Tuesday, October 11, 2011

OWS, Dems and Republicans

Robert Reich addresses the questions of OWS and its relations with the Dems...
But if Occupy Wall Street coalesces into something like a real movement, the Democratic Party may have more difficulty digesting it than the GOP has had with the Tea Party.

After all, a big share of both parties’ campaign funds comes from the Street and corporate board rooms...
Which brings us to the present day. Barack Obama is many things but he is as far from left-wing populism as any Democratic president in modern history. True, he once had the temerity to berate “fat cats” on Wall Street, but that remark was the exception – and subsequently caused him endless problems on the Street.
But the modern Democratic Party is not likely to embrace left-wing populism the way the GOP has embraced – or, more accurately, been forced to embrace – right-wing populism. Just follow the money, and remember history.
Then we're going to have to force the Dems to choose between the lucre and the backers, between coin and the base.

But if the relationship between OWS and the Dems is troubling, the rise of left-wing populism has made the Republicans go totally psycho. Which is a good thing. Krugman:
Not long ago a YouTube video of Ms. Warren making an eloquent, down-to-earth case for taxes on the rich went viral. Nothing about what she said was radical — it was no more than a modern riff on Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dictum that “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”

But listening to the reliable defenders of the wealthy, you’d think that Ms. Warren was the second coming of Leon Trotsky. George Will declared that she has a “collectivist agenda,” that she believes that “individualism is a chimera.” And Rush Limbaugh called her “a parasite who hates her host. Willing to destroy the host while she sucks the life out of it.”

What’s going on here? The answer, surely, is that Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.

Yet they have paid no price. Their institutions were bailed out by taxpayers, with few strings attached. They continue to benefit from explicit and implicit federal guarantees — basically, they’re still in a game of heads they win, tails taxpayers lose. And they benefit from tax loopholes that in many cases have people with multimillion-dollar incomes paying lower rates than middle-class families.
That last sentence fits right in with the post below, dunnit?

As you know, I'm normally not the sort of blogger who excerpts text while adding no words of his own. But in this case -- what they said.

Added note: Ezra Klein discovers that the stimulus was mostly tax cuts, and tax cuts don't work tax cuts don't work tax cuts don't work.

has a post up about his attempts to interview the OWS protesters. He is an Australian hedge fund manager, and is both clear headed and writes very well. There is a small chance you will find what he writes about the OWS interesting. The jist is that they are united in thinking things are not right with the US - that things are not fair. They have no unified ideas how to put that right.

Despite the print and broadcast media's attempts to spin this, the longer OWS protests continue voters will wake up to the fact that their Senators and Representatives are not working in their best interest.

The republicans are aware of this and are pushing back with their usual lies and distortions, the stupid Democrats in congress haven't realized it yet. They seem to think the OWS protesters are on their side. When they wake to the fact that Obama is viewed as part of the problem they will go behind the scenes to urge that local cops start cracking heads ala Chicago '68.
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