So, why do I say Occupy Wall Street wins? The answer after the jump.
The answer in one graph:
The time period is 2011. The red line represents the number of Google searches or news references to "budget deficit." The blue line represents the number of Google searches or news references to "income inequality." Earlier this year, the whole political debate was about how to reduce the federal budget deficit. Now, because of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, the political discourse is balanced between "budget deficit" and "income inequality."
But, I hear you say, has Occupy Wall Street actually accomplished anything to reduce income inequality? The answer is either nothing or a lot, depending on how much value you put on changing the subject of the national debate. Just like the Tea Party protests did in 2009, the Occupy Wall Street protests have done that in 2011. Our nation may not have solved the problems that sparked the protest movements, but we're at least talking about them. That's a start. Occupy Wall Street is responsible for that start.
Local blogger Jason Carr has been following and assisting the Occupy Dallas movement and blogging about it on his own blog, "mindful omnivore" and on Google+. An example of his thoughts can be read here.