Occupy Wall Street should be targeting Constitution Avenue

One of the problems with radiation from a communications tower is that if there is too much power behind the signal and you have the wrong type of antenna, you risk having a signal taking up too much space while scattered in all directions.That’s where the Occupy Wall Street movement is right now.

So busy with their venting and so misinformed as to how the economy works, it is easy for them to inaccurately identify the “bad guy”.  If your economy is in a mess, you blame the parties responsible for managing the economy.  The managers of the economy do not operate on Wall Street.  They operate on Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Congress regulates the commercial activities of America.  The Executive is responsible for ensuring the laws the regulate the commerce are carried out.  Yes, business plays a role, but much less of a policy role than the Occupiers would like to admit to.

If the Occupiers want to maintain their outside the system mantra and activities, their current approach of targeting banks will work. If they want to effect the decision making regarding the economy, then they have some real work to do.

They have to find the right pressure points.  Effecting government takes a lot more than singing up dated versions of We Shall Overcome.  They need to familiarize themselves with the legislative process in Congress and the policy process in the White House.  They will have to identify committee chairmen, congressional and White House staffers.

The Occupiers will have to offer a working framework for change.  Cry baby rhetoric won’t cut it in Washington, DC.  Staffers need to sold by something in writing that is supported by some semblance of solid analysis.  It’s just like pitching any other product.

If the Occupiers are truly about real capitalism, as most of their proponents will say, then it’s time they applied some business principles in their operations, namely knowing their market and producing a program or product that will sell.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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2 Responses to Occupy Wall Street should be targeting Constitution Avenue

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    “The managers of the economy do not operate on Wall Street. They operate on Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Congress regulates the commercial activities of America. The Executive is responsible for ensuring the laws the regulate the commerce are carried out. Yes, business plays a role, but much less of a policy role than the Occupiers would like to admit to.”

    Sure, there are regulations, but to say that the US Government “manages” the economy in the sense that it has a lot of control just doesn’t ring true. To suggest otherwise would be to believe that we have a USSR-style communist government, which we don’t. In fact, it’s more like the fox (business) watching the hen house (the economy), and eating the chickens!!

    The US government, or at least the present adminstration, is not the enemy. The worst thing the present administration did (according to some) was pass a health care based on the Republican idea of health care insurance exchanges that some people don’t like. If we were really socialist, they would have done away with HMOs and created single payer health care. Again, big business (HMOs) won, the people lost.

    Big business, when it looks only at profits and doesn’t care about its workers or the enviroment or the welfare of the country is the real enemy.

  2. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    “If they want to effect the decision making regarding the economy, then they have some real work to do.

    They have to find the right pressure points. Effecting government takes a lot more than singing up dated versions of We Shall Overcome. They need to familiarize themselves with the legislative process in Congress and the policy process in the White House. They will have to identify committee chairmen, congressional and White House staffers

    This almost sounds like a call for a lot more regulation!! I’m surprised to see it in an Alton Drew posting.

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