The protests offer a good occasion to step back and consider the broad ways in which the financial industry have worked at odds with the interests of ordinary Americans and broad, sustained economic growth in the real economy.
The fact that the movement doesn't make demands of Wall Street -- or Washington, for that matter -- doesn't mean it doesn't have demands. It does, but they're not directed at Wall Street, or K Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue. They're directed at you.
It's a shame it takes a tragedy of the magnitude of 9/11 or the death of a murderer for us to find common ground. While I know today's shared joy will be fleeting and tomorrow's grind will shake us back to reality, it will fuel the optimist in me for years to come.
While the American public appears to be divided over whether unions should have generous wages and pensions as they do in Wisconsin, they are remarkably complacent when it comes to their own pension poverty.
We need opinionated and gutsy progressives who -- heaven forbid -- team up with organized labor and push an agenda that lifts all boats, instead of only enriching people who can afford yachts. The future of the country is at stake.
Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.
Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.
Until we get Democrats in office who work for the electorate, we can't count on legislation to mandate plain-English disclosure, or better yet, prohibit irresponsible lending so disclosure won't be necessary.