Gary McDonald: Samira, That public statement by the OWS “leaders” shows how misguided those people are. All blame is placed on corporations. Not one bit of blame was placed on the true culprits, those in the government that created the mess we’re in. The so called Great Recession would never have happened without Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae degrading lending standards, without artificially low interest rates caused by the irresponsible Fed flooding the economy with liquidity, without tax laws that favored home ownership over any other type of investment. If you want change that improves life, first you should focus on the problem and change the cause of the problem.
Jason Jones: For all Keith Olbermann's spitting, I don't think the statement has a lot of merit either. I stick to my original point that it's interesting that historically, people were mad because they were forced to do things (e.g. swear allegiance, recant their religion, leave their land, take a certain job, or literally starve to death). Now people are mad because companies are, in their opinion, offering the wrong things. I'd point out that not a single one of the things in their statement is unilateral. Someone somewhere is buying what's being offered, in full knowledge of the circumstances they complain about (outsourcing, animal abuse, etc).
Gary McDonald: Bryan, strangely, this is my first post of this type. I don’t know why I didn’t before, or decided to comment this time. It is interesting that we share the view of OWS focusing on the wrong things, and how they should focus on the Fed and government/banking relationship. This really isn’t the argumentative side. It’s actually aligned with the original poster’s comment.