Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 5, 2011, 4:43 p.m. EST by swica
from Waubaushene, ON
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Maybe this movement isn't about economics. Finances do affect us all, and Wall Street, Government and Corporations sure make easy targets to criticize. Maybe we need to look at some fundamental issues that we all live with, but don't ever realize. All citizens have basic needs, and some rights to cover those basic needs. What are those rights, who decides what is and what isn't, who supplies and who consumes, and how should it all be distributed? We accept public education but argue over universal healthcare. We accept the right for shelter (housing), but struggle with the mortgage system. We want an old age pension that is guaranteed, but we take issue with the way our savings get treated at Wall Street. We have a small income and spend it at supermarkets on imported goods that only produce low paying jobs for the store clerks, or at fast food chains, knowing that it is not healthy, and we can't afford to insure that health. We let the government pay our teachers, knowing our kids are not getting the best possible education. We borrow money to buy things we can do without. We all share the same environment, but have little respect for it. We talk about job creation. Talking certainly isn't a job. Farmers have difficulty finding reliable "domestic" workers, and government jobs are basically unemployed people with a tax payer funded office. We don't take care of our parents, the government can do that, and we don't seem to realize the social and financial implications of that. We, the 99% ,want to change 1% ( by the numbers it isn't a fair fight ! ), but we are not even sure how we would like to change ourselves. It seems to be a good time to face a mirror for a few moments before we head out into the streets, if we find the reason for walking in that mirror.