The Downside Of Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is now well into its fourth week. The protest has sparked parallel demonstrations from Atlanta to Seattle. Andrew Schneider looks at the potential economic costs of the protestors’ demands.

This was the scene outside the JPMorgan Chase Bank building during last Thursday’s Occupy Houston demonstration.

(Audio from the event can be heard).

As in the Wall Street protest that inspired it, protestors were calling for radical remedies for high unemployment, mortgage foreclosures and income inequality. Personal finance expert Jordan Goodman.

“They’re talking about the minimum wage going up to $20 an hour, so that would make a lot of businesses uncompetitive. You’re talking about huge tax increases on corporations, who would basically just move their operations overseas. They’re also talking about canceling all debts, like consumer credit card debt and mortgage debt. That’s nice if you’re the borrower, but what does that do to the lender?  All these things sound nice in theory, but they would have devastating consequences on the economy.”

Goodman says companies are far more likely to start hiring in a business-friendly environment than in one where they feel threatened. That’s the last thing the protestors want to hear.



Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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