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  •  I think Bill Maher is funny ... (21+ / 0-)

    ... and he's right, but just not yet.  Most people have a nebulous idea about what "private equity" or "Vulture capitalism" is to start with, and it will take some time to educate everyone about that. So, I think Bill Maher's right ... but just not yet.

    I would point to a well-known person who is in the gray area between Romney and Disney:  Warren Buffett. It can be argued that Buffett produces a product, but it really is just paper, and it's not really as tangible as a cartoon flickering on a screen or otherwise existing in a dusty metal film cannister. And it is certainly less tangible than a Ford Model "T." But people actually kind of like Warrent Buffett because, although he's immensely wealthy, he's not COMPLETELY TONE DEAF! (Or, maybe he just has a pricier public relations firm than Mittens.).

    That, I would suggest, is Mitt Romney's biggest problem and what will eventually cost him the election. He is the bloody tone-deafest person in all of history. Even if you believe the popular folklore that Queen Marie Antoinette, upon hearing that the French peasantry couldn't afford bread, told a companion, "Let them eat cake," she is only accused of saying that one time. Romney, on the other hand, has a tone-deaf gaffe at least three times per week, what with the "I like firing people," "$300k in speaking fees is not much," "a $10,000 bet is small change," "I've paid all of my taxes [but at no more than a 15% rate]," and on and on.

    Because of OWS, Romney is the 1% candidate stuck in a 1% daydream trying to deal with a 99% world. Even back in the day, Romney thought that the Gordon Gekko character from Wall Street was the hero of the movie. Sure, Gekko was a charismatic force in the movie, but he was a charasmatic force for evil. But, that's the problem with tone-deaf people.  


    Republicans, like Zombies, just want to get a head.

    by Tortmaster on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:30:01 AM PST

    •  On the new Moyers & Company show (11+ / 0-)

      this past week (they finally showed it here), the main segment about wealth inequality began with a scene from the movie; Wall Street. Having not ever seen the movie, but having heard plenty about it from the mainstream over the years, I was surprised by how obvious the message was – that greed, indeed, is bad.

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      by asterkitty on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:45:34 AM PST

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      •  The message of the movie depends on the watcher (7+ / 0-)

        I hadn't seen it either and was looking it up mostly to see if it hung out on cable.
        Ended up finding many articles that said things like this

        In the two decades since its release, Wall Street and its lead characters, the father-of-all-evil Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas in an Oscar-winning turn) and the corruptible ingénu Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), have exuded an almost hypnotic attraction on scores of would-be bankers and traders.

        “[The movie] became a cult phenomenon on business school campuses,” says Ken Moelis, 52, a former UBS banker who now runs his own advisory boutique and is one of Wall Street’s best-known dealmakers. “[After they joined the industry] these kids told me that they watched it so many times I thought they knew more about Gordon Gekko than their families.”

        They were filled with plenty of quotes from those so inspired on seeing the movie.
        Anti-heroes can have their appeal and in this case it was to become rich through legal robbery as opposed to killing or whatever most movie bad guys do

        •  Martin Sheen chastising movie son Charlie: (2+ / 0-)
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          When does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough, huh?

          "I am not interested in why man commits evil, I want to know why he does good (here and there) or at least feels that he ought to."
          --Vaclav Havel

          by drobnox on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:33:41 PM PST

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