Maybe you've heard about the protests on Wall Street, maybe it's slipped under your radar, maybe you don't care. We have our own little homegrown band of well-meaning protesters here in Chicago, "occupying" several corners in front of the Federal Reserve Bank. I personally don't get what the point is, though I understand the frustration about corporations not paying their fare share of taxes and corporate honchos earning too much and bailout money used for bonuses, all while employees are laid off or pensions cut or what have you. I guess my confusion arises from what they expect these "occupations" to accomplish. If they are shooting for systemic change, in my opinion there will be not one iota of difference after these groups finally disband. The corporations may beg for the bailouts and tax breaks and they may then receive them, but they don't have the power to actually effect either of those perks. That power lies in Washington DC. We have a system in place to make changes. Instead of squatting in the streets, take that same energy and vote in folks who aren't beholden to the corporations - make sure the judges who are elected or appointed aren't either. And maybe, just maybe, I'd feel for you on the street corner, if you weren't decked out in Patagonia gear and supporting Big Tobacco. Don't tell me you're one of the "99%" when you can afford either.
I'm usually not overtly political and I definitely support the citizens' right to protest as they see fit. I guess I just want there to be a point to it.
Recently saw this image, thought it was interesting:
Have a great weekend, all!