Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Message: Message

Years later, people are more than 'frustrated.' They're penniless, losing their homes, in debt, have zero prospects...

"The protests you're seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America," Plouffe said on ABC's Good Morning America. "People are very frustrated by an economy that does not reward hard work and responsibility, where Wall Street and Main Street don't seem to play by the same set of rules.

And stop being startled. After years of a crap economy this is to be expected.

The poll found that one in four Pennsylvania residents has had someone living in his or her household lose a job or be laid off in the last 12 months - and two out of three had close friends or family members who were put out of work in that time.

More than three out of every four Pennsylvanians said they knew individuals or families who struggle every month to afford basic needs such as rent, utilities, health care, clothes, or food.

"The poverty question was startling," said Joseph Morris, a professor and director of the college's Center for Applied Politics, which conducted the poll, "as was the fact that a strong majority of Pennsylvanians have had to make lifestyle changes because of the economy."