Make no mistake, we are screwed. Politicians are just as frikken crooked. Don't believe it? Research why they haven't passed the insider trading law that effects them and why it's legal, perfectly legal, for them to personally profit that way. Insider trading is a criminal offense for everyone but congress. That's f'ed up. It's not just big business. It's one big fat conspiracy. Look up how much the individual wealth of federal politicians has grown in the last few years based on this illegal activity that isn't illegal for congress. Big business is corrupt because our elected officials can and are bought and paid for. The average person doesn't stand a chance.
The whole system is corrupt. Occupy can protest all they want to. It wont change anything because the masses think Occupy Wall Street is a bunch of cooks and hippies. Occupy Wall Street is a good movement. But, by it's very construct it will implode. It can be infiltrated with genuine cooks and weirdos looking to go Communist and that's the end for Occupy.
Unfortunately a decent movement is gonna need, at the very least, a legislative congress of sorts. A group of people to set the theme and direction of the movement so it can't be hijacked and flown into a mountain. The Occupy movement gives voice to every fringe idiot that has a frikkin opinion. That will be, and is the ruination of the greater movement. Meanwhile, the huge business, corporate sociopaths, are lovin every minute of it.
I'm probably older than 95% of the people on this board (probably more). I was a kid when folks were protesting the war in Vietnam. I saw it. The lessons learned from that movement have been forgotten. Americans are, as individuals, are content as long as they get theirs. This issue is an economic issue and it will have very big consequences for the coming generations. The separation of wealth will have the the masses scrambling for ever smaller slices of the pie while "the job creators" horde more and more of the resources (while not creating jobs). Frankly, the GOP argument sounds like crap to me, and I'm a registered Republican. The days of Ronald Regan are gone forever. They talk about Ronnie all the time but, he taxed everyone fairly. The rich paid the same percentage as the middle class, not half like right now. Right now the working folks pay about 30% while the wealthy pay 15% at most, probably less. Wall Street folks, who don't own companies and can't create jobs are getting the breaks and will get all the breaks in the future. What they can do is make sure that jobs get outsourced. They can pay off legislators on all sides to ensure that working people will never get a fair shake. They can make sure that people die from lack of decent health care so that a small few make huge profits.
I'm not a socialist but, I'm watching my country, and the world, heading down a very dangerous road. In years past the masses could take back their government. In fact, the US Constitution says that the people should take back their government when it gets hijacked by a few. But, the founding fathers never anticipated the kinds of power and resources that the masses would face if they decided that a government "of the people" were to be hijacked.
Please take a minute to read the Declaration of Independence of the United States. It is an incredible document.http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm