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Anyone supporting local OWS events today?

  1. Mighty Mom profile image86
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    Hey 99%ers.
    Anyone participating on Occupy (name of your city goes here) in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street today?
    If not live and in person, how about participating through online OWS sites??

    1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
      StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      "Occupy Wall Street"

      Because "...This is what a 'Useless Whiny Aimless Hipster Brain-Dead Drugged-Up Childish Unwashed Union-Thug Tool of the Socialist Liberal Lock-Step Left into Public Sex & Pooping on Cars Who Lives in Momma's Basement' looks like..." was just too long to chant.

      Sorry kids. Preplanned, heavily staged, media saturated, AstroTurfed Anarchist love-ins do NOT a "Peace Movement" make. Particularly when they're in bed with Islamic Terrorist websites, and various other "death to America" groups. We now have the complete #OccupyWallStreet Email Archives (which I know is totally OK, because Sarah Palin's emails were fair game) which show little actual "love of humanity" as the genesis of the movement. None, actually.

      "Croudsource" THIS:

      http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/201 … overnments

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Now that's interesting.  And if it's true, it explains the fuel behind the OWS movement.   And confirms the fact that America needs to drill baby drill on our own soil (literally and figuratively).

        1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
          StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Just doing my part, Ma'am. And, the email's validity isn't in question. The 'Anonymous' hacker team might have a few skills, but that's not to say they're the smartest guys on the net. Nor the best equipped.

          As a rule, I never credit your average Lock-step Liberal with an over abundance of intellect, to begin with.

          1. Mighty Mom profile image86
            Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Tea party members, on the other hand, are all intellectual giants.

            http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web03/2010/11/12/16/homer-simpson-at-tea-party-rally-31322-1289599172-5.jpg

            1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
              Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              lol lol lol

            2. StripedCrunchy profile image60
              StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              That's all you've got? Fully Clothed, fat white people (excepting the cartoon, the addition of which shows a sophomoric intellect, at best), NOT doing drugs, having public sex, or otherwise fouling every square foot of land they're standing on? ~yawn~

              I'm going to have to add "Boring" to my general assessment of the Lock-step Liberal.

              1. lovemychris profile image59
                lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Better than the Lock-N-Load Baggers.  *you betcha*

              2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Sorry, I must have fell asleep and missed the link you posted showing OWS protesters; doing drugs; having public sex; fouling every square foot of land their standing on. I must keep pace roll

                1. lovemychris profile image59
                  lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  You must keep spouting the wall street scree. Where's the proof of anything you just said?

                  Meanwhile, while you poor righty's are always crying victim:
                  "Arrests have begun. (I mean, of peaceful citizens. Still no banker or CEO in jail.) Now we're watching people being dragged away. #OWS"


                  Lie, cheat, steal....no problemo! Stand up to it...go to jail? THIS is Bagger America? You can have it.

                  1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
                    StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    lovemychrisposted 106 minutes ago in reply to this

                    You must keep spouting the wall street scree. Where's the proof of anything you just said?

                    Lovemy? Did you not see the link I posted? #OccupyWallStreet's email archive? Is this all going too fast for you?

              3. Mighty Mom profile image86
                Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                You find doing drugs having public sex boring?
                Well, a chacun son gout.

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            Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I think they're as intelligent as anyone else;  it's just that so many have attention span problems, they're all over the place and can be swayed to fight for any cause, real or imagined, as long as it's something "new".....

            1. Mighty Mom profile image86
              Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              9+% unemployment.
              Millions of American jobs disappeared overseas.
              401(k) plans decimated.
              COBRA coverage gone with the jobs.
              Homes foreclosed on.


              Yes, these are all imagined.
              Just like the Vietnam War.

              1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Like the Tea Party?

                1. Mighty Mom profile image86
                  Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Au contraire, Hollie. Nothing like the Tea Party.

                  If there's one thing you can say about the Tea Party is they are NOT subject to whims or flights of fancy.
                  They remain 100% clear on their values.
                  THEIR values. Which should be EVERYONE ELSE'S VALUES. Dammit!

