(Good afternoon to my friends on the East Coast)
I am still not sure why the Tea Party and Libertarian types are against the OWS movement.
You’d think they would support a group who’s goal is to expose and hopefully end the corporate influence on our government, end corporate corruption, and to hold these who cause harm to the economy and our country as a whole accountable.
I am not sure what it is about the OWS movement that these people don’t agree with.
I like this:
“Remember folks: when occupying Wall Street, be sure to bring a banker. They have all the bailout money.”
Wall Street is not only the house at a casino, this approaches the point where Wall Street is the house, the gambling commission, and every other player at the poker table besides yourself – they don’t need to win, they just need you to lose and they have your money.
This is the fundamental problem.
Pretty much everything else is just a symptom of it.
One of the best aspects of the “Occupy” movement?
Wall Street may continue to shove their sh*t down our throats, but never again will they be able to insist that it’s chocolate rocky road ice cream.
Now, on with the show!
I’ve heard many of the critics of the Occupy Wall Street Movement using the “S” word. SOCIALISM. They throw it out there like pearls before Hannity and Coulter fans. Here’s a little lesson for you folks……
Once again the media is trying to divide us and pigeon-hole us into convenient categories.
“Anti-semitic Nazis” and the like.
Of course, the majority of any population will be a lot of things, but these sick and feebly attempts at dehumanizing the occupy Movement get tedious at times.
So anyway, for those of you who don’t really understand this and don’t want to ask because you’re afraid of looking or sounding politically ignorant…..
Socialism means state ownership of the means of production. In the modern sense, that usually means state ownership of one or a few key industries, such as energy production, telecom, or transportation.
There is nothing inherently socialist about a government providing services for its people. The postal service was created in the US Constitution. Was James Madison, patriot and slave owner, a socialist? Nor is it socialist to pay for these services through progressive taxation.
As it happens, programs such as old-age insurance, unemployment insurance, and the progressive income tax were advocated by socialist politicians. And socialist governments tend to offer more services because they are not so leery about state intervention in the economy. But I think it is very important to keep the distinction between socialism and the capitalist welfare state clear.
This was from a thread where one person was trying to dominate the discussion by accusing everyone in the thread that supported the demonstrators of being a SOCIALIST.
Finally, someone was fed up enough to reply.
It was on another popular website (www.fark.com) and I had a great laugh at this guys rant.
Draw your own conclusions, but it sure kept me entertained for a while.
So, with apologies to Drew Curtis over at Fark, here it is….
(Reprinted word for word)
“You really don’t know how it works, do you? Go back to Free Republic, idiot. farking Clown. That’s what you are, a farking clown.
Might as well just play the goddamn circus music when you post because your posts are so stupid, so ill-conceived that a 3rd grader could see through them. You. You’re the problem with this country.
You think education is for the “elite” while you sit at your IT Help Station all day, plotting how to spend your $9.00/hour with no benefits.
Don’t worry, clown, the Mountain Dew and Cheeto binges will catch up to you and your wonderful job will fire your yellow-stained finger ass because you had the goddamn audacity to get sick.
As you sit at home, pawning your Playstations one by one to get diabetes meds, playing your ever-shrinking collection of now PS-1 games, will your first thought be “Socialism did this!!!!”? Most likely. Better go stock up on Mountain Dew and some Cheetos now before everything you have is sold or pawned because your shiatty job couldn’t give you farking insurance. Because then you’ll be the poor one and in this country, the knobs you slobber over say that you’re not entitled to health care for free. When you are buried in a shiatty grave with a wood box, your last PS-1 games will be sold off to pay your massive medical bills. Luckily, you’ll die alone, so as not to pass the burden on to anyone else. Unless your poor parents make the mistake of co-signing for anything medical related, then they’ll be on the hook for the tens of thousands of dollars it took to keep you breathing as long as you did.””But, you know, socialism is bad.”
In the banking world:
Bank earnings don’t bode well for economy
By John W. Schoen, Senior Producer
“If even a banker can’t make money, times are really tough.”
“The latest round of quarterly bank earnings is bringing into sharper focus the breadth and depth of the economy’s distress.”
“Interest rates are lower than they’ve been in decades. Ordinarily, cheap money is a banker’s dream. But businesses and consumers just don’t want to borrow — at least not until they see some evidence that the economy is improving.”
