Monday, October 10, 2011

[Video] Alan Grayson Describes What Occupy Wall Street is All About on Real Time w/ Bill Maher

Former Rep Alan Grayson was considered a bit of a loose cannon when serving in Congress, but was a favorite of the blogosphere for being quite blunt - agree or disagree with his views.  As the 'Occupy Wall Street' "mob"* strengthens, the question is what is their main message - especially as a lot of groups piggy back.  Grayson was on Real Time with Bill Maher and probably explains the main thrust better than I've seen in a lot of other media outlets.  My main beef with his explanation is I believe the issue is 'corporatism' rather than 'Wall Street' - blaming Wall Street for the what has corrupted the system is incomplete.  Broadly speaking many people feel that the political system is bought and paid for, and their voice is no longer heard.  As long as we had bubbles of the stock and real estate sort to distract, and create a sense of wealth that was transitory, that was 'ok', but now that the tide has washed out, and economic opportunities are lacking for many - it has become an issue.

This is a 5 minute video - but you can skip straight to minute 1:40 for where Grayson begins to talk.

*Cantor's words....

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