                  They stand firm in their convictions -- even in the face of overwhelming evidence that they're wrong and absolutely no one else is standing with them.
                  smile

                  1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                    Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    Hey, who needs evidence, when you know the big G is on your side. smile Sheer righteousness, and funding, who needs it lol

                    1. Mighty Mom profile image86
                      Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      Good point.
                      They've got the  Big G.
                      But we've got the Big O! lol

        2. Smart Rookie profile image67
          Smart Rookieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          No one with a brain will take your name-calling seriously. Just because the opposition to the cause is a bunch of fascist, militant, selfish, brainwashed, easily-duped by the establishment bunch of bigoted, simpleton sociopath morons doesn't mean your worthless hyperlink is credible to any extent whatsoever.

          1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
            StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Whoa. Did I just catch flack for posting what amounts to a humorous name calling, by someone who immediately launched a long calling of names? Hypocrisy, thy name is Smookie.

            Are the effects wearing off, Rart Smookie? Take another hit, dude. You'll be feeling mellow in a minute.

            And the hyperlink's worth, is indeed, purely subjective. To the Lock-step Liberal, it is proof that the drum he is marching to is being beaten by the very people he would protest, and is therefore a thing to be ridiculed and avoided. Sheep hate Sheepdogs. Cockroaches hate Light. Protesters hate to learn that their strings are being pulled by foreign ideologues who couldn't begin to care less if they all dropped dead on the spot.

            1. Mighty Mom profile image86
              Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              "Protesters hate to learn that their strings are being pulled by foreign ideologues who couldn't begin to care less if they all dropped dead on the spot."

              Crunchy. Substitute "domestic, corporate" for "foreign" and you've got a spot-on description of the Tea Party! smile

              1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
                StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I always (and yes, I mean Always) hear from the uninformed that the Tea Party is being ginned up by Big Money from somewhere. Oddly, not a person I know who is active in the Tea Party (and that is a large, diverse group from all over America I'm in contact with), has been able to tell me where a humble little Crunchy can get in on some of that Corporate Sponsor Money. Evidently, there just isn't any to be had.

                No one has ever offered me a free bus ride, complete with free T-shirts and signs to wave, to go to some protest or other. Unions, both Private and Public sector, do that all the time. ACORN, and all of the quickly renamed little .orgs it split into, does that all the time. Paid Protestor businesses do that all the time.

                If you're now SWEARING there can be no such business, get your fingers over to Craigslist Employment, and look for "Work for Important Issues". Paid Protesting is a time-honored leftist career. The people in the Tea Party have jobs and spouses and children to support, so we're not really given to empty causes and wastes of our time. Or money.

                So please, MM. Find me the Corporate Sponsorship you're so certain I'm being guided and provided by, and at least get me a little reimbursement for all the time and money I've invested, trying to keep Greedy Fat-Cat Socialist Community Organizers & Agitators from putting my country into Bankruptcy.

            2. Smart Rookie profile image67
              Smart Rookieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Not hypocrisy, just evening up the sides.

              I created a thoughtful response, but I hit a wrong button and it was all wiped out. What's funny is that you and your ilk don't care if I have any common ground with you or not.

              I don't care what foreign ideologues think. I know who doesn't care whether I live or die. That thing is called selfishness. Certain people want their lives abundantly wealthy beyond the limitations of their minds, and if I don't serve that interest, I can be cast aside like garbage, no matter what I have or want to offer. You want to support a world like that? Be my guest.

    2. ahorseback profile image81
      ahorsebackposted 6 years ago

      Ya , hey lets all get on a bus an go inhabit a public park , and leave our waste , filth  and defications all over the city. Professional protesters demanding student loans be forgiven ,please!.......

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        lol
        I think that's what they mean by OCCUPY.  Take over.  And the heck with common sense and peaceful protest.

      2. tirelesstraveler profile image82
        tirelesstravelerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh please come to California where illegals get free tuition and citizens pay 32 % more now than 4 years ago. Were illegals get free passes on having drivers licenses and American citizens without licenses go to jail and have their cars impounded. Oh maybe you had better wait until January when those laws take effect.

