What’s your opinion of the occupy movement & 99%? I have not been paying close attention to all of the details involved, and I do not have the facts. Furthermore, I am not very adept at discussing political, economic, and other arenas like these.
However, no matter what my opinion of a particular movement may or may not be, I will argue vociferously with their rights. The Constitution gives them the right of free speech and the right to peacefully assemble. If they assemble and have their say they will have had their chance to try to persuade others to their point of view.
If the opposing side then wants to also gather and have their say, of course the Constituiton guarantees that as well. It is unrealistic for either side to expect everyone to agree with them. I would hope that those that are fortunate enough to have jobs in this economy did show up to work those jobs rather than gather to protest. To do otherwise is a slap in the face to those who ARE out of work who would GLADLY have taken their place at those jobs.
As I said, I have been otherwise occupied and have been unable to actually follow the story. So I have no facts or information. I am merely speaking in generalities.
When the only way a man or woman has to make a living is to work for a huge corporation we are all doomed unless they are regulated in many ways that make it unprofitable for them to use foreign labor, foreign parts and illegal aliens. We need more laws protecting the small business ($60,000 to $100,000) people who keep all work local. We need to give bonuses (tax breaks) for the businesses who use american made products and american born workers.
And we need to tax capital gains at the same rates as income is taxed. It will never happen because capital gains is how the rich get their income and labor is the way the 99% get their income. They even tax my little savings income as income of the poor (the highest rates) while the rich get the juicy tax rates. If we actually spent more money on our educational system you would see even more anger since then more would understand how the worker is robbed in this country.
So that will never happen either. The dumb can be easily led to believe the lies told that the rich provide their money. That money is all, all, all, and the work provided by the 99% is not worth much, Without work there is nothing produced. Remember that and they know we outnumber them. If the work provides the homes, food, healthcare, vacations and education for the rich, we the workers expect the same thing if agree to take care of our finances without waste. We are entitled to that if we truly live in a democracy. Also no one should inherit the good financial decisions of their fathers so each generation has to work for his own. This is true democracy in action. That does not mean the means of production cannot be passed on, but the wealth it accumulated up to that point belongs to all the people.
The other way to do it is for the workers to actually own the company and hire their own management. To me that is the truest form of capitalism but requires a highly educated people which we do not have now. If every worker has a vested interest in the company succeeding and staying in the community, all would win.
I think i remember when the PolarTec company stayed open because the owner felt devoted to his employees. He kept the company open while they rebuilt the factory after a fire destroyed it. I think he kept paying them and if i am remembering the story correctly he sold majority interest in the company to the workers. However, i may have 2 stories combined into one. i love when that happens, though. The workers buying the company gives them such a vested interest in the success and survival of the business.