As a journalist, I’m not an optimist by nature. My eye’s trained to look for the dark side of the story—you know, the old motto: “If it bleeds it leads.” But I can’t help but see a silver lining for annuities in this whole Occupy Wall Street business. Ah, but more about that in a minute.
I’ve been following this story like many of you—from afar. I’ve seen the protestors shouting through bullhorns about fat cat corruption, corporate greed, anti-capitalism and the like. Started by the Canadian magazine Adbusters, the whole Occupy Wall Street thing went viral through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Then the usual suspects, Michael Moore, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon popped up. Even our own Bill Coffin, editor in chief of National Underwriter, Life & Health, joined the melee to cover it. Coffin got to the ground level of the protest with a slide show to capture the event in its nascent stages. It’s since spilled out around the country, including into my hometown of Denver where protestors have pitched their tents at the State Capitol.