Friday, November 11, 2011

Occupy Protesters: Lazy or Just Fed Up?

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The unemployment rate is currently at 9 percent according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and monthly job growth has slowed to an average of just 90,000 new jobs a month over the past six months, a pace at which growth in the working-age population will always exceed the number of new jobs being created. All something that can’t be fixed by dumping McDonald’s application on protesters. That was exactly what The Chicago Board of Trade did to Occupy protesters in Chicago, and this wasn’t their first stunt.

The Chicago Board of Trade also plastered “We Are the One Percent” on their windows last month right in front of all the people general fed up with the way unemployment is heading or just those who previously felt alone in their belief that the current economic system is broken.

Dumping McDonald’s applications on protesters can’t solve everything. McDonald's has already declared their plans to hire 50,000 new employees in a single day in April, but the restaurant was consequently swamped with more than one million applications. There are simply not enough jobs for the 13.9 million unemployed people in America as of October, a McDonald's spokeswoman told the Huffington Post in April.

And even though people are aggravated by the unemployment rate, government corruption, collapsing environment, labor standards, World Bank lending practices, housing policy, and the increasing wealth disparity, and are trying to do something about it by voicing their opinion, people like The Chicago Board of Trade and other people populating the one percent are calling these protesters lazy college dropouts.

The thing is there are not just teens and college students out there protesting. There are people out there married with kids who are out of a job and are desperate to find another one despite there not being enough. There are also elderly people slipping into poverty and college kids graduating into piles of debt with no way to enter into the competitive job force.

This contagion called the 99 percent force a reconsideration of the way the nation does business because as members of a democratic country, they are entitled to do so, even though we appear to be falling away from democracy with the way giant corporations run things. The protesting against corporate greed and the social and economic inequality shouldn’t just be kicked to the side and covered up with photocopied McDonald’s applications.

The one percent populated by the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry who happily take bailouts from the federal government, but who look down on programs helping the rest of the population, and the uninformed individuals oblivious to the happenings of the state and causes of the economy who call these protesters lazy and throw McDonald’s applications on top of them are incredibly ignorant and rude. They are just forcing the gap between the 99 and one percent further and ignoring the many rising inequalities presented today.

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