10/2 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Class warfare
October 1, 2011 - TAMPA, FL - The Occupy Wall Street movement may have just received an unexpected surprise – United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters. Army serviceman Ward Reilly posted the following on Facebook: “I’m heading up there tonight in my dress blues. So far, 15 of my fellow marine buddies are meeting me there, also in Uniform. I want to send the following message to Wall St and Congress: I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America.
I didn’t fight for Wall St. I fought for America.
I hope this is true.
Health Care should be a right, not a privilege.
For the past 30 years, the country has stood behind the titans on Wall Street and their values. We listened when they said that their banks were too big too fail. Today, there is only one thing that’s too big to fail: the dreams of this new generation, finding its voice in Liberty Park. All of America should now stand with them.
“We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.”
Today’s American right doesn’t believe in externalities, or correcting market failures; it believes that there are no market failures, that capitalism unregulated is always right. Faced with evidence that market prices are in fact wrong, they simply attack the science.
Republicans, aided and abetted by many conservative policy intellectuals, are fixated on a view about what’s blocking job creation that fits their prejudices and serves the interests of their wealthy backers, but bears no relationship to reality.
So who would do this censoring? Who at Twitter has this control? Has Twitter commented on this odd pattern in trending?
The twitter trends map that seems to indicate that the hash tag #occupywallstreet is in fact being censored in North America
My husband and I have been married just over a year. We live in a small, one-bedroom apartment that costs us $450 a month. I got demoted and received a cut in hours in July the day before I gave birth to our first child, a daughter, whom we had to place for adoption because we make too much by government standards to receive any help, yet we barely have enough each month to get by. My husband works full-time for just over minimum wage, and I work part-time for just over minimum wage. Neither of us are happy with our jobs, yet there is nothing available that won’t pay less than what we currently “earn”. I received a letter stating that I am no longer eligible for benefits at work because I am no longer full-time.
We are the 99%
ALL THE TEARS.
This is unacceptable! Class Warfare: Bring it on!!
The very idea that one can effectively battle Wall Street’s corruption and control by working for the Democratic Party is absurd on its face: Wall Street’s favorite candidate in 2008 was Barack Obama, whose administration — led by a Wall Street White House Chief of Staff and Wall-Street-subservient Treasury Secretary and filled to the brim with Goldman Sachs officials — is now working hard to protect bankers from meaningful accountability (and though he’s behind Wall Street’s own Mitt Romney in the Wall Street cash sweepstakes this year, Obama is still doing well); one of Wall Street’s most faithful servants is Chuck Schumer, the money man of the Democratic Party; and the second-ranking Senate Democrat acknowledged — when Democrats controlled the Congress — that the owners of Congress are bankers. There are individuals who impressively rail against the crony capitalism and corporatism that sustains Wall Street’s power, but they’re no match for the party apparatus that remains fully owned and controlled by it.
Hip hop magnate Russell Simmons said Thursday on MSNBC that he planned on joining the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” in lower Manhattan.
Simmons, who has an estimated net-worth of $340 million, noted that all his employees paid more taxes than he did.
“Last time I got involved in a protest I brought a hundred thousand people there, for the Rockefeller Drug Laws,” he said. “And if I get involved really heavily in this one, we find the agenda and have a common ground… we can bring hundreds of thousands of people… small seeds are planted, but it could grow into something very big.”
Maybe now PBS will cover the protests on Wall Street. They have a real live celeb to cover.