Skip to main content

People aren't protesting the right of the rich to make a profit.  It's what they do with those profits that matters.  It's that their end of the Social Contract was built on lies and deceptions.  They said if we just lower their taxes and the regulations enough then all those record profits would trickle down into the other 98% of the country.

Instead they kept the profits and thanked the workers who got them rich by moving their jobs overseas and attacking the unions and other methods that allow people to do anything about it.  They didn't want to pay up front in the form of salaries and benefits so now everyone's looking to the government for help.  And they don't want to pay for that either.  

Someone's got to look out for the other 98% of the country because the rich sure as hell aren't going to do it unless dragged kicking and screaming.  Since they're not as dependent on American workers as in previous decades there is very little leverage to use against them.  Thus, people are hitting the streets.

Pay now or pay later, but you will pay.  That is what they don't get about Obama's plan to tax the rich:  Obama's not trying to start a Class Warfare, he's trying to avoid one.

Originally posted to james richardson on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 02:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Hippie and Occupy Wall Street.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  I keep hearing the same worn out question... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gfre, grannycarol, happymisanthropy

    of what do these people want. We keep getting asked if there is legislation that we would like to see changed.

    The next time this comes up I'd love someone to say, the first thing we want Congress to do is pass legislation to reverse the Supreme Courts Citizen's United decision and to enact new laws forbidding corporate(and union) financing of political campaigns.

    That single change would make it possible for all our other grievances to be resolved. We don't have a chance of changing anything if corporations are continued to be allowed to buy our politicians.

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 02:57:47 PM PDT

  •  Maybe we should turn the question around. (0+ / 0-)

    What do the 1% want?  What will it take to convince them to grace us with wealth and prosperity again like good Job Creators are supposed to?


    There's one economic model, where workers are paid enough that they can buy Ford automobiles. And there's another economic model, where workers are paid so little they can only afford to buy at Walmart. Which model is going to be our future?

    by happymisanthropy on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 03:33:30 PM PDT

  •  I'm against the rich making a profit, actually (0+ / 0-)

    since their ownership of 'their' economically-productive property is illegitimate due to being based on illegitimate and obsolete capitalist ideas of property ownership.

  •  Obama may be trying to avoid class warfare but (0+ / 0-)

    the views of protesters are quite diverse. I don't think we can make any claims about what they want.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site