Are we next? Are you serious? Aren’t we the victims not the cause? What is really going on? It is not Wall Street, it is only a symbol. Everyone is feeling the relentless pressure of the economic slowdown. Another year with a skinny Christmas and no bonus. A helpless feeling of just holding on and not being able to do anything about it. Savings dwindling, if you still have any, and forget about retirement money. Everyone knows a recent grad that can’t find a job or someone a little older who lost theirs. Throw in student loans that promise a lifetime obligation and you add gasoline to the fire.
That’s what the movement is all about and it is not going away soon. Less than 10 % of the people are happy with their current government and there is worse to come. Perhaps as soon as next week when the US Congress puts on another demonstration in a dysfunctional system when they are forced to vote on more budget cuts that will lead to more layoffs and contractions which will undoubtedly lead to further stagnation. Next year does not look particularly good and the lack of leadership is appalling.
So don’t take this movement lightly. There are legitimate deep-seated grievances and hostility is looking for an escape hatch. We are at almost 15 % unemployment in this community and only 25 years ago we had serious race riots. These are not just fringe movements. People are angry, frustrated, disappointed and want change. We likely won’t see it in an invasion of Brickell Avenue but it is not just Wall Street they are angry at.