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Jesse/MOT makes a good point to the George Wills of the world that perhaps they are not the best representatives of what the middle and lower class need and want in today's society.  But they think they are, which highlights a level of delusion I thought was more cluelessness than narcissism.  So let me say this again about what people at OWS are protesting:

They are NOT protesting the right of the rich to make a profit.  They are protesting the fact that the rich's side of the social contract turned out to be complete bunk.  The rich said if we just lowered their taxes enough, and all those pesky regulations that keep workers alive enough, then all those record profits would trickle down to the other 98% of America in no time flat.

Instead the rich thanked those workers by keeping the profits and sending those jobs overseas, and then by attacking, destroying and demonizing any of the mechanisms available to the middle class to do anything about it.  And they expect the rest of America to thank them for it while pushing the austerity craze to pay for their sins.  The poor aren't supposed to pay for the rich; the rich are supposed to pay for the poor.

I distinctly remember at my previous job when the company shopped around new health insurance.  The insurance basically called for less benefits for the same amount of pay, and naturally not enough employees signed on to it to enact.  In response the company sent around a curt and condescending memo announcing the rejection of the new insurance and chastising the employees for not being willing to take less to save their bosses a buck.  And as my boss and I had known each other a while, that was how they treated their friends.  

They really do think their right to improve their lives at the cost of your own is capitalism, but you trying to improve your own life at the cost of theirs is socialism.  This isn't lack of insight or knowledge.  They know exactly what they are doing.  And history has shown they will never give you anything voluntarily.  You have to take it.  You have to fight tooth and nail every step of the way.  The OWS movement shows that people are not waiting around for the Democrats to defend them anymore.  And anyone to the Left of Pat Buchanan should be scared to death by that.  When people bypass the institutionalized methods of protest it means they are at the end of their rope.  What happens when the rope runs out?

Whichever protester wrote this sign was right:  it's only class warfare if we fight back.  They're going to demonize you whether you fight back of not so you might as well take some bodies down with you in the process.  

Originally posted to james richardson on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 02:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  I've Got A Story About My Brother (18+ / 0-)

    He was a successful restaurant manager. But one day he realized it sucked working weekends and pretty much every holiday. He went back to college and got a MA in networking. He is now a Cisco engineer.

    He is lucky, he has a pretty good job.

    But he soon realized three things (1) he is still working weekends and always a 60+ hour work week. (2) They won't pay off his student loans. (3) Although they will pay for his Cisco certifications, he has to study for them on his own time, which means he really is working for than 60 hours a week.

    Oh and he figured out something else, although he base salary is nice, when you divide it by the number of hours he is working he is making less doing this than running a restaurant.

    He is not so happy about this. About all I say is "welcome to Corporate America Jeff. Fun ain't it!"

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 03:08:06 PM PDT

    •  You can't win for losing (8+ / 0-)

      seems to be a phrase that is apt to the American worker in 2011.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 03:38:34 PM PDT

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    •  Just wait until they cut his job because they (4+ / 0-)

      think it will save them a little money and he finds he has NO recourse.  Oh, and, if they do, he can be fairly certain that at least part of the money saved will go into some upper level f*ck's bank account.

      In a world ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

      by Saint Jimmy on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 04:06:55 PM PDT

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    •  At one time, I went for various Cisco (2+ / 0-)
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      and Microsoft certifications. I'd been working for 30 years as a programmer/analyst and as those jobs were being shipped off to China and India, I decided to spend some of my savings on "retraining". This was back around 2004.

      I paid for and passed the exams for Microsoft's MCP, MCDBA, and MCSE. And, I also went for and passed the Cisco CCNA.

      Since then, the number of certifications from both companies has exploded. It's a complete alphabet soup designed IMHO to extract money/time from consultants, employees, and companies in an effort to promote their proprietary positions in the marketplace.

      At the end of the day, I said fuck it, went back to college to get a degree in Sociology with some hope of starting a new career. Well, forget that! I graduated in 2006 when I was 59 years old, but my degree was useless.

      I finally accepted a job as a Preschool Teacher after taking a few Early Education Courses. And, while I loved working with the 3/4 year old children in my class, I hated working with managers and about 1/2 the other teachers that had a mental age that was less than my children.

      So, I think the bottom line is to forget about retraining unless you want to end up with a minimum wage job like I did.

      Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

      by Mr Robert on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 05:48:24 PM PDT

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  •  I'm angry over free trade (2+ / 0-)
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    It was predicted from the very begining.  Outsourcing sacrificed quality for cost every time it was done.  But it made the rich richer, which let them bribe worthless politicians into letting them do it more.  And they never created new jobs to replace the old, they barely even shared the benefit with the workers still left.  I'm angry at every one who went along with it and sold us out.

    We knew this would happen.  We knew the Top 1% would try to crash the US down to the global minimum wage.  Jobs will flee until nowhere else is cheaper.  And the rich don't care if they crash the whole system.  I think most of them are cheering for a new great depression.  They can just hole up in their retreats and compounds with guns and gold and wait it all out.

    They will do it unless we stop them.  They will not address the fact that no one has any money to spend, so how does anyone else make any?  Anyone who refuses to discus currency manipulation or tariffs is not on our side.  Because without real change to address the trade deficit, the economy will crash.

    I firmly believe that this is the best, most Constitutional and most equal way of demanding that the Top 1% share more of the wealth.

    Trickle Down economics does work.  But we've never tried it because it's incompatible with free trade.  But it's how global trade is supposted to work to protect national interests.  And if you don't like that concept, then go work for $1/hr.    

  •  Society Very Deliberately and Purposely Tore Down (2+ / 0-)
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    the barriers that kept the rich from grabbing up most of the wealth of the nation.

    Both parties helped; the last time the common people as a whole were advancing economically was the end of LBJ's Admin, and every Admin Republican or Democrat since then has contributed to moving wealth and opportunity from the people as a whole up to the rich.

    This has been around a 40 year process and that span includes the rise and establishment of the entire mainstream economic consensus of this country and of both political parties.

    Anything that slows, never mind stops, the continued increase of percentage of the nation's wealth possessed by the rich is class warfare and communism to the village and to all the consensus leadership of this country.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 05:35:25 PM PDT

  •  Would triple rec this quote (3+ / 0-)
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    They really do think their right to improve their lives at the cost of your own is capitalism, but you trying to improve your own life at the cost of theirs is socialism.  

    I AM a capitalist. I believe in investment. I believe investment MUST include social investment. I believe capitalism MUST include rules of the game, as per the baseball analogy offered (Mark Sumner?) over the weekend.

    Apparently I also AM a socialist. Didn't know it until recently, but ... there's a lot of good reasons for me to believe it now.

    How to reconcile the two? No clue. I think there is room for both.

    Never separate the life you live from the words you speak. ~ Paul Wellstone

    by Melanie in IA on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:15:55 PM PDT

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