Levin's goal is to form organization around the country to thwart the Tea Party political goals. He plans to accomplish this objective by infiltrating the Tea Party with false members. He will then have those members "out-crazy" the tea partiers.
A new Time magazine poll asked respondents for their opinion of “the Tea Party movement.” Just 27% had a favorable opinion. Then the poll asked about OWS.
“In the past few days, a group of protestors has been gathering on Wall Street in New York City and some other cities to protest policies which they say favor the rich, the government’s bank bailout, and the influence of money in our political system. Is your opinion of these protests very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, very unfavorable, or don’t you know enough about the protests to have an opinion?”
A combined 54% had a favorable impression — exactly double that of the Tea Party.
The same poll went on to ask about a variety of specific OWS-related positions, all of which enjoyed strong support — 68% want the wealthy to pay more taxes; 71% want to see bankers prosecuted for the 2008 crash; 79% believe the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. has grown too large; 86% believe Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence.
Critics of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement complain that the protesters don’t have a policy agenda and, therefore, don’t stand for anything. They're wrong. The key isn’t what protesters are for but rather what they’re against -- the gaping inequality that has poisoned our economy, our politics and our nation.
In America today, 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. That’s not because 150 million Americans are pathetically lazy or even unlucky. In fact, Americans have been working harder than ever -- productivity has risen in the last several decades. Big business profits and CEO bonuses have also gone up. Worker salaries, however, have declined.
The Coast Guard in Boston confirmed that a woman in uniform was harassed and spat upon near Occupy Boston protesters.
The woman was walking to the train and said protesters spit on her twice, called her foul names and even threw a water bottle at her.
...they have already ruined a few newly sodded sections of the park. The re-sodding of the park was completed this year as part of a $419,000 stimulus project to refurbish the square.
dgheck - does that last comment mean you agree that there were rallies where Tea Partiers had weapons?
The accusation is that OWS is threatening violence to achieve their ends. I disagree with both the premise and the accusation.
-i am with you. i personally know many constitutionalists, and we are all well-armed. i pack my S & W .357 magnum daily. because there are no "free guns"-these idiots do not have many. i am also thinking of keeping my 12 ga pump in my car¿ - in the event things get wild.
Late last month, a ragtag group of several hundred liberal activists ventured to the centre of America's economic universe – Wall Street – to protest against what they saw as the country's growing income inequality and the stranglehold of corporate money over US democracy. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement hoped to attract thousands of protesters, but the turnout ended up being disappointingly smaller. Coverage of the protests was largely restricted to liberal media outlets and a snarky piece in the New York Times captured the sentiments of many when it dismissed them as "carnival" and "street theatre". One could be forgiven for dismissing the demonstrations as simply another failure of progressive populist politics in an era where populist energy is generally restricted to the anti-government, conservative right.
What a difference a month makes. Not only has OWS survived, it has captured the imagination of multitudes of embittered Americans. It has become a national force with the very real potential to roil American politics fundamentally. Other groups have sprung up in cities across the US and are now branching out internationally, including London.
American unions are jumping on the bandwagon, showing solidarity with a movement that shares many of labour's anti-corporate views. So, too, are Democratic politicians who detect a shift in the political winds. Mainstream media now treat the "Occupiers" as legitimate political protesters rather than a collection of clueless hippies. In a poll by Time, 54% of respondents rated the Wall Street protests positively, with 25% saying they had a "very favourable" opinion of them.
So what exactly is happening here? In a nutshell, Americans are ticked off. Millions are struggling financially; many are out of a job or are underemployed. They can't pay their bills. They are falling deeper into personal debt. They are losing hope that things will improve in the foreseeable future. Worst of all, while they are falling further behind a small minority appears to be leaping further ahead.
Wall Street and the big banks caused the market crash that cost millions of jobs and plunged the US economy into near-depression. Yet three years later, the country's financial elite continues to prosper while the other 99% suffers. Meanwhile, Washington, due mainly to the unceasing obstructionism of the Republican party, seems completely incapable of arresting America's decline.
"The smart rich know they can only build the gate so high. And, and, sooner or later history proves that people when they've had enough aren’t going to take it anymore. And much better to deal with it nonviolently now, through the political system, than what could possibly happen in the future, which nobody wants to see,"
Take everything you got and lay it on the f*ckin floor. Don't make me have to set an example today and blow one of you crazy motherf*ckers away
to protest against what they saw as the country's growing income inequality and the stranglehold of corporate money over US democracy
Or how about taking our money and giving it to oil companies who've been making the GREATEST PROFITS OF ALL TIME?
Not god Bless America, NO NO NO! God DAMN America!
F*ck the USA
I am not talking about the working class of people who already give so much in hard time. I am talking about the rich people. Who can give. They already sit on top of millions to billions of dollars. It wouldn't kill them give some away.
The child tax credit goes into your pocket. It doesn't do a thing for Social Security.
1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We categorically REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year.
You guys are so eager to condemn the protesters, you're entirely missing the point. You allow the Tea Party to use vague ideological ideas and say they have meaning, but specific and lucid complaints by OWS go completely disregarded.
Gural also noted that Frank isn’t counting on Wall Street cash, since the financial reform law, Dodd-Frank, is even named for him. “There are people in the industry who are seriously not happy with him,” and will not be showing up at his fundraisers, Gural said.
For example, about six months ago, members of the financial industry declined to attend another Frank fundraiser. “The feedback that one of our people got… was, ‘Barney Frank, are you kidding?‘“Gural said.
...and how in your mind is Krugman to blame??
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66412.html#ixzz1bKxtA5oO
Frank said he supports the movement “to the extent that they obey the law” and that he wishes “that kind of energy was around two years ago when we were voting on the financial reform bill. We’d have a tougher bill.”
The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday
The deal also will include creative ways to cut GM's hourly labor costs. GM pays around $56 per hour including wages and benefits, which is less than what Ford pays but far higher than other companies like Chrysler and Hyundai Motor Co.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday its analysis of contribution data reveals Obama has raised more from the financial and banking sector this year than all of the GOP presidential hopefuls combined.
Well, the WaPo included not only cash that Obama has raised on Wall Street for his campaign, but also for the Democratic National Committee
Apart from the nearly $12 million he helped raise for the DNC, Obama has raised $3.9 million from the finance sector for his own campaign committee, compared with Romney's $7.5 million and nearly $2 million by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.