'Occupy' crowd doesn't have a monopoly on grievances
Nov 02, 2011 | 11:15 AM
We all have legitimate grievances. Occupy Wall Street protesters do not deserve special government status that allows them to continuously occupy a public space in order to express them. Here is a list of my grievances: What are yours?
1. A lack of outrage over dysfunctional public schools that allow kids to graduate unprepared for work or for life.
2. Politicians who grant themselves full pensions after serving in their posts for a limited time.
3. Corporations that grant their executives excessive compensation packages without commensurate performance by their companies (GE and Fannie Mae are examples).
4. Wealthy individuals who talk about others reducing their carbon footprint while flying their private jets around the country.
6. State and localities that purport to balance their budgets through questionable accounting gimmicks while maintaining huge unfunded pension liabilities.
7. Governments that invest in selected businesses and industries, thereby exposing the taxpayer to the financial risks instead of leaving the private sector to perform that role and take the risk of success or failure.
8. Proposing a 15-cent per gallon tax increase for transportation improvements when our elected officials have been "stealing" from the Transportation Trust Fund to "balance" the state budget.
9. Repeat drunk drivers who are allowed to continue to drive only to end up killing innocent people.