Monday, November 28, 2011

OWS is Protesting the Wrong Thing

This morning I walked from the Palazzo to the nearest Office Depot. The walk is about 2-1/2 miles with about 1-1/2 miles through a poorer community. Within the community many of the apartment complexes had bars on the windows or large pieces of wood in place (to ensure the window could not be slid open). I guess it’s easier to think that a mega corporation caused the condition of the neighborhood and protest on Wall Street then it is to protest the real reasons of the poverty. As I watched two young ladies argue in McDonalds over five dollars, I’m reminded that Wall Street didn’t cause their current poverty, they did.

I’m sure if you asked them, they’d agree with the premise of the large corporations. But I’d hardly think arguing over five dollars in a McDonalds puts oneself on the path of success. If OWS was serious about solving the poverty problem in America they should be protesting in the poor. OWS should be picketing in front of the liquor store at 8am for the alcoholics that enter. The signs should point to the nearest AA meeting or better yet have campouts with the AA meetings right there. OWS should be picketing on the corner the gentlemen standing around doing nothing. With pickets pointing out the nearest job center or community college. Solving the income inequality won’t be solved by adjusting the behavior of large corporations, but by adjusting the behavior of poor individuals.

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