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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Why Can't More Americans Be Like These Folks?

All of the debate about the role of government would be null and void if more Americans were like this guy. And these folks.

Truly amazing stories and great examples of how the little guy does actually have some power if they dedicate some time and patience to this stuff. But this brings up a larger issue.

Certainly, the right wing media industrial complex would applaud these individuals for assuming responsibility for themselves and their circumstances and getting the job done. I'm wondering why they aren't that way with the Occupy Wall Street Movement? Up to this point, the right has largely painted the OWS folks as socialist hippies who want the government to run everything. Yet, this movement has essentially been saying the same thing as the Tea Party and, like Patrick Rodgers, Wayne Nyerges, and Maureen Collier have taken it upon themselves to work outside of the government and stick it to the banks.

In the past month, 650,000 people have transferred their money from the big banks that the OWS movement are protesting to smaller banks and credit unions. Part of this is due to the new fees that banks have been adding but the other part is due to the OWS movement. Early estimates indicate that the banks have taken a couple of billion dollar hit from this change. This isn't a large amount when you consider all their transactions but it's not chump change either.

So, I'm wondering...what's the problem? Pastor Ed and Doctor Sean were absolutely apoplectic about the OWS movement calling for people to transfer their money. "Our economy will collapse!!!" they both screamed at me last weekend at the gum. I don't get it. The government wasn't forcing anyone to do anything. This is simply a movement of people exercising free will and participating in a free market choice.

Why Can't More Americans Be Like These Folks?