    3. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      Gott love these new age Christians, who side with the money-changers.

      It's a sight to behold.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        roll
        You do like to put labels on everything and everyone, don't you?

        It isn't that I'm FOR "Wall Street" or against it.  It's that I'm against the rioters because they're not simply using their rights as citizens, they're abusing them (notice even their "name" is aggressive, not civil) and  most of them (it seems to me) are simply carrying out Obama's socialist agenda.

        1. lovemychris profile image59
          lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yes I do!
          Let's try some more:

          False Prophets

          Rendering onto Ceasar what is God's

          Whitened Sepulchers---my fav!

          oooo,no this is my fav: Ye Brood of Vipers!

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I just love the goddunnit and Obama dunnit. lol

            Obama.... is he Brenda's anti-christ?

            1. lovemychris profile image59
              lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              worse....he's a Democrat. Oh, and he went to Hahvahd..the pointy-head!

              1. MelissaBarrett profile image62
                MelissaBarrettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                LMAO... At least the Antichrist follows the bible...Obama and damn liberal Christianity.

                1. lovemychris profile image59
                  lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Take from the rich to give to the poor? Burn in Hell!!!

                  1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                    Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself lol

                  2. StripedCrunchy profile image60
                    StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    The operative word in your scree is "TAKE" lovemy. Jesus never advocated thievery, stealing or "taking" from anyone, for any purpose. In fact, there is a specific Commandment against it.

                    And isn't there an old adage about "giving" a man a fish, vs. teaching him how to fish?

                    The kind of giving you're implying always leads to dependency, OF the person on the receiving end, TO the person on the giving end. If you happen to be the "benevolent" person who is giving the poor money, which you previously stole from the rich, that puts you in a position of great power.

                    Which is the real thrust behind the whole arrangement; Power to the Elitist Few, who "help" the poor by keeping them dependent & poor, ignorant of their potential and voting democrat. No Business, Corporation, or Rich 1 Percenter has the legal authority to FORCE me to give them one thin dime. But the Government does.

                    Of those two groups, which one has the better track record of Ethics, Customer Service, or Quality of Product?

                    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                      Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      Maybe the rich, should not be allowed to take from the poor? This, is what has been happening, not the other way around.

                    2. lovemychris profile image59
                      lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      Bullarkey. The rich have been TAKING from us for decades.
                      Over-pricing, cheapening products, shoddy services, huge fee's, fines,taking tax monies and using them for bonuses, high-priced living, and out-sourcing American Jobs.

                      And Jesus may not have admonished taking, but he SURE admonished giving! In fact, he said the poor woman who gave a penny had more favor in God's eyes than the rich person giving a thousand....cause she gave all she had, while the rich man gave a smidgen of his excess.

                      The poor are still giving all they have. just to live, and not even that. Being in debt is not living, it's surviving. And WHO are we in debt to? The rich!

                      We deserve better....we all deserve better.

                      And these beautiful young people KNOW it! They actually realize what Jesus was saying, while the political religios just spout words.

                      It truly is a revolution...a revolution of the soul.

                    3. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                      Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      The operative word in your scree is "TAKE" lovemy. Jesus never advocated thievery, stealing or "taking" from anyone, for any purpose. In fact, there is a specific Commandment against it.

                      I'm not big on the bible, but didn't he also throw a whole bunch of money lenders out? Still, no comparison with OWC, eh?

                    4. silver lining 5 profile image59
                      silver lining 5posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                      Ok, so our idea of giving leads to dependency but the stealing of our taxes by the 1% to enrich themselves and to gain power over the masses, can in no way be tied into the word "dependency," even in the far reaches and darkened air conditioned corners of your stagnant, web and dust infested logical brain?  You have the unbelievable audacity to make your statement in the face of a bankrupt economy with millions of  victims suffering at the hands of these theives.  You are unbelievably and incredibly brainwashed!!

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              Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              No.  I've said this even before he got into Office.  He's not the AntiChrist.  No one is.  But the spirit of AntiChrist (of which the Bible foretold, and said there were many even in those days) did get him elected.

