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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.

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  •  I keep hearing the same worn out question... (3+ / 0-)
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    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?

    cough

    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.

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