Entries Tagged as 'Occupy Wall Street'

Wall Street Ties Won’t Sink Romney

December 21st, 2011 at 12:38 am 15 Comments

Some on the right are concerned that Obama would slam Romney as a denizen of Wall Street and that Romney’s wealth would prove a hindrance in the general election. While some worries about Romney’s business background are more the product of sympathy for other candidates than anything else, there is an element of real anxiety to them, and they are not completely baseless.

However, there are numerous reasons not to overestimate the potential effectiveness of White House attacks on Romney over Wall Street connections.

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Die-Hard Occupiers Stay for the Meetings

November 21st, 2011 at 2:16 am 16 Comments

I had made plans to go to New York to see the “Occupy” encampment at Zuccotti Park before the NYPD broke it up on November 15th. This didn’t stop me from stopping by on Saturday November 19th; I was curious to see how the movement would adapt to not being allowed to have tents in the park.

The early verdict: the park may no longer be packed but some diehards still want to hold meetings in the cold.

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Sanitation Returns to Zuccotti

November 15th, 2011 at 2:57 pm 58 Comments

Anarchy is not good for anyone. One of the joys of the “Occupy Wherever” movement is the swift return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings to wreak divine wrath on its most clueless transgressors.

The wrath includes the return of tuberculosis-the scourge of the 19th century; scrofula from the middle ages, and violence and mayhem from virtually anytime when order is not kept and men believed it their right to have other people’s stuff.

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The Top 5% vs. The Next 25%

November 14th, 2011 at 1:34 am 42 Comments

Is there a relationship between inequality and mobility? Occupy Wall Street argues that there is one, which is why their message that they are the “99%” carries a dual meaning. They argue that disproportionate wealth is held by the top 1% and that there is no mobility into their ranks. But are these two ideas actually related?

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Res Judicata: “Occupy” Marchers’ Demands are an Unconstitutional Wish-List

November 1st, 2011 at 10:15 am 38 Comments

I’m not in agreement with Glenn Beck, ed who believes Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is being orchestrated by George Soros to foment a revolution, sick but its proposed agenda (www.the99%declaration.com) is very left wing and largely unconstitutional.

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GOP Should Champion Markets, Not the Rich

October 31st, 2011 at 12:43 am 53 Comments

David Frum recently asked: “Who Burned the GOP Brand?” In that blog post, he lamented that voters overwhelmingly believe that Republicans in Congress favor the rich.

Well, I think the divide between sane conservatives and the Tea Party is that the former want the GOP to be the party of free markets and the latter want it to be the party of the rich.

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If Corporations Can be Taxed, They Can Lobby

October 27th, 2011 at 2:20 pm 120 Comments

As long as the private sector is subject to government regulation, see it will be involved in the political process. It is its constitutional right.

The Occupy Wall Street protestors disagree. Hoisting signs with slogans such as, viagra sale “I’ll believe a corporation is a person when Georgia executes one, click ” protesters rail against the right of corporations to promote their views in the marketplace of ideas. This begs the question: is the problem that corporations have too much influence in politics, or that politicians and politics have too much influence on corporations?

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Where Are the Anti-Semites at Occupy Wall Street?

October 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm 84 Comments

Back in late 2009, pilule when many still believed that Sarah Palin was the future of American politics, left-wing filmmakers Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll took their camera to a Borders book store in Columbus, Ohio, where the former Alaska governor was signing copies of her book Going Rogue. Whiteside and Stoll went up and down the line-up of Palin fans, conducting brief interviews, and then uploaded edited snippets to YouTube.

Surprise, surprise: The interviewees all sounded like idiots.

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We Can’t Bail Out College Students

October 24th, 2011 at 1:10 pm 112 Comments

The ‘Occupy’ movement protesters all over the country are angry above all else. Their demands remain unclear, but calls for total (or partial) forgiveness of student loans seem to be a constant among those waiving angry signs. As most Occupy prostesters are either students or recent college graduates, this demand isn’t surprising.

Whatever its merits (and I’d argue that the merits are slight) it’s interesting to look at the demand for what it is: a request for more corporate welfare.

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Alec Baldwin is not Worthless

David Frum October 21st, 2011 at 8:12 am 121 Comments

Alec Baldwin visited Zuccotti Park last night and got drawn into an exchange with some of the wilder and woolier protesters. NY Mag describes one exchange which was caught on video:
It’s pretty clear that Baldwin, a liberal Dem, wanted to like what was going on there more than what he actually saw. He’s been tweeting a lot about it ever since: The visit seems to have brought out a little bit of his inner Jack Donaghy (“Arbitrary, or even considered, attempts at defining ‘acceptable’ levels of income disparity may lead 2 Chinese style socialism. U want that?“) or maybe it’s the criticism protesters have lobbed his wayfor his gig doing TV commercials for Capital One. Below, watch Baldwin defend capitalism (though not the SEC), clarify emphatically that he will not endorse Ron Paul, and refer to his walking-talking tour of Zuccotti Park as being a little like a Woody Allen movie.

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