The 99 per cent that Occupiers represent are demanding change and are gaining supporters from all walks of life.
In the past, the North American and European economies were dependent on an automobile sector, decent wages and population growth. Not to mention a need for consumers to keep on spending to keep the economy going. What is happening now is literally the opposite.
The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing dramatically.
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The population is aging and there are less working people to support the government and society.
Corporations are outsourcing jobs to countries like China and India. There are less decent-paid jobs now and unemployment is increasing. The people are no longer earning $30 per hour unless you work for the government. This is reducing consumer spending, saving, and increasing debt. The population is basically scrambling for minimum-wage jobs.
Occupy Wall Street is an interesting phenomenon because it reflects this anxiety.
Alex Sangha, Delta, B.C.