The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are headed to the neighborhood homes of millionaire CEOs in New York City. And the Denver Post is reporting today that the Occupy protesters have now moved into Aspen, the home of wealthy individuals as well as the ‘vacation home’ of many more millionaires.
knotmove.com is conducting a special series on ‘what the American Dream’ means to its writers. This is the two cents offered by the Denver Unemployment Examiner.
There was a terrific article on the Huffington Post titled Pain of Jobs Crisis Extends Beyond The Unemployed Themselves. There’s only one point -a big point – that was missed in this article which discusses the declining wages of working Americans, the millions of underemployed, government budgets, young people, small business with no demand for their products, and other ‘victims’ of the long term unemployment:
All of the family members, friends and even ‘relative strangers’ who have opened their homes to the unemployed – millions of long term unemployed Americans who are now homeless and living on the counches, in the spare bedrooms and in the basements of others. These generous Americans, whether they be friends, family members, neighbors or strangers are struggling themselves and are footing the bill for the unemployed workers and their families whom they’ve graciously opened their homes to.
This is a travesty – the government agencies, politicians and most media ignore this reality that excludes the unemployed from the jobless numbers, from the homeless counts and, just as importantly, from the benefits of any ‘tax credits and/or deductions for dependents’ because the unemployed don’t quaify as ‘dependents’ for tax return puposes.
These people who have opened their homes and their wallets to the unemployed are getting screwed – as we all are. The true high cost of unemployment is being pushed onto the backs of working, middle class Americans- and their ability to absorb this financial burden is being depleted – quickly, while politicians and others in the community watch and advocate doing nothing.
This is the American Dream?! Not the one I was taught growing up. Not the one I believe in.
Hello! Wake up America!”
That was the comment posted on the article by yours truly. Another HuffPost commenter responded to my comment with the following:
I live in a retirement complex where, when we moved in, each house was occupied by an elderly couple or widow. Now, about every third or fourth house also houses an adult son or daughter or whole families in addition to the retirees. I should also probably count the two or three houses that also include an even more elderly parent of the retiree. That’s probably as good an illustration of the situation in this country as any we could find.
This is the new American Dream.huh?
In his October 8 report titled, Occupy Denver expresses unfocused anger, Shawn Mathis, the Denver Christian Examiner wrote,
The Occupy Wall Street movement of the last few weeks has spilled over into Denver.
Ranging from ten to fifty attendees, Occupy Denver echoes the anger of Occupy Wall Street. The Denver Post has recently reported on this small group.
The first thing to note is the unfocused nature of the protesters. Signs protested Afghanistan as readily as they protested corporate greed. Interviews with some of the organizers (on Fox news and elsewhere) indicate that many are not concerned with any coherent message as much as expressing discontent with the current state of affairs.
As one interviewee explained: “This is a revolution not a reformation.”
Such sentiment does not betray a mindless reactionary mentality as much as a deep-seated discontent of reality.
The protesters are on to something. They should be dissatisfied. There is too much injustice. Too many things are wrong…
It’s possible that Mr. Mathis wrote this article before the protest began, but I attended the protest on Saturday and there were far more than 10-50 protesters. There were hundreds who came out to participate despite the cold, wet weather. I, for one, am a long-time 99er who ran out of UI benefits more than a year ago and still can’t find a job (other than the part time temporary jobs I was fortunate enough to string together over the summer).
The discrimination against unemployed job seekers is ramapant – and comes with a huge degree of age discrimination right in the center of it. This movement is going to grow – and I will be among the participants as long as it takes to get the attention of law makers – locally and in Washington, as well as the attention of people in our communities and in the media who have, to this point, gone out of their way to ignore the plight of hundreds of thousands in Colorado and millions around the country – a plight which consists of true poverty & homelessness among former, middle class American workers who are educated, played by the rules, paid taxes all for all of their working lives (20 years and more) but now have been told they won’t be considered for a job because they are unemployed and have been told they ‘do not qualify for assistance because they don’t have chlidren under the age of 18’.
Let me state this again: we are hidden in the basements, in the spare bedrooms and on the couches of friends,family members & relative strangers who have been gracious & generous enough to open their homes to the long term unemployed. Which – conveniently for the politicians – means we’re hidden from the homelessness counts just as we are hidden from the joblessness numbers.
Like millions of others, I’m begging for a $8-10/hr jobs – but because I don’t have the ability to drive my car (no money for insurance, to get my license reinstated etc – will be selling the damn thing soon, very soon) was told on Sunday that I don’t meet the requirements for an $8/hr house cleaning job. That’s the new American Dream, huh?
Bottom line: ‘Wall Street protesters fed up with both parties’.
That’s the headline of an AP report that can be found on just about any media outlet’s website, including the Denver Post, the Huffington Post, CBS news and many others.
MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan has said it best in his recent article: ‘Get Money Out: Join 100,000 Americans”
Money has bought our politics. Only we the people can take it back. But, HOW?
I have asked a professional lobbyist and a series of Constitutional scholars. They tell me that it will require a large, unrelenting, organized group aligned around a Constitutional Amendment to Get Money Out of politics.
So here is a draft of an Amendment and here is a petition to start the movement.
Read the Amendment and add your signature.
Our goal is to get a large, unrelenting, organized group to sign on to a petition asking our politicians to ban money in politics. If we can get it big enough, we can use my show on MSNBC as a platform to force this issue to the center of next year’s Presidential debate. Without you I am just a talking head. With you we are 100,000 American s for Justice.
So join us, at GetMoneyOut.com
*Note: as of yesterday afternoon, there were nearly 170,000 Americans who joined ‘GetMoneyOut’. Let’s make it 200,000, then 500,000, then 1,000,000…
If you haven’t heard already, military veterans were beaten by police in ‘Occupy Boston ‘ last night- see report/video above & to the left.