Originally Posted by Cado
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.
Corporations pay the government, so that the government gives them money and better opportunities. I know exactly what I'm talking about, thank you. When the government doesn't let the business fail, then that is the governments fault, not the business.
There is no social contract. That's such bull. I hate when people bring that up. NO ONE signed this contract you keep speaking of. NO one deserves anything, and no one is obligated to do anything for anyone else. You earn things, and you choose what you give out.
" oh they were told to do this! It's not their fault!"
Everything is our fault. What the hell is wrong with this mindset lately, that everything is everyone's fault but ours. We create our own reality. We make our own choices and decisions. Poor become rich and rich become poor. poor stay poor and rich stay rich. I got a mountain of debt. I'm not whining or complaining about it. I'm not blaming anyone for it. It was MY decision to make, no one elses. It's my burden to bear, and I will bear it.
They'd all love for their debt to be paid off, and go to college for free. Try to deny that. The whole mentality I'm seeing is gimmie gimmie gimmie.
If we keep heading the way we are, then yeah, 1st world economy is going to go down the crapper, I'm sure. And it all comes down to government control.