Hello BHS and welcome back to another edition of the Political Push, the Bethel High School source of all things political. Today, let’s go take a dip in the mounting debt of our Balkan friend Greece, and take a look at a growing People Power Movement.
PIGS in Greece
We’ve all heard of Greece, our friend, and birthplace of Western Civilization and location of bankruptcy? That’s right, our friend needs to borrow more money, 542 billion dollars, to be exact. Oh Greedy Greece what are we going to do with you?
The situation in Greece has been going on since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 but continues to grow worse by the second. If Greece is unable to pay its reparations it will have a domino effect on the rest of Europe and could eventually affect Americans.
What we now know is the Arab Spring began with a series of protests in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this year. Some American are trying to use the same strategy in our own backyard.
Occupy Wall Street began as a small gathering of protesters in New York’s financial district complaining about corporate greed, bank bailouts, rising unemployment, etc.
Now, the movement has spread to 12 other states with cities like Washington D.C, Las Vegas, and Boston. The protesters all share one thing in common: disappointment in the government.
One of the protestors has described Occupy Wall Street, as a movement where “I want the American Dream back” movement. Although, these demonstrators are sending their message to the leaders in Washington D.C, many of the politicians believe that they are “anti- patriots, non- capitals”. While there is controversy of Occupy Wall Street, one fact is undeniable; the demonstrators certainly have a drive for reformation.