I don't see the protestors without food or a place to live. I see them out there with computers, cellphones, jewelry and, as you pointed out, decently dressed....wanting more and demanding that others pay for it.
Gosh, you don't see me without food or a place to live, either, Mike. You make it sound as though if I protest that others don't have it, that means my voice doesn't mean anything. That makes no sense at all. Since you don't have a bajillion bucks, that doesn't mean that you don't have a right to stand up for the rights of bajillionaires, does it?
I would hope not.
And that doesn't mean that your super rich bajillionaires don't want more and don't want others to pay for it, either. In fact, that's how a lot of business is done.
The problem comes, it seems to me, when the super rich compete for money that should be going to people who can't feed or clothe or house themselves, and when that money goes to simply pilling up personal wealth rather than helping aid survival.
And yes, John, that survival can on occasion include heat and air conditioning. I've lived in situations where the lack of one or the other can be debilitating or fatal, and I suspect that you have as well. In the winter in Montreal the temperature can and does go down to thirty below and colder on occasion, and here in LA the temperature can and does go above a hundred on occasion. Even in Boston there are weather related deaths, as there are pretty much across the country.
I'd be hard put to believe San Diego, mind you. Depending on the state of the economy, the homeless population varies widely, and a large portion of the homeless in a bad economy can be children.
Here in LA, we have a very limited number of shelter beds and a large number of homeless folks.