Have you been paying attention to the way that liberal commentators and politicians are praising and giving validity to the Occupy Wall Street protestors? These are the same people who described Tea Party members as being undemocratic, obstructionists, and terrorists. For example, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting, said of the Tea Party: “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Vice-President said something similar: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Joe Nocera of the New York Times expressed his journalistic “objectivity” with these comments about the Tea Party:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.
It didn’t stop with these guys. Rep. André Carson, an elected official from Indiana’s 7th District, believes that people who are involved in calling this present civil government (both Democrats and Republicans) to account are similar to Islamic terrorists. Here’s an exchange between Washington Times reporter Kerry Pickett and Carson:
KERRY PICKET: Do you think the people outside are generally dangerous or no?
REP. CARSON: Oh absolutely. I worked in homeland security. I’m from intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security…. I mean terrorism has an Islamic face, but it really comes from racial supremacist groups. . . . It’s the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record [for].
PICKET: From groups like this?
REP. CARSON: Oh absolutely.
Let’s not forget that Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., the famed union boss, who said of the Tea Party, ““Let's take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” When asked to apologize, he said, “We didn't start this war — the right wing did,” he said in a written statement. He didn’t say how his union people would finish it.
The unions may have found their guys. While Hoffa and his fellow liberals denounced the constitutional actions of the Tea Party, they have no problem getting behind the Wall Street crazies. Consider these laudatory comments:
In New York City, several unions endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to join the protesters’ street theater on Wednesday, labor leaders said.
“It's really simple. These young people on Wall Street are giving voice to many of the problems that working people in America have been confronting over the last several years,” said Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has 20,000 members in the New York area.
“These young people are speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have profited on the backs of hard-working people,” Hanley added in a statement. “While we battle it out day after day, month after month, the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street sit by — untouched — and lecture us on the level of our sacrifice.”
What? It’s OK to protest against millionaires and billionaires who actually create jobs, but it’s not OK to call politicians to account for their laws and regulations that impact every area of our lives. Politicians take money from us. Politicians put up obstacles that make it difficult for busy owners to operate.
There is no doubt that banks and bankers have benefitted from government perks. Going to Wall Street won’t solve the problem. Congress is where the action is. Durbin, Frank, and Schumer have to go. And if we can't get rid of these guys, then we need to dilute their strength by throwing out more of the lesser known bums.
Congress has been making sweetheart deals with the banks through the Federal Reserve for decades. Here's something we can all agree with: "No more zero percent money from the Fed to banks." It’s hard, however, to blame bankers when the government is giving away free money. The gravy train must stop. That means changing Congress to get people in who will audit the Fed, get our nation on a sound money basis, and stop subsidizing failing companies and failing policies.