“It’s hard not to be cautious,” JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told investors and reporters on a conference call last week. “Right now, nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow.”
Also from msnbc:
Social Security goes up, but so do Medicare premiums
By Martha C. White
The good news:
“Social Security recipients are getting their first cost-of-living raise, 3.6 percent, since 2009.”
The bad news:
“Rising Medicare premiums will eat into that increase for many, and could erase it entirely for a small percentage.”
Meanwhile, from the Corporate media regarding OWS…….
Occupy Wall Street reacts to Goldman Sachs pay
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Goldman Sachs has set aside $10 billion for staff pay so far this year, or roughly $292,000 per employee. That’s down $78,000 from last year.
Sound like a big drop? Try telling that to the folks at Occupy Wall Street.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said 31-year-old Amanda Seelen, a social worker who joined the gathering in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. “I don’t know how else to say it. It’s ridiculous.”
“As the Occupy Wall Street rally stretches into its fifth week, inspiring similar demonstrations across the country and around the world, protestors have yet to coalesce around a single set of demands.”
“They are clearly united, however, by their concerns about growing inequality and corporate excesses.”
Calico Blackie says:
Oh my God! Can you imagine the plight of the average Goldman-Sachs employee struggling to get by on only $292,000 per year?
Those poor people!
We better start setting up the donation cans in the check-out lanes of our local supermarkets.
Heh. WE already did when we bailed you out.
From fox “news”:
Public Radio Host Fired After Involvement in ‘Occupy D.C.’ Protest
A freelance broadcaster who works for music and documentary programs has been fired from a job after NPR questioned her involvement in a Washington protest.
Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was fired from “Soundprint,” a documentary show that is not produced by NPR. Simeone says she was fired Wednesday in a phone call during which NPR’s code of ethics was read to her.
Calico Blackie says:
If true, NPR should take a poll of it’s listeners regarding the firing. It’s OUR money that funds you, and WE should be able to decide if your “Code of Ethics” should follow the Constitutional rights of your employees.
Alec Baldwin Hopes Occupy Wall Street Sparks Campaign Finance Reform
From Los Angeles to New York, demonstrations increase in diversity and spread.
Calico Blackie Says:
Well, a celebrity that makes sense.
He’s asking for campaign finance reform, instead of what we usually hear from our more liberal minded celebrities.
You know….RAH RAH RAH…go get ‘em protestors!
Then they go back home to their mansions and enjoy their lobster dinners.
From CBS News:……..nothing
But hey, Lindsay Lohan got re-arrested, the Cardinals won the first game of the World Series and Quadaffi is dead!
Calico Blackie says:
Don’t get me wrong.
I like my “mindless entertainment” too.
I’m a big fan of the “Tremors” movies. Kevin Bacon is great and I get a big kick out of watching Bert Gummer hunting Graboids.
But I know that “bread and circuses” isn’t reality.
Also, I’m a small business owner that didn’t go into business to go broke. I started it to make money.
I just would like to see the huge wealth of this country go towards making our great country even greater.
The 1% are killing America because they care about something more than they care about humanity, their country and even whatever god they attend church for. They worship money and the game of acquiring even greater wealth.
By exploiting the working class, shrinking the middle-class, and ruining opportunities for small businesses to succeed, they are un-American and anti-world.
We read stories once in awhile about the problems of rich people. We even read that some of them shoot themselves. My parents used to tell me: “See, even rich people have problems, so money isn’t everything.”
They never had money.
Mae West once said: “I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich. Rich is better.”
Money is a corrupter for many people. The “root of all evil”, so to speak. But it doesn’t corrupt everyone.
At least Mae West was honest about it.
I just wish the those Bankers would realize that “No one gets out alive” and “You can’t take it with you.”
Ever wonder if there is a heaven and hell?
If there is, I’ll bet that one day there’s going to be a lot of those bankers walking around down in hell thinking that a horrible mistake was made!
All kidding aside…..
We need reforms, and I’m afraid that if the people don’t get reforms, they will take them.
STAND UP FOR AMERICA. Stop allowing corporations to mindlessly rape the world and it’s people in the name of greed.
And now a message for my fellow “OldGoats”. (you “kids” can tune out here, if you wish)
Those “Occupy” protestors are also fighting for YOUR pensions, YOUR Social Security, YOUR rights.
Stand in solidarity with them!
This should not be a government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.
Fight for your rights!
We Are The 99%