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The Mounting Anger And Frustration Of Main Street Shakes The Pillars Of Wall Street

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The pillars of Wall Street are shaking as the dormant power of the American people has awakened and erupted in an increasing anger that has given birth to a growing movement of protests across America. This is a movement that began when people who have been subjected to every form of deceit and manipulation finally had enough and took to the streets to occupy Wall Street. And, hopefully, that corrupted financial sector of America may never be the same.


The masters of Wall Street should be trembling at the power of the people evolving in the streets below. This movement is just in its beginning stages and with each passing day it is growing in strength. It's just over a month old and from a few hundred ordinary Americans, it has now exploded into many thousands with the addition of union members; and there is talk that it will soon spread to college campuses.

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Sure the power brokers that control Wall Street are going about their business as usual, giving the appearance of thinking that these foolish, misguided demonstrators will soon tire and drift away. But the financial sector, notwithstanding its superior, arrogant persona, is plenty worried and very apprehensive because it senses that this rapidly emerging power of the people may be a force that, once it gets a head of steam, cannot be stopped.


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The Occupy Wall Street movement, OWS, is sending a clear message to these financial manipulators that those who live on Main Street America no longer will let themselves be dominated and used as pawns in these crooked schemes. This movement is also sending a signal to the members of the dysfunctional U.S. Congress that it must do something of substance to address the myriad of problems that are facing this nation; from the economic crisis to continued unemployment to a deteriorating infrastructure.


America 's continuing state of crisis begs for solutions. But in order to solve any problem it is necessary identify the root cause(s). And the root cause of America's biggest problems, in my opinion, is Corporate America's massive power and control over the U.S. Congress that has put the interests of the business sector at the highest priority and the needs and interests of the people on the back burner.


The degree of greed and associated corruption involved with the consortium of the business sector far too many members of the Congress is astounding. The people who now rule and control this nation have dollar signs in their eyes and green blood runs through their veins. When they think about money it gives them a high that not even drugs can match. When money, power and influence determine the agenda and direction of this nation, and the people no longer have any say, then this democracy is in grave danger.


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In that great movie "Wall Street", Gordon Gekko, the corporate titan, gave a speech to investors and said, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works." That super-slick master of Wall Street knew exactly what he was talking about, for his observations in 1987 have now become the order of the day as the Gekko's of America today are being allowed to run rampant within the financial sector, with little to no oversight by the Congress.


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