In an October 18 editorial titled, "The Wall Street Whiners: The 'Occupy' movement is made up of lots of losers," The Washington Times called the Occupy Wall Street protesters "crybabies" and "complainers" who "are desperate to blame others for their poor life choices." From The Washington Times (emphasis in original):
Some of the complainers are desperate to blame others for their poor life choices. "I am a 28-year-old college student with 24k in school debt and a useless degree," reads a white board next to a young bearded man with arms crossed. "I understand that I made the choices that got me here. However, my choices were led by the FAILED INSTITUTIONS that make up this nation." Here is the emblem of American education, an overly entitled loser staring angrily out at a world that he thinks owes him something.
One demonstrator held a sign saying he had a doctorate, three postdocs and would "work for food." Even not knowing the young man's field, it makes sense that he couldn't find a job. His resume tells a prospective employer that he's a perpetual student who's spent most of his life hiding from the real world. This protester proves the point that you can be extremely well-educated and still not know anything.
The occupiers' anger over student loans shouldn't be directed at banks that made their education possible but at the colleges and universities that exploit the loan system to soak students for tuition in exchange for those worthless degrees.
Not everyone backs these crybabies. An older woman lectured the whiny youngsters: "My husband and I raise our family of six on a poverty-level income. But we live frugally and built a home business from the ground up. So we live pretty comfortably (though simply). Refuse debt. Live within your means and be a part of a productive solution." That's the attitude that made America great: Work hard, sacrifice and don't expect something for nothing. It's the exact opposite of the entitlement mentality that has transformed a nation that once was the world's greatest lender into its largest debtor.