imbalance in our Republics Capitalists Game. The Greedy have gone too far.
If two people work the same job, but one wants to work 30 hours a week and spend more time at home and the other works 60 hours a week to earn more money and build savings, should they both be paid the same or should one be paid more for working more? Is it fair that one should make TWICE as much money just because they want to work more and save some money?
That's correct and it is only going to get bigger.Whats funny is how many people that have gone to OWS now where the opposite a week ago.And I must add it's not alll about wealth ,but about gov't being bought out by the wealth ,the gentleman best sums it up as " we are starting a Vendetta type revolution".That's correct,the gov't needs to be afraid of it's people not the people afraid of it's gov't
Americans have a right to ask why a bank gets a bailout, and bank executives get million dollar bonuses, but the average Joe struggling to pay his mortgage doesn't get a dime? It appears to be a crooked system where the rich are protected from failure while the little guy is told, "tough luck."
We have WAY too many companies that have been given by our government "too big to fail" status. I say let them fail. That's how capitalism is supposed to work. Businesses that make poor decisions need to be allowed to fall so that new businesses that make good decisions can take their place.
You are rite let them all go out of biz and then employement rate 11 --12% you must really be a big hater of BO - He going down with 9% under employment what would happen in 2012 if unemp 11==15%. Both houses and the WH may never be DEm again
Didn't the average American get a making work pay credit and 99 weeks of unemployment handouts and cash for their clunker and mortgage refi/forgiveness? The banks paid back the loans. The 1% is already paying a lot of tax. If you want to raise taxes, raise taxes on everyone.