What are everyone's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street? Do you support the protesters? Why or why not?
I personally support the protests because it seems that the US is less and less a country by and for the people and more and more a country by and for the corporations. I'm not looking for massive government hand outs or anything but I'm really tired of corporations making loads of money off my fellow country-people's health, education, security and so on with reckless abandon. Corporations need to be regulated and taxed.
I'm for it. The lobbyists need to be tossed out (and probably a few politicians as well!) and everything kept in check. Both sides of the political spectrum are failing their duties as representatives and it needs to stop.
The more I hear about things in the US, the more my heart breaks for my country, but it's also one of the reasons I'll stay abroad. I'd like to settle down, and it doesn't have to be in the US, but it would have been nice to have the option. I can expect a hella time trying to find employment when and if I go back. I have more job opportunity here. I like what I do... I just really feel for those in my generation and the one after. We were sold a bill of goods that said if we studied hard, got our bachelor's, and went to enough job fairs and conferences, we'd get good jobs. And now most are having to work jobs they had during summers, some even the same ones from high school.
It's no wonder they're angry, when they see corporate elite prancing around like it's business as usual. My ass it is.
I don't really think the recount has a lot to do with this... the roots at least go deeper than that. Corporate deregulation has been going on for many years and politicians and corporate heads have been sharing the same beds for years. One thing I'd really like to see is ensuring that there is no conflict of interest between corporations and politicians and/or regulatory agencies ... as in ex-politicians cannot be hired by corporations where there is a conflict of interest and the other way around. (Hopefully you get what I mean).
Also... I always enjoy a tangent or two in any conversation... besides there are many relevent tangents to this conversation.
This is good because they have been criticized for not being clear.
Maybe it is just how protests are anymore, with a whole circus of people espousing their pet causes and ideologies. Going on a bunch of tangents doesn't do much for the protest.