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As Obama’s Job Bill Fails, Occupy Protests Spread Worldwide

President Obama’s proposed $447 billion job bill failed to acquire the necessary votes it needed to pass in Congress.

The job package would give to the American people state aid, tax breaks and assistance to the unemployed. According to Fox News the recent bill was similar in many ways to the 2009 Stimulus Bill, which was unpopular with Republicans.

President Obama issued a statement after the Bill failed in which he blamed Republicans and accused “their party [of] obstruct[ing] the Senate from moving forward on this jobs bill.”

The President explained how he will try to split the Job Bill so that at least pieces of it will be passed and the American people can feel some relief.

“In the coming days, members of Congress will have to take a stand on whether they believe we should put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back on the job.

“With so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  Ultimately, the American people won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  It’s time for Congress to meet their responsibility, put their party politics aside and take action on jobs right now.”

The American people are tired of the divisions. Republicans and Democrats try to outdo each other so often they are forgetting about the people the bills they are vetoing are meant to help. Government has become a competition with each side trying to prove they are better than the other, not realizing the American people are caught in the middle.

On September 17 in New York City, a group of men and women, varying in age, began the Occupy Wall Street protests. For weeks people have been camped in downtown Manhattan’s Liberty Park.

There is still debate over what exactly the protesters want to happen. No official list of demands has been issued but one issue at the forefront of the debate is the amount of debt facing graduating college students and their job prospects  after completing school.

Until recently the protests have been solely held in New York City. Blissful Belle reported on the protests spilling out into other U.S. cities on October 8. Now cities throughout the world have joined in. Citizens of the western world are tired of their failing economies and are making their voices heard.

On October 1, an occupy DC movement began. In Los Angles people were camped outside city hall. The New York Times reports “Several dozen tents occupied the lawn along with a free-food station and a media center. People sat on blankets playing the guitar or bongo drums or meditating. Next to a ‘Food Not Bombs’ sign, was another that read ‘Food Not Banks.’”

Across the world in Rome protesters took a more violent approach when they rioted at an anti-corporate greed demonstration. People broke bank windows, threw bottles and even set fire to cars.

The Huffington Post gave detailed summaries of the protesting going on throughout Europe:

In the Greek capital Athens, 2,000 people protested outside of Parliament against a new budget-reducing package that was being voted on.

“Several hundreds more marched in the German cities of Berlin, Cologne and Munich and the Austrian capital of Vienna, while protesters in Zurich, Switzerland’s financial hub, carried banners reading ‘We won’t bail you out yet again’ and ‘We are the 99 percent.’”

In Paris protesters marched past the Stock Exchange and then gathered at City Hall. yelling “Stand up Paris! Rise Up! Sharing will save the world!”

From the look of things at home and abroad governments need to work harder on the current economic conditions. The people of the major cities of the world seek to continue to “occupy Wall Street” until they get the answers they are looking for.

On the other hand protesters should be clear about what it is that they are looking to achieve. If the government and the people cannot communicate effectively then protests in New York and other American cities could erupt into violent outburst if accommodations and compromises are not made soon.


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