Occupy Movement Participants Fed Up with Unbalanced System

Khalid Naji | 10/24/2011, 2:06 p.m.

The Occupy Movement is sprouting up all across the country -- even forcing its reality into the homes of corporate CEO's and bankers. And, as the Movement has grown, thousands of people have left the comforts of their homes in order to become participants.

But what drives people to do this? Why are they willing to sleep outside without the luxuries they are so accustom to? Why are folks willing to risk arrest?

A statement from R&B singer Boosty Collins comes to mind: "People have sold out and now we have to re-learn ourselves because we went for the almighty dollar," Collins said. "Now we've got to get a balance. I love money, a lot of people love money, but we worship it instead of worshiping God and spirit," he continued. "That's what we had, that's what we lost and we got to come back to it."

While CEOs are earning record-breaking salaries, many of the protesters believe that the almighty dollar has influenced a "give me more money" society where the rich conquer and the middle class and poor suffer.

According to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies, a District-based liberal think tank, the ratio between the average worker's salary and the average CEO's salary stands at 325-to-1. The study also found that among the nation's top firms, CEO's pay last year averaged more than $10 million - an increase of 27.8 percent over 2009. That is in comparison to the average American worker's pay in 2010, which was just over $33,000.

Citizens for Tax Justice, conducted a study on tax avoidance among the Fortune 500, and identified 12 corporations that have paid 1.5 percent on $171 billion in profits.

With behavior like this, we see why folks are fed up with a system that protects the rich and (continuosly) beats down the poor.