October 18, 2011
Editor’s Note: Carole Townsend, a correspondent for the Daily Post, is writing a blog called “Food for Thought.”
Have you been watching the news, with all this fuss about young unemployed, disgruntled Americans protesting corporate greed and injustice? What do you think about it? I think it looks like a lot of fun, like a giant outdoor sleepover in big cities. I’m not really sure of its purpose, though.
I get that people are fed up. We own a home that’s worth about $80,000 less than we paid for it 12 years ago. We own a small business and can’t afford to hire more employees (that we need) because the taxes and insurance are so burdensome. Banks have carte blanche to stick it to whomever necessary in order to maintain their fat profits. I get it, believe me.
The goal(s) of the Occupy (Street Name) movement seem terribly unclear to me. I heard a young woman being interviewed this morning, and when she was asked what the Occupy Atlanta agenda is, she answered, “To right the injustices.” I’d love to see her resume.
It excites me to see people activate and move when something matters. What I hate to see is a bunch of unemployed people rise to the occasion by spouting empty catch phrases and not washing their clothes or hair. The 60s were a bad experiment. We need to remember that.
I read somewhere this morning in my daily perusal of newspapers that the Occupiers are demanding a $20.00 per hour living wage? Across-the-board debt forgiveness for all? Why didn’t we think of that? I’ll tell you what I’d like to see:
I’d like to see banks be reasonable with people who have made their payments on time, every month, for years but who are caught with devalued property because of irresponsible lending practices. Frankly, I think responsible homeowners are getting the short end of the stick.
I’d like to see people who say they want to work, be willing to take a job that pays less than $20 per hour. We were never promised all we need, whenever we need it. In fact we were promised nothing, but I will always believe that people are happier working for minimum wage than sitting at home drawing endless unemployment. At least I believe we are wired that way.
And lastly, entitlement is the downfall of any economy, any society. No one owes us anything. Just because you were raised being praised for coloring inside the lines and being handed a trophy so you wouldn’t feel left out, doesn’t mean that’s the way the world works. It’s tough, and the resourceful survive.
Change is necessary. How best to go about achieving it remains to be seen.
Do you understand the Occupy Wall Street movement? Help us out.