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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, October 17, 2011

'We’re here, we’re unclear, get used to it!’

The drumbeat is getting louder -- and I don't mean the one at the Occupy encampments across the nation.

Even as the movement spreads, the cries, particularly from the right, continue: what do they want? what's their agenda?

It's not hard for me to figure out. The 99 percent are unhappy with a national government that has held banks harmless for catastrophic mistakes. They are tired of bought and paid for elected officials who have done nothing to clean up the banks caused.

They want a Congress that focuses on job creation. One that focuses on tax fairness rather than policies that cut taxes for the rich by raising them on the middle class and the poor.

Are our friends on the right and their so-called leaders that blind? Or that scared that someone has finally started to figure out the shell game they have been running for years?

The action steps are a little tougher and will take a little longer: get the obscene amounts of money out of politics; find politicians who serve the interests of the people and not their campaign financiers; and get those elected officials to put the people above political parties.

Do those of us on the left have vision while the rest of the world wears bifocals?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they really represented 99% wouldn't the rallies be better attended?

October 17, 2011 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Movements have always been started by an activist minority. It takes more than a few weeks for the majority to become involved, and likely the majority never becomes active. Support is not always visible and vocal.

October 17, 2011 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or movements fizzle. When the idealistic students stand with the union workers and shout for change but then realize the overpaid union workers are part of the hierarchy it will fizzle. They want their student loans forgiven, but they can't do that or their ivory tower professors wouldn't get paid, oh wait we have to pay to perpetuate the university system.

October 17, 2011 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I assume you're supporting Alan Khazei who agreed not to take PAC money over Elizabeth Warren?

October 17, 2011 11:54 AM  

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