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Ever notice how Class Warfare only matters when it’s taxing the rich. It’s totally NOT Class Warfare attacking programs for the poor…

—@elonjames As he currently live tweets the current GOP debate. Truth bombs all over my timeline this morning (via newwavefeminism)

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Class Warfare Revisited - We Need a War

Jon Huntsman said today he supports Willard Romney because President Obama promotes class warfare and Willard would not allow that to happen.  

What’s wrong with class warfare - unless you are in the 1%?  

We need to get back to the tax policies of the 50s and 60s where the vast majority of Americans had the disposable income and other resources to build a strong economy.  Where we the federal resources to go to the moon and build the interstate highway system.  Where it was a societal faux pas to not support your workers and ship jobs oversees.

To do this we need a war between the classes.  The 99% need to take down the 1%.  We need a president who is in favor of class warfare.  There is nothing wrong with that.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Here’s the latest: After the Senate — including 39 Republicans — voted for a middle class tax cut, Tea Party Republicans in the House rebelled this weekend to kill the bill.Now, House Republicans are scheduled to vote TONIGHT to scrap the compromise and sock the middle class with a $1,000 tax hike on January 1st.The Tea Party is mugging the middle class with a tax increase because they don’t think millionaires and corporations should pay their fair share.Over 185,000 supporters have already added their name telling Speaker John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Tea Party Republicans to stop the middle class tax increase. Help us reach 200,000 signatures by Midnight!Sign our petition right now telling Republicans to stop the middle class tax increase »
The truth is that Republicans oppose anything and everything that might help the middle class or force their millionaire friends to pay their fair share. But, our work is paying off.Republican Members of Congress faced the heat this weekend when they returned home. We can’t let up now. Putting additional pressure on them now could push them to the tipping point. The clock is ticking and we need your urgent support for our campaign.Join us right now and make a crucial difference in this fight. Sign the petition »Thank you for always standing with us.RobbyRobby MookDCCC Executive Director

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Here’s the latest: After the Senate — including 39 Republicans — voted for a middle class tax cut, Tea Party Republicans in the House rebelled this weekend to kill the bill.

Now, House Republicans are scheduled to vote TONIGHT to scrap the compromise and sock the middle class with a $1,000 tax hike on January 1st.

The Tea Party is mugging the middle class with a tax increase because they don’t think millionaires and corporations should pay their fair share.

Over 185,000 supporters have already added their name telling Speaker John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Tea Party Republicans to stop the middle class tax increase. Help us reach 200,000 signatures by Midnight!

Sign our petition right now telling Republicans to stop the middle class tax increase »

The truth is that Republicans oppose anything and everything that might help the middle class or force their millionaire friends to pay their fair share. But, our work is paying off.

Republican Members of Congress faced the heat this weekend when they returned home. We can’t let up now. Putting additional pressure on them now could push them to the tipping point. The clock is ticking and we need your urgent support for our campaign.

Join us right now and make a crucial difference in this fight. Sign the petition »

Thank you for always standing with us.

Robby

Robby Mook
DCCC Executive Director

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This is a big deal!  
Think about what this sign is saying, “Hey, 1%, we’ll do anything we want and you can’t stop us.”  
We’ll start seeing more of these public displays of “disobedience” across the country over the next few weeks.  It shows the 1% that ultimately they are powerless since the 99% controls everything they have - gasoline, elevators, trash pick-up, food.  Money has no intrinsic value, it’s the good money allows you to buy that gives it value.  
If there is a class war, it’s going to be very one-sided and very quick.
Class warfare:  Bring it on.
socialismartnature:

“We the People … Occupy Boston” 
Sign put up next to the highway into Boston by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 103

This is a big deal!  

Think about what this sign is saying, “Hey, 1%, we’ll do anything we want and you can’t stop us.”  

We’ll start seeing more of these public displays of “disobedience” across the country over the next few weeks.  It shows the 1% that ultimately they are powerless since the 99% controls everything they have - gasoline, elevators, trash pick-up, food.  Money has no intrinsic value, it’s the good money allows you to buy that gives it value.  

If there is a class war, it’s going to be very one-sided and very quick.

Class warfare:  Bring it on.

socialismartnature:

“We the People … Occupy Boston”

Sign put up next to the highway into Boston by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 103

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5 New Rules For An Economy That Works

This is the most succinct summary of what needs to be done to fix this country’s inequities I have seen.  To add anything else would dilute the message and the task.

liberalsarecool:

1. Corporations are not persons.

2. Money is not speech

3. Tax Financial Transactions

4. Tax all income as ordinary income

5. Declare a moratorium on foreclosures

The Wall Street occupiers have taken a stand against monied democracy and corporate power. We would do well to join them. Make your voices heard. And demand new rules that will honor the 99% and restore democracy to the nation.

(Source: liberalsarecool)

The bottom chart also shows how the Tea Party movement was a media-created creature as it had media coverage from the beginning.  Occupy Wall Street is a naturally occurring phenomenon that has grown into media coverage by its own power.  

As an aside, from a purely mathematical perspective, a logarithmic curve (Tea Party) approaches a final value very slowly after an initial surge.  An exponential curve (Occupy Wall Street) starts slow, but continues toward an asymptotic value much higher than its starting value.  That is, the Tea Party coverage has maxed out, the OWS coverage is just getting under way and will become much larger than it is already. I see all CNN, all the time, within a year. 

politicalprof:

The top photo places the rise of Occupy Wall Street coverage on a time line, highlighting key events. The second photo charts the comparative coverage of Occupy Wall Street versus the Tea Party over the first three weeks their protests began.

From: Nate Silver, fivethirtyeight.com

di-atribe:

Hmmmm so it’s working, you say?

di-atribe:

Hmmmm so it’s working, you say?

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Holy Crap, it’s finally on CNN! And it’s breaking news of a “Major rally”.  
It is growing my friends.  The 99% are coming for theirs.  
Class Warfare:  Bring it on.
socialismartnature:

CNN sky photo of labor-student march with #OccupyWallStreet today — MASSIVE!

Holy Crap, it’s finally on CNN! And it’s breaking news of a “Major rally”.  

It is growing my friends.  The 99% are coming for theirs.  

Class Warfare:  Bring it on.

socialismartnature:

CNN sky photo of labor-student march with #OccupyWallStreet today — MASSIVE!

[S]ome think OWS is a failure because it lacks direction or purpose, and that seems wrong for a number of reasons. The first is that organizers had the whole wide world from which to choose, and they chose Wall Street. That cannot be a coincidence, right? Could one not infer that a movement called Occupy Wall Street might have something to do with Wall Street even if those involved did not say a single word? Shouldn’t that choice of location have communicated a fairly clear purpose?

Second, there does not have to be a set of demands at the outset. This is not The Further Adventures Of Action Item. Organizers are at the “building support” phase, where they get their message out. It seems straightforward to me that by being there day after day they are saying: We object to what has gone on here; we do not agree with it and do not support it; we want it to change. For now, that is message enough. What they need is to get the word out - which, given the informal media blackout, is no small feat. Not everyone is jacked into the Internet, and there is a huge amount of WOMP (word of mouth publicity) required. That is slower, so it will take longer to build up a head of steam…

Generating attention to an issue that the Beltway wants to go away, building support among disparate groups the old-fashioned way, supporting local workers who might otherwise feel isolated, and breathing oxygen into alternative outlets. The OWS movement has been racking up some really important successes. What’s not to like?