    4. ahorseback profile image81
      ahorsebackposted 6 years ago

      Oh please ! Idiots of entitlements seeking "More" for me , gimme a sign!

    5. profile image0
      Emile Rposted 6 years ago

      I'm ready willing and able, but so far finding it something like hunting snipe. I missed the initial rally where they decided on demands, accidentally went to a bizarre meet up with a chinaman; saw on the web site they were calling for a rally in front of the federal reserve but there was no one there, there was supposed to be a rally in front of a congressman's house. No one there, again. Went to the park where they were supposed to meet at noon; only to find that they'd changed the time to four.

      Long story ending, they claim they are going to begin the occupation today at four. If they follow through, I'll see them tomorrow. I'm glad I didn't download a poster and have it printed yet. I'm not sure anymore that a resistance exists. This might be some internet hoax like The War of the World's was for radio.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I wouldn't put it past the propoganda pushers to do something like that.

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          Emile Rposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I was joking about The War of the Worlds. This thing is real Brenda. It will get more organized in the smaller cities. I wouldn't fear it. The tie that binds the 99% doesn't include all of the Wall Street occupiers' demands.

          If we can simply push corporations out of our country's decision making process we will all be better off. If the will of the people matches your goals, they will happen. If you don't get what you want, you can at least take comfort in the fact that the government is acting in line with what the majority wants; not what corporate interests are making them do.

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            Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Their agenda is focused on money, period.  Is that not so?
            I don't trust that.  It's based on money, not on values.

            1. lovemychris profile image59
              lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              No,you're wrong. They are trying to return to the values before money took over!

              It was here when I was a kid.

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                Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                What would that be?
                Woodstockian "freedom"?

                1. lovemychris profile image59
                  lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  People over profits.
                  Humanity over hubris.
                  Love of your fellow man.


                  Amazing video of Madrid, where several hundred thousand people showed up http://youtu.be/SjUIEAZr4Yo #ows
                     
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                  The crowd at #occupylondon http://yfrog.com/oc6ykpj #ows
                   
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                  Awesome shot Times Square, occupied http://twitpic.com/70uhou #ows

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                  Occupy the world. HUGE crowd in Berlin. http://yfrog.com/h64hlwnj (via @nytimes) #ows #occupywallstreet

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                  @thinkprogress: big crowd on the march at #occupypittsburgh http://yfrog.com/nuridkoj #occupywallstreet #ows
                   
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                  #occupywallstreet takes over Times Square http://yfrog.com/oc99alj #ows (via @RebuildDream)
                   
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                  Big rally for jobs at the MLK Jr. memorial in DC http://yfrog.com/khsn9mij #occupywallstreet #ows

              2. tirelesstraveler profile image82
                tirelesstravelerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Can't return to values before money took over. Our country doesn't believe in those values. The whole work hard and take care of your neighbor idea doesn't fly these days. Even the rich from the past were philanthropists.  Carnegie built libraries all over the US. Even in tiny towns in California. Ford paid his people enough so they could buy the cars they were making. Hewlett and Packard BBQ ed for their employees gave wedding and baby presents well into the mid 1990's.  Bill Gates didn't start his foundation until brow- beaten and does he even do anything in the US?

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              Emile Rposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Brenda, what values are associated with the Tea Party? Zilch. Nada. When I look at their agenda, I see greed. I see selfishness. I see fear.

              When I look at the core of the Occupy Together movement, I see concern for the will of the people. I see individuals tired of not having a voice in their own government. I see people wanting to retake our government from Wall Street thugs. I see values.

              1. tirelesstraveler profile image82
                tirelesstravelerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Went to the First Tea Party in San Francisco.  Values of the Tea Party 1)less government. People are smart and can use their money better than government does. The name Tea Party was a play on words. (T)axed (E)nough (A)lready.  Like the original tea party the colonists went back after they dumped the teas and cleaned up after themselves. The difference between Occupy--- and a TEA Party is you don't even know it has happened when it's over. 2)No mess, no cost to your the tax payer.

