The banks have said, leave us deregulated, we know how to run things, don’t put government in to meddle. Then with that freedom of maneuver they took huge gambles, and even made illegal actions, and then broke the world system. As soon as that happened then they rushed out to say ‘bail us out, bail us out, if you don’t bail us out, we’re too big to fail, you have to save us’. As soon as that happened, they said ‘oh, don’t regulate us, we know what to do’. And they almost went back to their old story, and the public is standing there, amazed, because we just bailed you out how can you be paying yourself billions of dollars of bonuses again? And the bankers say, ‘well we deserve it, what’s your problem’? And the problem that the Occupy Wall Street and other protesters have is: you don’t deserve it, you nearly broke the system, you gamed the economy, you’re paying mega fines, yet you’re still in the White House you’re going to the state dinners, you’re paying yourself huge bonuses, what kind of system is this?
When I talk about this in the United States, I’m often attacked, ‘oh, you don’t believe in the free market economy’, I say, how much free market can there be? You say deregulate, the moment the banks get in trouble, you say bail them out, the moment you bail them out, you say go back to deregulation. That’s not a free market, that’s a game, and we have to get out of the game. We have to get back to grown-up behaviour.
Q:Hi, my name's Kraig Campbell and I'm a junior Journalism major here at WSU. I'm in the process of writing up a story for my reporting class, and I thought I'd profile someone associated with the occupy movement here in Pullman. I'm a fan of what you guys are doing, and I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of someone who is involved with the movement to really say what it's all about. My deadline is Monday so if anyone is interested please let me know.
Anyone interested want to talk to Kraig for his class project?
Possible vigil in support of Occupy Oakland and Scott Olsen?
Would anyone be interested in meeting in downtown Pullman (maybe the Cougar Plaza) tonight for an occupation/candlelight vigil in support of the people injured in the Occupy Oakland raids last night? Tear gas, rubber bullets and possibly flash-bang grenades were used to disperse the crowd last night, the crowd that included the disabled and children. Scott Olsen, an Iraq war vet, is currently in serious condition after his skull was fractured by one of those tear gas canisters.
Protesters had been ordered to leave the park. Those waiting to be arrested were sitting in a circle with their arms locked. Police starting handcuffing them with plastic handcuffs around 12:45 a.m. Many protesters would not get up on their own and some had to be dragged. Most protesters went peacefully. Some of the people waiting to be arrested waved small American flags. About 40 to 50 people remained inside the park after midnight, including Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), former Atlanta city councilman Derrick Boazman and Joe Beasley, the southern regional director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Several hundred others were in the street, chanting and carrying signs. Fort was arrested around 1 a.m.