Columns / Discourse / October 12, 2011

Observing America: Pointing fingers (and placards) at the wrong people

America is confused. Whether it is the Tea Party or Wall Street sit-in, the American people have no clue what they want. They voted in 2010 to cut spending and keep taxes low but then again they are clueless on what they want government to cut. Entitlement spending? No, obviously not because it benefits many Americans. Foreign aid? Yes, because it pretty much benefits no one and constitutes only one to two percent of the federal budget. Americans need to get serious and think about what they want.

This confusion is very clear in the recent Wall Street protests. They took the pitchfork to New York City, but now what? They have no policy plan like the Tea Party had. They are against the government helping out the big banks or the fat cats but this movement wants more regulation. Wait a minute. These people do not trust government but want government to take a larger role in the markets? There is confusion.

They are clueless. If you are against corporate greed then you would probably agree with conservatism where you keep government small and you let those who abused the markets to fail. The right rallied against bailouts and a government handout because the right does not trust the government’s use of taxpayers’ money and does not play nice with subsidizing businesses. The Tea Party is an excellent example.

Wall Street protests only manifest anger. There are no solutions in these protests. There are no legislative proposals to try to get rid of corporate greed or to try to help the working class.

Americans have to question what this movement wants. They are angry for several good reasons — one of them being that the unemployment rate is still too high to bear — but where was this movement back when Democrats were in control of Congress and had a very popular President in the oval office? The Wall Street sit-ins are clearly leftist but they need to carry out their protests against the government that handed out those bailouts. And yes, that’s President Obama and the many Democrats who controlled the legislative branch from 2006 to 2010.

Don’t blame Wall Street, blame those who saved the corporate greed and who created cases like Solyndra. So take the protests to Pennsylvania 1600 and try to change the country. Take your pitchforks but take your solutions. Take your anger but make something productive out of it.

Wake up America; don’t get played like a fiddle. Populism sounds great on paper but like the founders of these Wall Street protests, Occupy Wall Street has zero solutions on their website.

Get serious and acknowledge the fact that America has had the same kind of politics for the last decade only for the fact that Bush was a Republican and Obama is a Democrat. If you are angry then realize that this was not the private sector but was a consistently terrible administration of government institutions. For example, where were the regulators back before the recession or for that reason where were they in the oil spill? Where are the jobs that Obama created with his 2009 jobs bill? Where is government on the financial state of America? Nowhere. There is no leadership and these Wall Street protests have serious intentions but no serious plans. That’s the problem. Target the right people and then you’ll get results.

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.

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