I've been following Occupy in the news and reading along here and I have some questions if someone would like to answer them. I guess I'd call myself a
fiscal conservative with some liberal leaning tendencies in other areas. I'm wondering if liberal thinkers and conservative thinkers could come together
on some things?
If the Occupy Wall street protestors are angry with the bankers and corporations and blame them for the financial collapse are they also equally angry with the Congresses and Presidents over the years that gradually built the system that has been used by the bankers and corporations to "loot the system"? Or do they think the Congressman/woman and Presidents were just bullied into setting up this system?
I'm not trying to be funny, I'm really asking. Because it seems to me, that Occupy is narrowly focused on blaming one side (the liberal left in the US blaming the conservative right) when many factors interdependently came together over time to create the current situation from both "sides". You may want to blame Regan's trickle down economics but it was our democratically controlled Congress that continuously rewarded and provided incentives to the banks and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allowing them to give loans to people who just could not afford it.
Other members of Congress warned them of what was coming if they continued with those policies but to no avail, hence the origin of the problem. Wall Street then went ahead and ran with it taking those bad loans and selling them (I'm not condoning it on any level whatsoever) but why did Congress do that to begin with? It seems to me that the liberal agenda of leveling the playing field and allowing everyone to own a home who maybe shouldn't have owned a home, was an ideology that had some dangerous consequences when put into practice.
The conservative right is always linked to the interests of the corporations and all the big money but it's democrats that have out spent republicans 5-1 in recent elections, taking money from people like George Soros who's has done more damage to economies around the world than any one person. Many members of our current president's cabinet and his advisers are former employees of Goldman Sacs.
These are the people helping him direct our current and future economic policies.
So I ask,
1. Are you equally upset with the Party you most closely align with?
2. What should be the solution ie what do you want to see happen and what will satisfy everyone so that they no longer Occupy?
3. What do you make of the violence that has erupted? Do you think it is just a result of the Communists and Anarchists hi jacking the movement and wanting to destroy capitalism or is that the option that most are looking for?