Checking in on the Occupy Wall Street movement
- April 12, 2012
- David Meyer, sociology professor, is quoted by 89.3 KPCC April 11, 2012
David Meyer, a professor of sociology and political science at UC Irvine, expects to hear echoes of Occupy in the 2012 election cycle. "It's certainly going to be part of the dialogue during election. I mean, President Obama's talk shifted dramatically after Occupy, and I am sure his people are polling the issues and figuring which ones he can ride on. And he's been riding on them," Meyer said. And Meyer says President Obama's "Buffet Rule" - that millionaires shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries - was a by-product of the Occupy movement. There's no big victories to point to because of the Occupy movement, but Meyer says that's to be expected. "I mean, it's like you get a fraction - when you are successful you get a fraction of what you are after. And you have to figure out whether to call it a defeat or a victory." Even if the movement fizzles now, it will have left a mark on a lot of people. Meyers said they'll grow up and you may see them fight for similar causes later in life.
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