"What can they possibly want?" queried the puzzled Ms. Burnett, echoing another 1,000 cable news and mainstream pundits who knoweth not. Because, evidently, they can't read and also possibly because they serve the very Mammon against which this uprising has posed itself.
The message of Occupy Everywhere could not be clearer. The protesters, from Wall Street to Boone, want accountability from the banks that took all our money. (The CEO of the Bank of America just got pissed about all this and said, in so many words, that we'd better start talking nicer about him and his institution. Or else!)
The uprising wants an end to the corporate control of government, and that goes doubly for Mr. Obama's cozying up so quickly with Wall Street, told nowhere more clearly than in his complete cave on affordable health insurance for everyone.
The uprising wants an educational system that gives all our citizens the tools and the opportunity for rewarded work, without in the meantime running up a loan debt that smothers hope and enslaves new college graduates to years of debt peonage.
Erin Burnett is paid a handsome corporate salary to be obtuse to the obvious: she cannot see what is plain to everyone else, that the filthy rich are getting far filthier in their wealth while the other 99% are struggling to eat, keep the car running, pay for their kid's braces. But if Ms. Burnett is wondrously obtuse, she's also becoming -- along with the rest of the yammering classes on cable news -- wondrously (and finally!) irrelevant to what's really happening here.