Why when we look at these protesters do we see them as rabble rousers, rich kids with nothing better to do, whiners. OMG! We are beginning to sound like our parents. It's because we are not willing to step back and look at their world through their eyes. Our view has been shaped by our own experiences. Not theirs. To those protesters under 30, they have known nothing but real economic loss of buying power, greed, wide spread political corruption. Not just the local 'boss hogg' corruption but wholesale corruption of the entire political system by corporate bribery, lobbyists and the revolving door between industry and elected office. AND War. Think about it. Since the mid 80's, The US has dragged a coalition of the willing and coerced into conflict after conflict or gone it alone. '86 Operation El Dorado Canyon where we bombed the Libyan capital 60+dead '87 Operation Nimble Archer where we attacked 2 iranian oil platforms '88 USS Vincennes shoot down of Iran Air Flight 655 :290 dead '89 US naval aircraft shoot down 2 Libyan fighters in the Mediterranean ocean 70 miles north of Libya. 2 dead pilots '90 Operation Just Cause we invade Panama to capture Manuel Noriega killing 200 civilians in the process. Noriega was on our payroll. '91 Desert Storm, Desert Shield. 130,000+ killed or wounded (all sides) '93 Battle of Mogadishu around 5000 casualties to capture 1 warlord '95 Nato Bombing of the Serbs. 1k+ soldiers killed, civilian count unknown. Estimates of a few to several hundred. Unknown wounded. '99 bombing of Kosovo, 1k soldiers and police on ground dead. 1-4k civilians dead. then we had the 2000's War in Afghanistan War on Terror Drone Strikes in Yemen War in Iraq (Iraqi Freedom) Drone Attacks in Pakistan Gunship attack on Somalia Al' queda camps. The world is at war, and these are only the places that we are playing. You've got haiti, georgia, Ivory Coast, Phillipenes, east timor, liberia, lebanon, syria, kenya, sudan, albania, etcetera. Millions have died or been maimed. there are only 2 continents that don't have hot wars going on to my knowledge. Australia and Antarctica. I'm really missing the cold war. Man, I really miss the 80's good times , good times. Kids are coming out of college (because we told them they needed an education) 40-80+ grand in debt, can't find a job because us old fogies can't afford to retire and free up a place for them. Businesses sitting on trillions of dollars and not hiring. Yep, They are the ones that are paying the price, and will be paying off our collective debts. We have put them at an extreme disadvantage. I am the only child (of 4) in my family that is doing better than my folks. The prospects for my kids? Not looking so good. My oldest might just wind up being one of those voices, as she graduates a state university in December, in fighting for her Generation. And there will be two more following her into the 'Greatest Indebted Generation'. As Red Green says, Remember, I'm pulling for you, We are all in this together.