CAIN: I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! [...] It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.
–PIZZA MAGNATE HERMAN CAIN TALKING OUT OF HIS ASS
What an ass! Lets blame the victim. I know this one is a bit dated, but it just became relevant to me once again. Just days shy of working 20 years, one of our best IT people is being laid off. Not because she isn't needed, not because she didn't work hard, and not because her skills are outdated. But (most likely, because this is virtually impossible to prove) because of her age and the faltering economy. My place of work has been undergoing a great purge the last couple of months. Our work load hasn't changes, but the personal to do it has been significantly reduced.
What Cain, and Republicans like him don't seem to understand that this is the reality for a great many of folks. They've played by the rules and did what they were supposed to, and their life is still falling apart. Economic forces well beyond their, and most of our control, are dictating their future.
This is what the Occupy protests are all about. Not about destroying capitalism. Not about bringing on a socialist, or Marxist, or any other ist state. But leveling the playing field. Reversing the trend toward a second gilded age.
Saying that your unemployment has to be your own fault makes as much sense blaming your parents for not being rich.