Commentary by Sarah Bowman
The Protesters May Be Speaking Their Mind, but Do They Really Know Why They’re Protesting?
Yes, I have student loans. Am I mad about that? No. Because I chose to go to college. Do I think college should be given to me? No. It’s something you work for. It’s something you earn. Don’t want to have to pay for it? Study hard and get scholarships. It’s not my (or any taxpayers’) fault you decided to be an art history major and during a recession you can’t “find a job.”
Honestly, don’t give me that “can’t find a job” line. Temp agencies are always hiring. McDonald’s is always hiring. How about, rather than trashing the streets, blocking traffic and using an NYPD car as a bathroom, you look for a job?
These Occupy “where ever you are” protesters are getting on my last nerve.
Here’s an idea. Want to stick it to the banks? Don’t take a loan. Don’t borrow money. Don’t spend more than you make. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Want to change the world? Want to change policy?
Don’t just hang out. DO SOMETHING. Contact your representatives, your senators, the president. Write letters, tweets, emails. Make phone calls.
Do I agree with the protesters? No. Have you read some of the “demands” of the group? Wow. If that’s the kind of government and regulations they want, I’m sure Cuba would love to have them. But their anger is directed at the wrong group. It’s not Wall Street or bankers, it’s the failed administration of Barack Obama. The protesters need to move from Wall Street to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Here’s the deal. Just because you were born in America, you’re only entitled to three things, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. No one said “health care” or “college education.” People who have worked for things (and yes, even those who have inherited it) owe nothing to anyone.
Yes. We need to boost the economy, but I’ve never known of a poor company hiring people, it’s always the companies that are doing well that hire. We need to get our people back to work. We need to stop the wasteful spending (and bailouts). This is America. No one and no company is too big to fail. It is failing is how we learn. At nine months of age, we didn’t start walking around without falling a few times.
Unlike this blogger, I don’t consider myself a percentage. My husband and I don’t own, we rent. Having worked for a mortgage company, I knew that once the “balloon loans” everyone was getting came due, it was going to burst. And it did. But I knew what we could and couldn’t afford. So we didn’t buy.
It’s about personal responsibility. That’s what it all comes down to. It’s something that worked for our grandparents… why can’t our generation do it? Stop blaming and start working. And be sure to vote in 2012.