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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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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They Wouldn’t Occupy if They Had the Votes

October 18th, 2011 at 4:42 pm 49 Comments

If the Occupy Wall Street protestors represent ‘the 99%’ then why don’t they already dominate our government?

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, nurse the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street protests should create some concern. These are not the products of healthy politics.

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Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

David Frum October 18th, 2011 at 10:15 am 65 Comments

Anne Applebaum has just written the best column I’ve yet seen on the Occupy Wall Street protests. She makes two key points, one chastening to OWS supporters, one to skeptics.

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You Can’t Take Occupy Wall Street Seriously

October 12th, 2011 at 12:29 pm 53 Comments

At Huffington Post Canada, Daniel Alexander Portoraro explains the many problems that are preventing Occupy Wall Street from reaching a more mainstream audience:

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has finally broken out of the ivory computer towers of social media users, and spilled over into mainstream media. I say spilled over, because with the way things are currently going, there is no tsunami yet. The dam has not been broken, as the protesters would have hoped. There are several good reasons for this.

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The Tea Party of the Left? Sort Of.

October 10th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 63 Comments

More than a few commentators and reporters have tried to brand the Occupy Movement as a Tea Party of the Left. On its surface, order the analogy has some compelling aspects: both movement emphasize rage over a rational, patient forward-looking policy agenda. Both claim to speak for the “little guy” but are actually populated by people with above average levels of education and (at least in the case of the Tea Party–there are no surveys I know of that related to the Occupy Movement) income. Both are also, best as I can tell, authentic grass-roots movements without any sinister puppet-master behind them.

As opposing political forces, the two groups may well be a good pairing. But, already, some real differences are apparent. Three stand out:

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