    6. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      BREAKING: Cops Lock #Occupy Protesters Inside Citibank, Arrest 23 #OccupyWallStreet http://j.mp/nMWgsR
         
      Check out Occupy live streams from all over the world: http://mmflint.me/rcmX74

    7. Moderndayslave profile image59
      Moderndayslaveposted 6 years ago

      If you can't make a protest,Starve the Beast. Protest with your money,they can't live for long without it.

      1. lovemychris profile image59
        lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        MM said that too--take your $$ out of big banks.
        Put it in Credit Unions, or local ones.
        We have Cape Cod Five, for example.
        And Mechanics and Farmers Bank is another one.

        Let those crooks see how it feels to be destitute for a change!

        1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
          Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I have already arranged to move my money on Tuesday.

    8. Mighty Mom profile image86
      Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

      Here's a list of Occupy locations, websites and events.
      Pretty widespread for a hoax!
      LOVE the international solidarity, too.
      This is NOT just a US problem.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/0 … etail=hide

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        It's a global problem. I love the way this thing has transcended borders too. big_smile

    9. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      It's beautiful! Really beautiful.

    10. Mighty Mom profile image86
      Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

      Time for a little levity.
      Saw this on Bill Maher today and thought it was a riot.
      Oops. No pun intended.

      http://www.democraticunderground.com/di … 385x625103

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Hilarious. Loved it.

      2. StripedCrunchy profile image60
        StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That WAS funny. "I just took a dump on your 401(K)" RIOT!

        Thanks for that, MM. I wouldn't have seen it had you not posted it.

    11. The Suburban Poet profile image78
      The Suburban Poetposted 6 years ago

      FICA is a forced investment program. Would you like to see the rich pay 7.65% on all earnings and then what? Do they get the relative return when they retire on the millions they would pay in? Or should they just pay it and have capped returns when they retire?

      FICA is not the same as federal income taxes.

      1. lovemychris profile image59
        lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I would like to see them pay FICA on all their money--just like the rest of us do.
        And I would like them to end the loop-holes and welfare that they get too. Tax expenditures....in the billions.

        And make them pay on investments the same as we do on labor.

        You can only pay income tax if you have an income! Just what do you think it costs to live in this country in 2011
        What would you like from low-income workers? Blood? Tell the employers to pay more, then we would have income TO tax.

        1. The Suburban Poet profile image78
          The Suburban Poetposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          So if they pay FICA on all their income then do they get the return when they retire? Meaning if you and I averaged paying in say $5,000 per year and this translates to $2,000 per month back to us when we reitre would you then pay a rich person $30,600 per month assuming they paid in $76,500 per year (7.65% of $1 million)?

    12. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      "Amazing aerial shot of JUST 1 BLOCK of Times Sq! I can't count ppl. 10K? 20K? Livestream OWS says 60K. It's a lot."

      Hmmmm, maybe it's the distance, but for the life of me, I can't see everybody having sex, crapping in the streets and doing drugs!

      Is it....could it....is it POSSIBLE that people are LYING about OWS for a reason?

      Right-Wingers lie? The ones who said tax cuts create jobs? NAAAAAHHHHHH.

      1. StripedCrunchy profile image60
        StripedCrunchyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Lovemy? Bush cut taxes, and Unemployment was 4% Then, in 2006, the Democrats took majorities in both Houses, and Unemployment started climbing. Cutting taxes DOES create jobs.

        Because I KNOW you're psychologically incapable of believing a word a Conservative might say, allow me to quote Democrat President John F. Kennedy:

        "The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive."

        "A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues."

