@lecreative: RT @matthewstoller: The animating force behind the people here. Debt. #OccupyWallStreet http://yfrog.com/o0i0cij #gfc2
This is what happens when a country stops investing in its people for 35+ years, and we know it's only going to get worse - those of us who have become economic hostages or slaves or whatever you want to call the 99%. That's why we must take to the streets and reclaim what has been lost. We MUST begin investing in Americans again, stop the wars, and restore democracy. The financializiation of the economy has been destructive on so many levels. Even if democracy here always been a "sham," as many have argued, at least we should be striving towards that model. At this point, we're not. We're going in the opposite direction, and we're in a mess.
Occupy Wall Street
"A week on Wall Street: Protesters march on," Fiona McCann, Storyful
"Protesters march in Manhattan, criticizing Wall Street," Ray Sanchez, Reuters
"Dustin Slaughter's Picture: 'In Debt? You're Not Alone'"
"Occupy Wall Street - Begins Tomorrow, Sept. 17th"
Amazing. It's almost surreal to see a protest sign like this.
I guess it's amazing because it really has come down to this. That cardboard might as well be a neon sign screaming outrage and the insanity of the times.
Never would I have thought that a 22-year-old in $70K of student loan debt (and over $15K in medical debt!) would be commonplace.
This sign is US. It's not just us, but the US (as in United States). We're really in this mess together -- it's all interconnected. If things continue like they are, practically every American will fall into the quicksand of debt and unemployment eventually. And then they'll finally realize it really IS tough out there and it's not just about a couple of wanna-be hippies stinking up the joint.
I pray to god this protest really takes off and they stay the course.
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