The protesters claim to represent the working people, the 99 percent of Americans who, according to their blog, are getting kicked out of their homes, must choose between groceries and rent and "are working long hours for little pay and no rights," if they're working at all. They "are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything."
"We are the 99 percent," they proclaim.
Jobs was probably about 0.000000000001 percent.
Yet Jobs and the 99 percenters have much in common. These activists represent the iGeneration. They grew up with iPods and laptops. They're tweeting from smartphones. They've grown up with pricey new gadgets and monthly plans that keep them plugged into Wi-Fi and 4G.
They carry signs and post their stories on the Web about the five-figure debt that they've incurred -- some for tuition that hasn't landed them a good job, others in credit card debt -- and they're angry that Washington bailed out Wall Street but hasn't done much for them.
Like members of the tea party, they're angry with Washington. But they're also scared, not the way tea partyers fear losing their hard-earned assets, but in the way young people are fearful in a bleak economy. "Is 'Following Your Dreams' supposed to be this Terrifying?" one young woman's sign reads. "$60,000-plus in debt from my student loans and 11 percent interest rate."
At a news conference Thursday, President Barack Obama said the OWS protests express "the frustrations that the American people feel."
Tea Party Express strategist Sal Russo sees the "occupiers" as yet another effort, bolstered by organized labor and MoveOn.org, to establish a tea party on the left -- with the help of a complicit news media that often painted his co-believers with unflattering stereotypes. "They would say that (the) tea party is people who wear Colonial hats, have signs and are a bunch of nuts," Russo observed.
Obama played that game two years ago when he quoted a letter he had received from a woman who told him, "I don't want government-run health care. I don't want socialized medicine. And don't touch my Medicare."