        1. Moderndayslave profile image59
          Moderndayslaveposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I think Bush's low unemployment rate was more because of the bubble fueled housing market.That's why "Housing Starts" are so important to our employment picture.This is also sheer stupidity because how many housing units can they build before there are excess reserves.During the late 90's and early 2000's  all of the larger home purchases and all of the remodeling going on there were a ton of construction workers employed along with all of the related services. All of this was fueled by the housing bubble.Homes were miraculously all of a sudden worth more because they were giving squirrels,dogs,cats and homeless people home loans. Remember all of those Refinance commercials and people bidding up the price of a home? Phantom equity along with someone on every street corner willing to lend you cash. Trickle down doesn't work and "It's not a lie if you believe it"  George Costanza

    13. LuisEGonzalez profile image89
      LuisEGonzalezposted 6 years ago

      Well, it's growing, people are finally waking up
      http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/15/2 … miami.html

      cool

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Indeed they are smile

      2. lovemychris profile image59
        lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        “The cops were very cooperative,” Christopher Morello, 17, said, “and we’re cooperative too. We’re following the law. We’re not doing anything here to rebel or cause harm.”

        Oh right! The kid probly just put his clothes back on from the naked orgie and bong-share!

        You don't fool us kid! You are there to have sex and do drugs. After all, that's all he's good for...eh crunchy?

        But you know--he'll be paying your ss in a few, so I'd ixnay on the amscray if I were you wink

    14. LuisEGonzalez profile image89
      LuisEGonzalezposted 6 years ago

      We actually had about 400 people signed up and expected maybe 500. Very surprised when about 1000 showed up. There were those that were truly pissed off and even some who became emotional. Overall it was a good day.....cool
      It will be bigger next time!!!!!!!!!!big_smile

    15. The Suburban Poet profile image78
      The Suburban Poetposted 6 years ago

      C'mon man... are you kidding? Sure they may have done nice things but what era gave us the robber barons? Why were unions formed? Which era crashed the stock market? Which era required the enactment of the security exchange act of 1933? What about Kennedy and bootlegging and insider trading? Why try to act like greed was invented in your lifetime? There have always been greedy rich people. It's like people who say the Republicans repealed the Glass-Steagall Act (I support the reinstatement of this by the way) and conveniently ignore the fact that Clinton signed it and Robert Rubin vigorously pushed for that signature.

      1. lovemychris profile image59
        lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I know! Like tea-party blaming Obama for TARP, when it was Bush/Paulson!

        1. The Suburban Poet profile image78
          The Suburban Poetposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yes... the BA started the bailouts. The federal government has been infiltrated by the geniuses of Wall Street: Rubin, Summers, Paulson, Geithner.... they are all the same.... Bush and Obama are just lapdogs.

          It is true: To big to fail means too big. Where are the anti-trust rules? Where are the auditors?

      2. tirelesstraveler profile image82
        tirelesstravelerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Are you saying that human nature is basically greedy and selfish. That seems to cross socioeconomic lines. I completely agree with you there.

    16. Mark Ewbie profile image87
      Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

      For the first time in my life the old political arguments seem so out of date, out of touch.  It's a great feeling.

      We are ALL the 99% - left, right or don't know.  It is such a simple thing.

      We are ALL being ripped off, lied to, cheated and misled.

      That's it - easy to understand.

      I am doing my bit in one or two ways, my protest days are largely behind me - but OWS has my 100% support.

      A new politics, an American Spring, a Global Spring.

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        WTG Mark big_smile

      2. LuisEGonzalez profile image89
        LuisEGonzalezposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Way To Go......The government has to once and for all work for the little people instead of for big corporations and banks. The little guys put them in office and it's about time that they remember that!!!.......cool
        BTW: I am a Republican, I am employed with a great salary & stability, but that will not stop me from supporting what is right!!!!!!!   mad

    17. theirishobserver. profile image60
      theirishobserver.posted 6 years ago

      I am occupying (my bed) and I will not be moved smile

    18. GoGreenTips profile image61
      GoGreenTipsposted 6 years ago

      These people were the ones left out, (OWS) the corporations got bailed out, car companies, banks and insurance companies. Our government basically put the money presses into overdrive. Then put the spin doctors to work. The spin doctors portrayed this money, these billions spent as a way to help the common man,the poor, the displaced, the 99%. Like the wars we fight, that we spend trillions on. the never ending wars, another is in the works,Iran. The wars we die while fighting to preserve peace. After all these wars, have we ever achieved peace? That is because it is a lie!

