Occupy Wall Street Needs To Occupy Congress, AG Offices

There seems to be some debate as to what Occupy Wall Street should be focused on.

I have 3 suggestions — excerpted from my Sunday column in the Washington Post. You will note that these three are issues that both the Left and the Right — Libertarians and Liberals — should be able to agree upon:

The 99% Is Printing Infographics on Money to Show the 1% the Reality of Occupy Wall Street

There's something going on with Occupy Wall Street—good, bad, monumental, anarchy, I don't know—but there is a clear disparity between the 1% and the 99% and the voice of the 99% is slowly ringing louder. Here's one way to get the 1% to pay even more attention: taint their money.

US Debt Accumulation by President

Here is a quick look at total debt as accumulated by each US President.

Its kinda funny — how come so few people (especially those on the right) were all that upset about the massive surge in debt under Bush? Is it that they only recently kinda figured out the significance of debt — or are they are merely hypocrites when it comes to this sort of thing?

Whatever your political or economic views are, it is not up to me to tell you what to believe. However, you need to be intellectually consistent and not merely grab whatever ideological bullet point that suits your purposes at the moment. If you do so, you best be prepared to be charged with being intellectually dishonest, and to be categorized as called a political hack. Or worse.

Obama: MLK Would Have Approved of Occupy Wall Street Movement

President Barack Obama said Sunday that Martin Luther King Jr. would have approved of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement.

Speaking at the dedication for the late civil rights leader’s memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Obama drew parallels between King’s sense of justice and the demonstrations in New York City against corporate greed.

Cornel West Arrested at Supreme Court Protest

Left-wing activist and Princeton University professor Cornel West was arrested Sunday while protesting on the steps of the Supreme Court about corporate influence in politics.

We Underinvest In Infrastructure Because We Overinvest In War, Health Care, And Low Taxes

This Washington Post piece about America’s gigantic unmet infrastructure needs is pretty good, but in some ways I think it misses the obvious. The reason we don’t spend more money on infrastructure projects is that we have a gigantic Department of Defense, an escalating government tab for health care, and a refusal to raise taxes to accommodate that health care tab. Consequently, everything else is getting squeezed out.

Herman Cain’s ‘Model’ SCOTUS Justice Is An Ethical Trainwreck Who Thinks Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional

In an interview with Meet the Press’ David Gregory this morning, GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain endorsed Justice Clarence Thomas as a model a President Cain would follow in making appointments to the Supreme Court:

 

Occupy Wall Street Shows Muscle, Raises $300K

The Occupy Wall Street movement has close to $300,000, as well as storage space loaded with donated supplies in lower Manhattan. It stared down city officials to hang on to its makeshift headquarters, showed its muscle Saturday with a big Times Square demonstration and found legions of activists demonstrating in solidarity across the country and around the world.

SNL Takes a Shot at Mayor Bloomberg for His Response to #OWS Protesters

 

SNL took a shot at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his response to the Occupy Wall Street protests, painting him as deciding to use the protests as a way to promote New York tourism and now being supportive of the protesters.

The best one I think was the attempt by the city to run the protesters out of there permanently because they wanted to clean park:

Occupy Protests Spread Like Wildfire

NEW YORK — Protesters in at least four U.S. cities who were part of a growing anti-Wall Street sentiment were arrested after refusing to obey police orders to leave public areas, including 175 people in Chicago, where the arrests brought about a new phase of civil disobedience, organizers there said Sunday.

Angry And Scared: Stories of the 99% in St. Petersburg, Florida

At the Occupy St. Pete protest held yesterday in one of Florida's more liberal cities, almost 400 people turned out to the first Occupy event. They had their stories about why they were there, and what they hoped to accomplish.

Ogini Montaya, a tall skinny guy with a painted face, shook his head. "Yeah, I should have read the fine print," the 30-year-old electrician said. But when the work dried up along with the housing boom, it seemed like a good idea to go back to school.

Unfortunately for the husband and father of two, he chose a trade school whose counselor a/k/a sales rep assured him any credits earned at the school would transfer to a local college. "I even got it in writing," he told me, rueful. "They lied to me, dead to my face.

"I got a 3.5 GPA, spent $40,000 in two years. It's worthless." He said his wife was now supporting the family, "working 12 hours a day to keep us afloat. I called (Sen.) Bill Nelson's office and he said, "What do you want me to do about it?"

Cantor: We Need To Rely On The Wealthy To Address Income Inequality


The 99 percent movement protests are going global as more and more people seek to register their frustration with corporate greed and injust economic policies. Preferential tax treatment has helped drive the U.S. to its worst level of income inequality since the Great Depression, with the nation ranking more unequal than the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. Since 1979, “the gaps in after-tax income between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the middle and poorest fifths of the country more than tripled.”
America’s recognition of the indisputable level of inequality is forcing Republicans to back away from their condescending treatment of the “Occupy” protesters. Once concerned about these “growing mobs,” House Majority Eric Cantor (R-VA) is making an about-face. Today on Fox News Sunday, he told host Chris Wallace that the president and Republicans “agree that there is too much income disparity in this country.” Pointing to the public’s “complaint” about the unfair economic playing field, he insisted that Congress should rely on America’s wealthy “to take care of income disparity”:

Axelrod: GOP Doesn't Understand Occupy Wall Street

President Obama's top political adviser said Sunday that Republican presidential candidates who want to "roll back Wall Street reforms" obviously don't understand the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"I don't think any American is impressed when they see Gov. Romney and all Republican candidates say the first thing they'll do is roll back Wall Street reforms and go back to where we were before the crisis and let Wall Street write its own rules," David Axelrod told ABC's Christiane Amanpour.

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