After today’s developments in the world of politics, I am really starting to feel like none of the GOP candidates truly has their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in America today. I have definitely scratched two more from the Cybersattva list today; Herman Cain and Mitt Romney.
In the past few weeks, there has been a series of demonstrations and protests on Wall Street, which have now spread to other cities including San Francisco. The “Occupy Wall Street” (which we’ll shorten to “OWS” for reading purposes here) protests on the part of disenfranchised Americans have been met with mixed reactions from the political world. In New York, over 700 people were arrested last Sunday after blocking traffic lanes and attempting to march across the Brooklyn Bridge during that day’s OWS protest.(1) Earlier today, demonstrators marched from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, down Market Street to City Hall, with a police escort.(2) The main difference between Sunday’s and today’s demonstrations; no one got arrested today.
Today, GOP candidate Herman Cain, former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza restaurant chain, directed the following comments at the OWS protesters:
“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Cain said. “It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”(3)
Cain stated that the protesters were attempting to distract the country from president Barack Obama’s “failed policies.” GOP candidate Mitt Romney, during a campaign stop in Florida yesterday, described the demonstrations as “dangerous” and “class warfare.”
It would appear that the people are a little more than a bit peeved at our government’s record of bailing out large corporations that are continuously exporting jobs overseas. It would seem that the citizenry are getting tired of seeing companies like AIG and Bank of America(4) receive substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars, and then turn around and either squander the funds on huge bonuses and frivolous trips, or put the screws to their customers by raising their fees.(5) It is these same taxpayers who were mere months ago, threatened with having their benefits cut or discontinued because Washington could not fund them. I would ask Messrs. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney: is it any wonder that more and more people have become disenchanted with the way things are being run? Are you really that surprised that this is happening? -W A K E U P!-