      These people woke up...and if they s*** in the park...well maybe its better than getting s*** on.

      More power to them!

    19. The Suburban Poet profile image78
      The Suburban Poetposted 6 years ago

      It seems that Conservatism has become synonymous with greed. The term free market has almost become a religion by those who preach against "Big Government." But has the mantra of small government in reality become a code word for big business? I believe there are powerful "corporatists" who have taken over our government and use arguments against socialism as a red herring while stealthily ensuring minimal regulation of Wall Street.

      Interestingly, it appears Democrats have also been complicit in the deregulation of Wall Street. The collapse of our economy has been predominantly laid at the feet of the Bush Administration. There has been much analysis and discussion about sub-prime mortgages, financial derivatives and other esoteric financial instruments. I've spent some time researching these things but like most Americans, I find they are difficult to understand.

      If you read enough, though, you find one thing that occurred back in the 90's that may have been the root of our economic problems today: the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act ("GSA"). Simply put, the GSA, enacted back in 1933, ensured the separation of commercial banking, insurance and securities investment. In short, it was a law in response to the collapse of the stock market and was intended to maintain the solvency of our banking industry.

      But in 1999, this separation of banking and securities investment (or brokerage) was eliminated by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which allowed commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms and insurance companies to consolidate (per Wikipedia). Many Democrats have blamed Republicans for this as Phil Gramm, (a former Republican Senator from Texas and a staunch conservative) whose name is on the bill, was seen as a primary driver of this legislation. But the bill was signed by Bill Clinton, whose Secretary of Treasury was Robert Rubin, who spent 26 years at Goldman-Sachs prior to his tenure with the Clinton Administration and 8 years at Citigroup after he left the government. During his time as Treasury Secretary, Rubin strongly opposed the regulation of derivatives.

      We all know the government (you and I) provided bailout money (TARP for instance) to some of the biggest names on Wall Street including the two I mentioned above (Goldman-Sachs and Citigroup). As a point of interest with respect to deregulation and the bailouts, note the names of the following men who have held high-level positions in our government: Robert Rubin (Clinton Administration, Sachs and Citigroup), Lawrence Summers (Clinton and Obama Administrations, The World Bank and high-level ties to Wall Street), Henry Paulson (Bush Administration and Goldman Sachs) and Timothy Geithner (worked under Rubin and Summers in the Clinton Administration, current Secretary of Treasury for Obama and former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York). In other words, Wall Street had its men firmly in place for almost two decades regardless of which political party resided in the White House.

      So what's this all about? It looks to me that the big money interests in our country are all about privatizing profits and socializing losses (meaning you and I pay). Corporate America has managed to impose its will on the government by minimizing regulation and ensuring bailouts due to the philosophy of "too big to fail." And in light of all this, I believe we are witnessing hypocrisy on the part of both parties. The Republicans (Conservatives) are preaching small government while simultaneously supporting a massive defense budget and earmarks, while the Democrats act like they are Socialists, yet they are stealthily supporting the takeover of our government by Wall Street.

      My primary focus on all of this is the Conservative message because I've always been a Conservative. We hear how freedom is won and preserved by a strong military. We also hear how the economy should be minimally regulated by the government. In my view, freedom as individuals is protected not just by the military, but by vigorous enforcement of our laws by the government. Yet, Conservatives only want a strong military. There is no interest in a strong SEC, which in my view, is to the economy what our military is to freedom in the world. Why would a true, philosophically grounded Conservative not want a strong SEC? It makes no sense. Not only do Conservatives appear uninterested in strong regulation (by funding the SEC to relative levels of the military), but in fact, wish to neuter our laws by repealing prudent laws (Glass-Steagall) and obstructing regulation of complex financial derivatives. In my view, there is only one reason for this: greed.

      I believe we need a strong defense. But our military is a gold-plated Cadillac with no internal braking mechanism for cost savings. Our military is the greatest machine in the history of the world, but it is extremely costly. They are chemotherapy. They kill and destroy and deter nation-states from attacking us. But how afraid are you of this actually happening? I don't consider 9/11 to be a true attack by another country. Certainly not enough to justify the amount of money spent on weaponry that are not effective against guerilla tactics and zealotry.

