[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Photo used under a Creative Commons license from Flickr user Mat McDermott"][/caption] The New York Times had a surprisingly good editorial in support of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon over the weekend.
As the Occupy Wall Street protests spread from Lower Manhattan to Washington and other cities, the chattering classes keep complaining that the marchers lack a clear message and specific policy prescriptions. The message — and the solutions — should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention since the economy went into a recession that continues to sock the middle class while the rich have recovered and prospered. The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening[...] It is not the job of the protesters to draft legislation. That’s the job of the nation’s leaders, and if they had been doing it all along there might not be a need for these marches and rallies. Because they have not, the public airing of grievances is a legitimate and important end in itself. It is also the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge.The New York Times editorial board has it absolutely correct. It's unbelievable that anyone taking a look at the name "Occupy Wall Street" could fail to find a message in their act of protest. And Occupy Wall Street has played a major part in forcing our political leaders to realize that they're still doing it wrong, that their refusal to hold Wall Street accountable over a generation has wrecked the economy and severely impaired our recovery.
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