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Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

From Wall Street to Main Street,
We're All In This Together

Jeff Rosenberg over at MnPublius always gives me something to think about. He writes, "I still don't know how I feel about the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement itself." I feel the same way. Mainly, because the people who the economy is most affecting -- the unemployed and underemployed -- can't afford to travel to New York. But if there's any unifying message to the protests, it's this: We're all in this together.

For some people, the weakened economy means they can only buy a $2,000 refrigerator instead of a $3,000 one.

As you move down the economic continuum, the weakened economy means making a current refrigerator do for another year or two.

Buying a refrigerator from Craigslist.

Or moving into a refrigerator box.

Whatever rung we inhabit on the economic ladder, we're all in this together. That's the message I hope the OccupyWallStreet movement carries forth.

Since it's Friday, think about following @JeffRosenberg and @OccupyWallSt on Twitter.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, kiddo, great news! One need not travel to Wall Street! There's a huge movement in conjunction with them in St. Louis. In Boston, in Chicago, in Houston, in towns and cities all over the country.

    Eric Cantor ( a personal nemesis of mine) claims that the people are losers who are making irrational demands, are creating violence. He refers to them as the "growing mobs," and sees no rhyme or reason for them to complain.

    On a different note, Nancy Pelosi said, "God bless them for their spontaneity." Quite a difference in perspective. Other than some brutal police attacks, the large groups across the nation appear to be peaceful in nature, only wanting to have their complaints know. (Heaven knows I have a few hundred! Don't get me started, though...unless you want to?) ;)

    FirstWord MSNBC (http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/07/8206043-cantor-says-hes-concerned-by-mobs-at-occupy-wall-street) said the following:

    Other political leaders have been more coy in their approach toward the demonstrations; President Obama nodded toward the protests as a sign of broader frustration over the state of the economy.

    As for Republicans, Mitt Romney accused the protesters of engaging in "class warfare," but has otherwise stayed silent about the demonstrations. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called them the "Obama demonstrations," while Texas Rep. Ron Paul encouraged the protests.

    "If they were demonstrating peacefully ... and making a point, and arguing our case, and drawing attention to the Fed–I would say, good!"

    I know that I say GOOD! In fact, I say GREAT!


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