To butcher a quote I think most readers know, "Once is a happening; twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action". This isn't a "happening", it's an attack.
When I first wrote about this, I had some leads that I passed along. It's not easy to grab a quick quote, but let's try these:
The really delightful irony is that these low-brow communists, paid for by ACORN, SEIU, George Soros and his many foundations, complain about the TEA party, yet are complaining about exactly the same things!I'm a self-funded guy who doesn't have a research staff or the assets of a news network, and I'm not a "real journalist" - but I can find networks who do the research. The Blaze has the story, today, about how the left has organized this whole thing. No surprise, it involves "SEIU/ACORN Front – The Working Family Party, and How They All Tie to the Obama Administration, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America, Tides (Foundation) and George Soros"
How much more "in bed" with business can an administration be? I thought W was bad, but the revolving door between Goldman Sachs and the Fed.gov has been going on for a long time. I figure if Goldman donates a million dollars to the president's campaign, the might expect something in return, but the improper relations with all sorts of companies really seems to be at an all time high. I wonder if these protesting clowns will realize that the banksters they're protesting are paying for them to be there? Qui bono?
Last March 22nd, video was leaked that showed SEIU VP Steven Lerner advocating economic terrorism - an attack on J.P. Morgan-Chase:
So, a bunch of us around the country are thinking about who would be a really good company to hate? We decided that would be JP Morgan Chase. …. And so we’re going to roll out over the next couple of months what will hopefully be an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about challenge the power of Wall Street. And so what we’re looking at is in the first week of May, we get enough people together – we’re starting now – to really have a week of action in New York with the goal of … I don’t want to go into any details because I don’t know which police agents are in the room, but the goal would be that we would roll out in New York the first week in May—(obviously they were delayed about four months). In the intervening months, video has surfaced of Lerner advocating that they "create a crisis" to bring down the economic system of the US. There's no better example than the ancient Frances Fox Piven, co-inventor of the "Cloward-Piven collapse the system" strategy of the 1960s, urging students at "CUNY To Get Involved and Be Ready For Violent Street Battles & Breaking Down Capitalism". Glenn Beck sees OWS as preparation for a "long, hot summer" like we had in '60s; a summer of riots, cities burning - essentially a civil war. As someone who claimed to be inspired by the awful Watts riots of 1965, it seems Piven would like to recreate them.
I don't think the typical protesters out on the street even know what socialism is, let alone that they're being used as "useful idiots" by 1960s-era radicals who want to destroy the world they know. All they know is that they're going through tough times and are mad at someone. Canada Free Press has the headline that sums it up best, with "Unemployed Imbeciles Gather to Protest". I don't see how anyone who has the slightest knowledge of what life is like in socialist countries could want to go there. Go read Babalu. So far this year, the wonderful Castro regime has only killed a little over 2000 political prisoners, just a few every day. By proportion to population that would be equivalent to executing about 40,000 in the US.
Look: I know times are tough, that the real national unemployment rate is closer to 20% than the 9.1% the meida claims - and it's higher than that in places. I know that when times are tough, and people are starving, they'll follow someone like Mao to get a bowl of rice. Mao might kill you, but you might starve anyway. As a society, we're supposed to have safety net systems in place, but they've been abused by people who don't really need them for so long that they're not available for people who do.
I'd be as happy as anyone to see the bankers who did illegal things arrested, but the whole kill the bankers idea is wrong. This depression is not just due to the banks, it took a lot of work from the federal government to crash the economy, too. Who blew the housing bubble? Largely, the Federal Reserve (who has a history of blowing bubbles). Who insisted that the banks loan to people who can't pay back? The US Congress, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Who created this whole mess? Both political parties, from Jimmy Carter in the 1970s (Community Reinvestment Act) to George W. Bush using the CRA to make good-sounding economic statistics. But people don't like complex situations that require thought. They want simple answers, like "eat the wealthy".
Robert Kiyosaki's latest solo book is called "Unfair Advantage", which I think I'm going to pick up. The title refers to the advantage in the world someone with a knowledge of real economics and real business has over those without that knowledge. It's clear they're not teaching these things to the protesters.
Junior Deputy Accountant, who has several of these) Her misunderstanding is that knowledge is free. It's using someone else's time and expertise to help you learn that costs money. No person has the right to someone else's knowledge, training and expertise, which is the essence of their being. As someone who earned their B.S. going to night school so that my employers' tuition assistance funded almost all of my college, blaming someone else for not providing it doesn't really hit home with me.