      I am much more afraid of my small nest-egg being destroyed than I am about being killed by our enemies, yet there appears to be no real deterrent in place for that. We all watched helplessly as our 401k's took a hit in the 90's and in the past two years. But do we have a "military" guarding our livelihood? Do we have a "military" guarding our financial freedom? No....

      What needs to be controlled is criminal activity; but even more, we need to regulate and criminalize some of the behavior that is taking place under the guise of deregulation. Promoting competition means vigorous enforcement of anti-trust laws because the spirit of competition does not exist in the business world. Controlling the market is where the trend lies. The government must ensure too much power is not vested in a single entity. In my opinion, Conservatives who try to convince you that a free market needs very little in the way of rules or enforcement are not true Conservatives.

      We need to stop being so passive and reactive and in turn, vigorously demand that our elected officials carve out a significant portion of our federal budget and earmark it for the enactment and enforcement of tough financial laws. Adam Smith wrote about the "invisible hand" of the free market. The problem with the invisible hand is that it's too Machiavellian to wait out the market adjustments. It hurts too many people. Thus, we have bailouts. Another hand, so to speak. Guess where that hand comes from? The government (you and I again). So, if the government is expected to bail out the economy, then it's only fair that the government regulate the market and vigorously enforce the rules. Then and only then can we have a true market where merit and not unfair advantage receives the fruit of our labor.

      I don't expect anyone to bail me out for my mistakes. But, I don't want to see someone bailed out who caused my life savings to be cut in half. It makes no sense except possibly one thing: we are being led by corrupt individuals who interchangeably wear the hats of Liberal or Conservative.

      "Meet the new boss; same as the old boss..."

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The above should be a hub in it's own right. smile I mean it.

        1. Mighty Mom profile image86
          Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I wholeheartedly agree.
          Hear, hear.
          Unless they are among the 1% ruling monied class protecting their own self-interests, how could anyone argue to maintain the status quo?
          roll

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
            Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Ok, I read the above post, some of it I agreed with and some of it I disagree with. But, to go through point by point is too lengthy for a thread, better a hub. IMHO, The democrats, I'm thinking Bill Clinton specifically, did he really have a choice re: Stegall-Glass, or did they have him by the short and curlys regarding MLewinski, lies etc. Was that the trade off, and was it really what Clinton wanted. I don't think so. Me thinks puppeteers at work.  See, only got so far. First paragraph I agree with completely. The rest interesting but better in a hub. smile

        2. The Suburban Poet profile image78
          The Suburban Poetposted 6 years agoin reply to this
      2. Repairguy47 profile image61
        Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ya think Glass-Steagal had something to do with it? Just a little, maybe?

    20. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      Cornell West arrested at the Supreme Court building. http://twitpic.com/71fem0

    21. lovemychris profile image59
      lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

      "Last night outside Washington Sq Park, there was a huge "NYPD, disobey your orders" chant while arrests were happening. It was amazing. #OWS"

      ahhhhh, trying to use mind-control on em! smile

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        If the UK is anything to go by LMC, it may well work. Don't get me wrong, the met can still be brutal, but, they are paying for the stench left behind by Murdoch and his filthy money. Their jobs are also under threat by our almost (really) neo-con govt. Their loyalties have become divided. By the way, the arrest are disgusting, the last couple of years we've had plenty of that. Actually though, it makes people more determined. smile

        1. lovemychris profile image59
          lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I saw an article....can't remember where!! sad May have BEEN the UK...police were taking off their uniforms, putting on street clothes, and joining the protesters.

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
            Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Usually when they do this here they're acting as agent provocateurs. But maybe. A couple of years ago at a demo, they pushed a newspaper vendor onto the floor, he wasn't an activist, just a man on his way home from work. He died as a result of his injuries sad and it was all captured on film. I do think though, they have become a little less brutal and they are beginning to realize that they're the 99% too. smile

     
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