Today, Buffalo officially became one of the Occupy Wall Street cities. They now have a permit to set up tents and be there 24/7. As with all issues and protests, I know people who are absolutely against this whole movement, and others who fully support it and would be there if they could.
We all have the right to protest and use our freedom of speech. And while I feel the whole movement has some good points, I'm a little confused about their methods. I feel like all of them should pack up and move to Washington. Take over the city. Go all over Washington. At the White House, at Capitol Hill, etc. My opinion is that standing around Wall Street is never going to convince the people who need to make change. Nobody votes on who works on Wall Street. You want to make a democratic difference? Go to the government. They should find their favorite politician and volunteer for their campaign. You'd have some great resume experience and actually be doing something worthwhile. (I find it ironic that they aren't going to Washington for this; could it be due to the fact that most of these people are Lib/Dems and so is the President? Gotta find someone else to blame.)
Two of the main reasons many people gather is because of the state of unemployment and student loans. Trust me, trust me, trust me. My little family is feeling the effects of these. My husband, thankfully, has a job. But trying to get a better/new one has been close to impossible. Jobs are scarce, and we are stuck in this cycle of trying and hoping. Student loans are beyond ridiculous. They are as much as our monthly mortgage payment.
However, my husband went to school out of his own choice. Blaming others for his choices and expecting his debt to be taken care of by someone else is irresponsible. That's like buying a $20k car just because everyone else is doing it, then realizing you don't have the money to pay for it. Then you continue driving the car but expect someone else to pick up the payments. College has gotten out of control. Every high school student should watch an hour long documentary on YouTube called "The College Conspiracy." Ignore the subtle hints to invest in the company's gold, and you will learn some insane facts about the college hype and how not every 18 year old should go to a four-year-school and squander money for an "experience" out of their means.
As far as jobs go, I'm NOT saying there are enough good jobs for everyone. But I am saying people are hiring. I know it's not the job you went to school for, but there are jobs. This is directed at the people who are "occupying" and not looking for jobs. Who are eating food being donated from others, who are updating their FB statuses on their iPhones but complaining about not being able to pay their student loans.
Yes, we are the 99%. But have you stopped to think that we still have more than millions of people around the world? We have plenty of clothes, food, we have a house, a car, apparently we all can't live without our fancy web-surfing cell phones, and spending money for going out.
I'm just so curious what would have happened if the organizer of "Occupy Wall Street" decided to create an "Occupy a Nursing Home" or "Occupy an Orphanage" or "Occupy a Soup Kitchen" - some place that needed love, time, and support. There are thousands of places all over just the U.S. that need help. I can guarantee nobody would have stepped forward. People don't have enough time to volunteer. People never have enough time to help others.
But stand on the street corners and demand that others help you? Heck yeah, we have time for that.
In our day and age of entitlement, I'm not surprised that thousands of people are gathering to demand better treatment. Corporate greed is real and it does affect us, but do you really think the CEOs are going to look out their windows, and change? That's what I just don't understand. As soon as things get hard, people stop trying to make their lives better and just start complaining. They open their hands and close their minds. I think they're hoping to be given a bailout so they can move into a retirement community at 30 years old without any more student loans.
I'm not against using your voice and your freedom of speech. I'm not against protesting.
I am against the entitlement mindset, trashing a city to a disgusting level, and refusing to use your time and talents to help those in need.