From the chatter on the early morning news shows, it appears that everyone is talking about unemployment and creating jobs. Unfortunately, that’s all it amounts to: talk. The Prez and Veep are on the road campaigning today in Michigan and Pennsylvania — “Pass The Bill Now.” And the Senate is getting ready on Tuesday to declare The Bill DOA in Congress.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Occupy Wall Street protest continues to pick up both demonstrators and mainstream media coverage. In fact, Cleveland now has a version of Occupy Wall Street. Although I expect that the event in Cleveland is being staged by the economic development an growth association folks as a ploy to lure people to spend time in downtown Cleveland. Oops. I digress.
I don’t believe that the Occupy Wall Street protests will ever change the often unethical and many times corrupt behavior of the Captains of Industry and the Wizards of Wall Street. But if the demonstrations — and now expanding media coverage — send a message to members of Congress and the administration that they better quit fiddling while the nation burns, then good. For millions without jobs, and for those who have lost or are losing their homes and savings, it’s a long time until the 2012 elections.
Here’s from a NYT editorial, “Protesters Against Wall Street“:
As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread from Lower Manhattan to Washington and other cities, the chattering classes keep complaining that the marchers lack a clear message and specific policy prescriptions. The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention since the economy went into a recession that continues to sock the middle class while the rich have recovered and prospered. The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening.
“The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening.”
Well, duh. Hey elected pols, policy wonks and lobbyists Inside the Beltway, get your head out of your collective ass. A growing number of people are trying to tell you something.
And what they have to say ain’t pretty.