Occupy Wall Street has been a phenomenal awakening--and I have been proud to be a part of the non-sleepover (wimp...) outer ring of regular marchers. Tomorrow, c'mon out for another important phase in holding the economic Thieves Guild accountable--with a tour of the lairs of a few billionaires who hole up in Manhattan and wreak havoc on the country and the world.
There is an incredible easy equation to make--both morally and financially. The one percent broke it now they need to fix it. And it all adds up, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
I find myself laughing at this--part in disgust and part in admiration for a group of people who have no shame and just do not care what happens to regular people in the country. On the one hand, we have a monumental jobs catastrophe underway. And, on the other hand, you have the people who helped cause that catastrophe making every effort to guarantee that we will be back in the same place down the road. This simply shows that nothing has changed.
Here is part of our predicament. The Tea Party-Republican wing of the political space is filled with lunatics--they want to turn the country back to the 1920s. Too many Democrats have forgotten what it once meant to be a "Democrat". But, the plague of disinformation and stupidity that will cost people their lives is carefully masked by the seemingly innocuous call by the corporate media to embrace a "balanced approach".
The anger against the president that has been rocketing around many circles of liberal/progressive politics is misplaced.
The crisis we face isn’t about what the president is doing, or failing to do.
We are under siege, fighting the greatest class warfare in perhaps 100 years. And we can expect very little help from a political system that has aided, without regard to party, the looting of the country over the past 30 years.
The crisis we face is about us: the people who count themselves as activists and leaders.
Certainly, it does matter if we have good elected, political leadership—and it is legitimate to point out the lack of leadership, or just really bad leadership.
BUT, leadership in the absence of a mass, focused, coordinated movement is powerless—even if leaders, somewhere deep inside, want to do the right thing.
And we do not have such a movement.
I've never had the boy gene for cars--the apparent salivation (or other bodily reaction) that goes with having the perfect car. But, I know enough, mostly from watching way too many sports events, to understand that BMW has spent a ton of money marketing itself as the car to have. But, fear not--BMW is no different when it comes to crushing the dreams of hard-working people, and taking taxpayers for a...ahem...ride.
Happy Days are here again, folks--uh, for the corporate bottom line. The people: not so much.
Silly you. Bet you were confused, thinking that that extra money was hidden in your paycheck, a gift from those companies sitting on a trillion dollars in cash. C'mon, this is the United States of America where the only people who deserve more money are those that have plenty already: The CEOs of the country, many of whom helped cause the financial crisis that bankrupted millions of Americans.
It's a head-scratcher--to some. Wealth has been created globally but, somehow, a suffocating blanket of austerity is embracing the world. But it would be no surprise to the people in the streets in Greece or to the millions of people here who cannot find work to read the headline in the left-wing, socialist rag...Financial Times: "Top dogs take bigger slice of spoils".
There is a pretty damning article in today's Financial Times, probably the planet's leading English language business daily. The upshot: unless we spark a major revolution, the majority of the world people are truly screwed.
Scott Walker is bringing his anti middle-class, union-busting act to New York City--and we can show him, on behalf of all Wisconsin workers and workers throughout the nation, that he is not welcome in New York City.
The answer to this question would appear to be obvious. But, it needs constant reinforcing--as you will see from the debate (if you can call it that) last night between yours truly and Larry Kudlow and a stooge from the right wing. It's almost laughable and entertaining--if the consequences weren't so dire.