Originally Posted by russianrocket
Call it what you want, but the people who started this, were mostly college students who couldn't get a job, after getting their degree. And yes, they are liberals. And yes, none of them have a set goal, and most of them have no clue why they are even there. The same people who are out there, are the same people who voted for open. College students flooded the polls in droves, and that's exactly what they are doing now. And, they want their dear leader for a second term, to fix all the problems for them.
Everything I've seen about this, is people who want free college, and free everything. They want Obama to give them everything.
You have no idea what you're talking about.
They're attacking Wall Street for a reason. Smaller government wouldn't mean dick if corporations were still in control. That is first and foremost what this is about.
I'd also say those kids you mention are well within their right to be pissed because they've done everything they've been told to do and now they're under a mountain of debt without a means to pay it off. The social contract has been broken, the middle-class life they've been promised by institutions is not materializing even though they have their degree and search day and night for work.
That's not a desire to be "handed" anything-it's justifiable outrage at being stuck with student loans they can't wipe away through bankruptcy while major companies are handed trillions of dollars to keep afloat, many of whom either don't need it or misappropriated it. We have socialism for the upper class and capitalism for everyone else. It's a rigged game and if we don't change that we're just gonna rearrange chairs on the Titanic.
Edit: Oh, and concerning your 99%/1% comment-the same people they're protesting are partly responsible for the poverty in other parts of the world, and if people don't speak up now we're gonna see poverty on that level in areas of first world countries one or two decades from now. The economy isn't a magic engine that will suddenly sputter to life a few years from now and everything will go back to the way it was. Things have changed, and if the playing field isn't leveled somehow anyone who isn't super-wealthy is going to be $%^#ed.