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Restoring the middle class

Original post made on Oct 27, 2011

With "occupy" protests erupting in small bursts of violence and 99 percent-ers calling for a more balanced distribution of wealth, concerns for the beleaguered middle class abound. In this week's [Web Link Raucous Caucus], educator and recruiter Tom Cushing discusses three issues that need to be addressed to resuscitate the middle class: trade and currency adjustment; construction and housing and education.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 1:23 PM

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Posted by Deanise
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

I live only on my Social security and a small savings, but please, don't put me in that category of middle class that is destroying the city of Oakland, costs millions to clean up after.
Don't they realize that this 1% is feeding and employing them?

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Posted by Sonya
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

The demonstrators are NOT part of a solution; they ARE creating costs and problems. Why do news reports/reporters keep broadcasting that MOST Americans support the demonstrators? MOST Americans are still at work while the demonstrators are enjoying publicity and good weather. Wish it would rain for a week.

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Posted by Reporters fan ignorance
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

Many ignorant reporters contribute to the ignorant masses. Many protesters are anti-American Berjerkley miscreants. Some worthy politically naive who do have various reasons, end up only helping the ignorant masses.
It is true the real middle-class is bearing the burden, for many of the bums who have always hated even the middle-class.
When Michael Moore, the new Jess Jackson, shows up, it's time to turn off the TV.
Hey Sonya, I like that...think I'll do a rain dance.

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Posted by Reporters fan ignorance
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

Just heard on KGO union activists are now trying to get city and county workers to skip work on Wed 'however they have to not work' and to show up to help the occupiers. No surprise,I've known all along, with the purple SEIU shirts and public employees, who just fan any protest to make it about the public unions ! Now it's becoming another Peoples Republic of public employee socialist protest....
Innocent,politically naive who had grievances about loss of & job shortage, etc. are drowned out by the regular (& paid) leftist, socialist, union activists...who ruin it for what started out legitimately. Ignorant reporters and union political activists ruin it for everybody. The costs they create will just come out of other programs,

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Yes, those ungrateful protesters should just shut up, go home, and keeping looking for that elusive job, while the financial institutions that caused this depression go on handing out bonuses and refusing to make loans (despite sitting on a pile of cash and having been bailed out by the government).

Only those with power deserve to exercise First Amendment rights.

And, what's wrong with the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the middle class disappearing, anyway?

(I believe that is what you all were really trying to say, right?)

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Posted by Denise
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:10 am

Sam, if they want to demonstrate against the financial institutions then do in front of them, but do not stop the merchants that are trying to make a living, destroying their property and loose customers, because they are afraid to go shopping.
We the middle class or the poor will have to pay for the clean up of the mess they are creating.the banks are not going to pay , but you [if you pay taxes] and me will.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Well, it sounded like the objections being voiced here were mostly to the message itself, and that folks here were essentially saying that the protesters should just stop protesting and be grateful to the 1% that any of them were being employed at all.

Change doesn't come without a demand for change. Public protests are just about the only avenue left to those who can't afford high-priced lobbyists.

The "collateral damage" is unfortunate. But, sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette.

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