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Herman Cain doesn't realize that young people today do not lack initiative. They lack opportunity - chicagotribune.com
Those who claim they just do not get what is happening in these protests need to read this article with an open mind.Young people see a dysfunctional political system, in which policies that could alleviate widespread distress and help put the economy back on a path to growth have been declared off limits. They see a political system that makes them suffer along with middle- and lower-income people of all ages for the sake of the corporate interests whose money now dominates American government.
The lion's share of the new wealth the United States economy has generated over the last few decades has gone to the very rich the "1 percent," as the Occupy Wall Street protesters put it. The rest of us have faced stagnating wages but spiraling costs for the things that are necessary for a secure middle-class life, including housing, education and health care. Many Americans have made up the difference by borrowing. And the fact that middle-class living standards have been maintained at all owes much to the fact that both spouses in a typical household now work which actually makes families more susceptible to the risks of job loss.