As a political moderate, I’m careful about movements and protests. The Tea Party was briefly interesting to me, but then it was co-opted by corporate interests who want to use it to destroy governmental regulatory authority. We need balanced, effective regulation, not no regulation, so I saw that movement for what it was and went the other way. Now, this new movement has been portrayed on Fox News and CNN as a bunch of extremists. When I see their stories about it, I see scruffy looking people with weird signs. But here, from the Atlantic, is a very different picture–taken by people as ordinary as the perfectly clean and normal looking protestors. I’ve got a feeling that that when they say they’re the 99%, they’re telling the truth. We the people of the western world bailed out a financial system that had been abused by the irresponsible activities of its stewards. And how have they repaid us? By hoarding our money, refusing to give loans and jacking up credit card interest rates to obscene levels–all the while giving themselves astronomical pay raises with our money. No, I don’t think these people are kooks or extremists. This movement is not going to go away until something is done.
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