We need rebellion, and uprising to get their attention. Sitting in a park is bullshit. Quietly holding up a sign and hoping is childish. How many of those people will vote for Obama again?
Ron Paul baby!
I think the Occupy protests are great--it's about darn time Americans show a little emotion instead of just bending over. I haven't had a proper protest since the sixties, so we're a little unsure how to do this. My problem with my Occupy people is they don't quite understand what they should be mad at. We need to understand the real causes of many of our problems: the central banks and the revolving door between big business and government.
A lot of people in this thread are taking about the ridiculousness of banks lending 90-95% more than they even have--that's called fractional reserve banking. Our central bank, the Federal Reserve, makes fractional reserve banking possible, and that organization is also responsible for our boom and bust cycles. The Fed perpetuates boom and bust cycles by manipulating lending interest rates--something the market needs to determine for itself. The Fed also controls the money supply--when the government is short money, the Fed "prints" money by buying Federal government treasury bonds--among other things.
Then there's the revolving door between big business and government--this needs to stop because businesspeople go from Haliburton to Vice President and then support a bunch of legislation that benefits all their big business buddies. A symptom of this problem is the unlimited political campaign contributions corporations can give. And they do. Goldman Saches, a huge investment bank, was a top-five contributor to both Obama and McCain in 2008.
So don't think that it's all the Democrats' fault or it's all the Republicans' fault. Almost all the politicians are bought and paid for. I hear people say they understand this, but then they go vote for their favorite Dem or Repub so "the other guy doesn't win the election."
How about voting for principles you believe in instead of against something you don't believe in? There's no such thing as "wasting you vote!"
Corporations and politicians are not evil, but we need to be very careful what we allow our politicians and corporation heads' do.
Now I will plug this response with: Ron Paul 2012!
Ron Paul understands these issues better than anyone else in the arena right now. Please consider looking into his positions on issues. He doesn't have a easy-to-understand agenda full of one-liners, but I have found that when I open my mind to the issues he talks about, I end up agreeing with most of his conclusions, which is more than I can say for any other candidate.