I was flipping through the channels the other day, and was surprised to see how quickly this ad by MoveOn.org got on the air two days later after the Oakland police crackdown on the Occupy Oakland demonstrators. Personally, I support the Occupy Wall Street movement and am certainly supportive of all peaceful expressions of free speech and the message they are conveying.
I’m an Ivy League graduate with a “Top 10” MBA, and I am in the 99% getting by in the very expensive San Francisco Bay Area which has a very, very high cost of living, Even with a well paying job, I feel like I’m barely getting by and wonder about the next generation of Americans. When I graduated from college, I was lucky to get a job during a major recession (the worst job market for college graduates until now) and had over $17,000 in loans ($25,000 in today’s dollars). The real challenge for the Occupy Wall Street protestors is to mobilize collective anger into actual legislation through electoral change in our representative democracy that has been corrupted by money.