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Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 4:50 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Tue Oct 25, 2011.

One thing Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Phoenix has confirmed is that the social fabric of America is in serious decline. The thought that thousands of Americans would take to the streets and demand entitlements without having to earn them not only angers me, but also causes serious concern.

In a public relations stunt, these activists have replaced “capitalism” with the word “greed.” Our country was based on capitalism, the understanding that any American can earn as much money as their skills and work ethic will allow. Now we are accusing the very people who put millions of Americans to work as being greedy. They are not greedy, just more successful. They have figured out the system and beat it. They’re earners, not takers. Let’s face it, the demonstrations are more about envy than they are about righting any wrongs.

I saw one sign that read, “Stop corporate greed. Take our country back!” Doesn’t this moron realize that capitalism, greed or whatever you want to call it, is what this nation was built upon? It is the foundation of a truly free society, which affords its citizens the freedom to pursue their own happiness and success. The freedom to build the life they want for them and their families.

I say that many of the protestors who are occupying cites around the nation are the ones who could be called greedy. How many handouts do Americans want from the federal government and the wealthy? It’s never enough. And we have a government that is always looking for new programs that create laziness and apathy. That is the true definition of greed.

There are no doubts that corporate America needs some modifications. We need to seriously examine the tax code and loopholes available to corporations. I get that, but I wish the Occupy Phoenix demonstration was about that rather than the demonstrators’ own greed. If that were the case, the demonstrations would be held in Washington, D.C. If that were the case, America wouldn’t be the laughingstock around the globe.

In fact, that is where the unemployed and those who feel they are being mistreated unfairly should go and occupy. It’s the federal government’s oppressive hand that is the majority cause for this nation’s economic problems. Not those in the private sector that could, if the government would allow them, give hope to the misguided and uninformed protesters. They could and would bring millions of jobs to our economy. The protesters should be asking the question, “Why are we unemployed? Why are we in our current situation? Who truly is responsible for our problems?”

It leads me to wonder how a group of people could be so ignorant to the realities of the world and what principals this great country of ours was founded upon. I wonder how much of the blame should be laid at the feet of our educational and university systems.

So, many graduates are leaving school with a crippling entitlement attitude. It not only harms them, but also proves to be a detriment to our nation as a whole. What future do we have as a nation when many of our universities’ professors are indoctrinating rather than educating? When they are attempting to create socialists in a capitalistic country. When they are influencing young people into thinking they can take from others when life doesn’t go as planned. That is what these “Occupy” demonstrations are all about. Attack the wealthy by calling them greedy and demand that they give back more and more of their hard-earned money to support those who believe they are simply entitled to it.

If your education has led you to believe that you are entitled to other Americans’ hard earned money without having to work for it yourself, then you should occupy your educational institute’s office and demand a refund for your education. They have failed you.

• Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard on The Mike & Winey Show on 550 KFYI. (www.mike&winey.com).

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