Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Hypocrisy of the Occupy Movement


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is not about profits. It's about a broken system of government in which our elected officials can take large donations from large corporations and then those same officials are allowed to pass laws and tax breaks for the same corporations. We often focus on the president but its our congress that is broken. Both Democrats and Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Just what I was thinking. I am pleased that Rochester is upholding the law and taking the occupiers out of the park they have chosen after the 11 pm requirement. They are of course going to sue saying it is hurting their first amendment rights. The same man that was involved with the Good woman and her camera is helping these people. He seems to have lots of time on his hands too.
The other cities in NY are treating them like awkward relatives that need a cup of cocoa and hand holding until they get it out of their system. Let's hope these hypocrites get bored with this when the holidays come around. If not we are in for a lot of inconvenience.
And if they are allowed to stay in parks after closing in Albany and Buffalo and Syracuse, the homeless and vagrants and criminals can join their ranks since they can't "discriminate". That will make it a little cozy for them snuggling up with homeless people who haven't showered in 2 months. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

What a pompous ass! Who is he to speak against those who are trying to wake up America to overwhelming greed of corporate America. Does he speak for the 99%? I doubt it! If he truly looked at those in the OWS movement, he would find they are not mostly young people with cell phones, but educated adults, unemployed street people, people from all walks of life who know something has to be done about Wall Street and corporate America who pay off our legislators with huge campaign contributions to assure that they can go on raping Americans in order to live their billion dollar lifestyle (the 1%). Until something is done, we will be sinking lower and lower in the world economy.

SCATS said...

To 10:47AM ~~ Do you realize you start your rant by pointing to corporate greed as the villain, but end it by blaming those who govern us for accepting corporate bribes (campaign contributions)? Wouldn't it be a great idea to tackle the second item to cut off at the knees the first item?

Regarding the age of the protesters ~ While I've seen a crosscut of people represented in the news videos, I also see that the MAJORITY appear to be in the under 35 demographic. And amongst them are plenty who have been caught engaged in some outrageous acts, like defecating on the American flag. Such actions do nothing to help the 99%, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

When 83% of the nation's wealth is controlled by the top 20% of people it creates an inherently unbalanced society. The OWS movement has focused on the top 1% since they are able to influence our government and country to a disproportionate degree with their massive wealth. It's not about corporate profits - it's about fixing America so the bottom 80% have a chance.

Anonymous said...

1:33 Thank You!!! I agree with you! This country is no longer a world leader in class mobility.

SCATS said...

To 1:33PM ~~ Are you suggesting that making changes so that campaign contributions won't oil the squeeky wheel wouldn't be a HUGE step in the right direction? I'm not hearing anyone talk about overhauling IRS tax codes either ... I mean in their entirety, not just as they apply to the wealthy.

By the way, the "dream" of wealth has made us what we are for the last couple hundred years. Suddenly, those who risked it all and saw a payoff are vermin? Look at how many corporations & jobs they created. Bad, bad George Eastman, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Martha Stewart, Mark Zuckerberg ... !!

SCATS said...

To 1:54PM ~~ Maybe that's because we are a world leader in raising entire generations looking for a handout?? Welfare is broken!! Too many people are BETTER OFF not working than taking some hourly paid job. It's not new, it's been going on for years and that monster has been fed by liberal schemes to give away money without requiring accountability ... remember the $200 vouchers for school supplies that got spent clearing Walmart's shelves of flatscreen TVs? I do ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats
There is such a thing as too much profit for a few. The gap between executive pay and regular worker's pay in our country is too large. Inequalities in wealth when they are too large mean that those who have the most money have too much power. Then they can use power to gain more economic and poltical advantage We did fine economcially when corporate taxes were higher. There were plenty of rich people then too but the gap between the rich and the poor was smaller and relatively speaking most people were better off. Most of us are just looking for a fairer system

Anonymous said...

SCATS, even though we don't share the same tastes in candidates for elected office, I totally agree with your posting this video and your statements.

Too many people would rather get a hand out instead of just a hand up. We can't afford liberal policies that increase welfare when there simply aren't enough of us taxpayers around to pay for it.

I'll join you in opposing any and all candidates that support higher taxes, increased spending and bigger government.

SCATS said...

To 3PM ~~ I believe much of that gap in pay has come about from outsourcing manufacturing & high tech jobs which has been enabled by a number of past administrations representing BOTH political parties. We've become more of a service based economy & those jobs will never pay as much as the type we outsourced.

And I'm not sure that I agree with your contention that "We did fine economcially when corporate taxes were higher." It's akin to saying we did fine when we allowed people with bad credit, low income, little resources to take out huge mortgages and rack up lots of credit to buy things they never had any chance of paying back. The chickens have come home to roost for those folks.

To 3:12PM ~~ I'm not exactly sure what you think my taste in candidates might be. I'm not registered for either party, but have voted for more Republicans than Democrats over time. In more recent times, I think I became much more aware that local Republicans are rather "liberal" as far as Republicans typically go. But then maybe that's because so many of them flopped parties without flipping their ideologies. In my mind, too much control by either party is DYSFUNCTIONAL, thus my support for bringing some balance of power back to certain levels of govt in the Town of Greece & Monroe County. IMHO, Maggie's gotta go & we need at least 2 voices of dissent in Greece Town govt to clean-up the corruption that continues. One person probably can't do it alone. Since there is no true third party option, Democratic candidates for those seats will be what I opt for.

Anonymous said...

Well, if you support democrat candidates who will just end up raising taxes if elected then you get what you vote for.

Me, I'll vote for Republicans who at least don't jack up taxes like the democrats do. Sorry, but we can't afford the democrats you want to see in office SCATS.

Good luck (well, not really) ;)

SCATS said...

To 5:27PM ~~ You talk as if the Republicans haven't raised taxes. Of course, they have! Many times they just disguise it by raising your assessment instead. If there's 1-2 Dems on the Greece Town board, they can't possibly "raise taxes" without convincing one of the three remaining Republicans to go along with them. Do you fear a defector?? lol

Anonymous said...

Don't put words in people's mouth SCATS. When you say "you talk as if" you are claiming to know what someone is saying. But as you are not a mind ready, you can't claim to know what anyone is thinking.

SCATS said...

To 7:34AM ~~ When I say "you talk as if" I'm not claiming to know what you are saying, I'm telling you WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE SAYING! If you don't like what you heard me say, then maybe YOU need to work on writing your message in a way that's more readily conveyed/understood by those you wish to "inform." ;)

You're right. I'm "not a mind ready" ... whatever that is.

Charlie Hubbard said...

This freak show at wall st. is made up of people who feel it is 'they' that should be 'entitled' to tell others how much they can make. Even worse is they feel 'they' are 'entitled' to dictate (like all good communist) how the successfull should spend thier money meaning of course 'they' should get it.

Two people come to mind when I hear these 'freaks' talk about the free enterprise system that they want to do away with.
One is Bob Wegman (and now his family) who chose to save the Aquinas institute with thier (amoung other things) money and how much better off our community is. The wall st. freaks think the Wegmans should not even have had that money - that they came to have that money in dirty ways.

The second is Tom Galisano who after providing employment for thousands spends some of his money building a hospital for kids. What an uncaring individual based on the thinking of the 'freaks'.

How some of our politicians like Louise and her party can back this freak show is beyond me.
It does show how the 'entitlement mentality' so dominates our thinking today.