Go take a look at We Are the 99 Percent, a site put up by some of the Occupy Wall Street folks. Very few of the featured sad tales mention Wall Street institutions, but most talk about college loans. I guess my generation’s occupations of college administration buildings took the glamour off confronting the schools who tricked these folks into majoring in studies which lead to few, if any, employment opportunities. Another set of bad guys had to be found, and bankers made the loans.
In the course of my education, I studied lots of subjects not directly related to my degree in Engineering, but if I’d had to rely on the my study of French, I’d have spent most of my career asking, “Voulez-vous pommes frites avec ca?”
When asked about the Occupy Wall Street protests, White House Chief of Staff Daly said,
I don’t know if it’s helpful. I wouldn’t characterize it that way.
If the protests helped to focus rage at millionaires, billionaires, and corporate jet owners, I’m sure that the White House gang would find them helpful. But to the average voter the occupiers come off as, for the most part, a mix of crackpots and spoiled brats. Their big PR blunder was failing to put some normal looking people out front.
Allahpundit has a review of reactions similar to mine. Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—Bookworm writes at PJ Tattler,
It’s pretty clear that a core issue animating these protesters is the ridiculous debt obligations that they voluntarily assumed. It’s therefore almost funny to see the working class union types leaping on board to help out kids whose demands, if acceded to, will pile ever greater debt on the ordinary working stiffs in America.