They left and that's when the black woman, who had been listening to us, observed that much more is needed. "No one cares about poor people," I responded. My mother [who is not poor but one of the 99 percent] already lost some of her Social Security, I told her. She nodded.
The Independent had told me we must reform our entitlement programs. "Reform" has been a euphemism for "reduce." Why are we avoiding that terrible word? Because we must reform them indeed, or else bleed the lower class to extinction which, believe it or not, will have dire repercussions for the economy.
I would have asked Bloomberg about defense cuts to increase the billions still backing up Social Security distributions. That issue was not mentioned. How else can we help people? By not hurting them. It's as simple as that.
The Independent gentleman with whom I spoke identified himself with the 99 percent even as he expressed admiration for the mayor, who would like to remove the Occupy Wall Street people from their encampment at Zuccotti Park. At least the Independent listened to my responses. At least Bloomberg came to speak at CAP.
Next time, big as he is, he needs growth as much as the economy does. Next time he should field questions. We can take it from there.