Tuesday, November 22, 2011

UPI, other media protesting Zuccotti Park eviction

The venerable broadcast news network UPI came down hard today, joining younger publications such as "The Huffington Post" on the ham-handed techniques employed by police in dealing with journalists covering OccupyWallSt occupation of Zuccotti Park. In an unprecedented news analysis, the organization gave its opinion of what is coming for a stalled American economy if business and political leaders don't begin to interpret the signs of a looming disaster. - The Legendary

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Occupy Wall Street may be out of Zuccotti Park but Americans ignore its message only at their peril.

Dispossessed by police from prominent venues around the country, the forces that inspired mass, albeit unseemly demonstrations haven't abated. The United States is rapidly fracturing into two nations -- affluent players in the global economy and a growing mass facing diminished circumstances for themselves and their children.

If forces marginalizing millions aren't addressed, America is headed for much worse than tent cities and baths in parks. Economic bifurcation into the super affluent and the poor will erode the institutions and values that bound together immigrants from many heritages, faiths and tongues into a single nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports about 100 million Americans -- one-in-three -- live in or perilously close to poverty. Many are working but rely on food stamps, government agencies and charity to feed, clothe and provide medical care to their children. Most have too few resources to see a dentist regularly or even subscribe to a daily newspaper. They rely on cars, often because decent housing is much too costly near their work and are forced to live too inconveniently from grocery stores, other services and multiple jobs to practically rely on public transportation.

Hardly all marginalized Americans are recent immigrants with poor English proficiency. Many are high school graduates or have been to college but can't land a decent, permanent job that permits skills building and initiates the climb to middle-class affluence. Many are older workers, whose positions permanently disappeared during the Great Recession.

The economy has changed and simply no longer needs these workers and that is nothing new. Stagnant wages, declining living standards and a shrinking middle have been in the headlines for more than a decade...

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