It has been over a month since the occupy movements have started. Occupy Wall Street, occupy St. Pauls, occupy Portland Oregon… occupy over 70 major cities globally. Anyway, I spent some time searching around to understand exactly why these occupy people are so upset, why I should be upset. Considering myself a pretty regular dude, not a multi-millionaire banker, I thought I may need to go have a sit in and occupy my local bodega.
So in general it appears we are protesting socio-ecomonic inequality, corruption, greed… the usual anyway. The unique aspect of the occupy movement that seems different to me versus a standard strike or sit in is that this one looks to be squarely focused on the financial industry. While I am not one to dismiss or defend that incredible level of fiscal mismanagement, lack of economic oversight, and general thieving by mortgage brokers, I am a bit torn. Working in financial services for the last 7 years has provided me with a certain respect for what I see as some of the hard working people in the world. Funny enough, some of the supposed enemy at the occupy Wall Street movement have taken it upon themselves to respond to the sit in with a letter in full past the jump.
“We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, it’s not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back some whatever, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 4am and work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t’ demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team to $5k extra a summer, thank you very much. So now that we’re going to be making $8k a year without upside, Joe Main street is going to have his revenge right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but its really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom. We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Main street our food supply…will he? And will they?”
An interesting response to the movement for sure. What say you? Sound off in the comments.