In a letter to the Pennlive Editor, McCartney wrote "The protesters need to wake up and smell the money." Chris Butcher sets the record straight with this brilliant response.
I write in response to Mr. Bob McCartney's letter (Oct. 16), "Protesters need to wake up and earn their own way." I do not speak for Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Harrisburg, but Mr. McCartney obviously misses the real and simple message of this movement: The system is broken and is grossly unfair.
Mr. McCartney alleges that the "occupiers" are unprepared or unskilled for life, which causes their frustration, leading to protest. In fact, the protesters in New York and locally span all generations, incomes, professions, beliefs, races and ages. If Mr. McCartney had only visited Occupy Harrisburg and spoken to the protesters, as I did, he would know this.
Mr. McCartney says "America is a capitalistic society"; but what kind of capitalistic society? Here in Pennsylvania, income growth by the top 1 percent exceeded the combined growth of the other 99 percent during the last decade. This "capitalistic society" has 14 million unemployed, 45.5 million on food stamps, 50 million without health insurance and has seen the decline of real wages for the bottom 80 percent.
Mr. McCartney says, " ... wake up and smell the money." We have. And from Wall Street to State Street, it stinks. That is why the Occupy movement grows stronger every day.
Author - Chris Butcher
Occupy Harrisburg would like to thank PennLive.com for publishing this letter and their continued coverage of Occupy Harrisburg Events.
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