There’s something almost mystic about the numbers.
We call 911 when we’re in trouble. America remembers – and avenges 9/11. Herman Cain had 9-9-9.
Now the numbers have a new political significance: the 99 percent and the 1 percent.
People who say the Occupy movement had little impact miss how it imprinted the 99-1 concept on our politics.
The Tea Party was the energy behind the 2010 elections. The 99 and the 1 may fuel the 2012 election.
Yes, people are still angry about government. But the anger now seems to be shifting to people who have made out well in businesses that other people love to hate – and love to blame for the recession and for economic inequality.
America has a long history of oscillating politically between anti-government and anti-business. Maybe now we’re just both.