Social inequality in the recovery from economic recession: setting the stage for a bitter national general election?
The concerns of the current movement may seem undefined at this time to an unsuspecting public; however, there are some insinuations that the concerns of this group may end up setting the stage for a bitter general elections in 2012. The spread across the nation of prototypes of Occupy the Wall Street movement is beginning to look more like the beginning of no return for many who have been disenfranchised by the economic recession. A few participants of the movement assign blame to congress which has failed to do its job in raising bills that may create jobs for the teaming millions; or, ameliorate the challenges or pains of an economic recession. Furthermore, a few in the movement assign blame to the Whitehouse for not showing enough leadership to address the Nine percent plus National Unemployment.
To build an equitable and egalitarian society as envisaged by those who were here before us, there is going to be the need for competition and compassion. Absent these may lead to social strife, a condition which no responsible government can entertain. Without an active employment of public policies that directly addresses the immediate needs of the people for work, we begin to brew socio-economic disaster; as social inequality that precipitates financial repression leads people to do unimaginable things. The Occupy the Wall Street movement is symptomatic of perceived social inequality, whether they truly exist or not. Deprivation and suffering during a recession teaches people to get into survival mode as each ends up following a script or checklist of how to overcome the oppressions of the privileged or under-performing economy; whether perceived or real.
The new normal, where unemployment remains at a little over nine percent, demand revolutionary thinking, where congressional lawmakers are committed to sacrifice and team work to resolve the long standing problem of high unemployment, is hardly frowned upon. The current snipping between the two major parties in congress leaves room for too much uncertainties; a situation where citizens feel helpless and disgruntled to the extent of taking the law into their hands. Many people in the Occupy the Wall Street movement would probably inform any listener that they are in a proactive mode, since no one in government has taken it upon himself or herself to address their immediate concerns for a job. The concerns for those in the Tea Party and by default the Republican Party, maybe the high and climbing public debts; however for now, the concerns of those that are sitting in on Wall Street and City Halls, is the protracted suffering of millions, due to the biting recession, home foreclosures and the inaction of the congress to attend to laws that could turn the tides of misfortune.