Until someone can explain to me why people who earn over arbitraryPersonalIncome() are the problem with the economy I will continue to fail to comprehend the protests.
The protests are more about the overall structure of the economy rather than anyone's high personal income.
In the US they climbed steeply to 10% unemployment after the financial collapse, the steepest climb ever possibly. The current rate is 9.1%, the overall trend at present is unclear. Basic infrastructure like road maintenance, public transport, libraries (and even streetlighting) has been cut in a number of places & this tends to create other pressures. Real median income has been static for a few years now.
Mostly I think Americans want these problems taken seriously rather than channeled through the usual political party horse trading and special interest lobbying negotiation process.
Quoting Joseph Stiglitz (economist) speaking at an Occupy: "Our financial markets have an important role to play. They’re supposed to allocate capital, manage risks. But they misallocated capital, and they created risk. We are bearing the cost of their misdeeds. There’s a system where we’ve socialized losses and privatized gains. That’s not capitalism; that’s not a market economy. That’s a distorted economy, and if we continue with that, we won’t succeed in growing, and we won’t succeed in creating a just society."