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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What are they fighting for?

People say they not one is sure what the Occupy movement is all about. Organizers should send a bouquet of something to Congressional Republicans in thanks for helping to define the protest.

That's because one the same day Myth Romney and his GOP rivals debated solutions to our economic problems, the GOP gang in the Senate scuttled the $447 billion bill proposed by Barack Obama to try and jump start the economy and get people back to work.

So what have they offered as an alternative? Zero. Nada. Zilch. Unless you count fealty to the tax burden of "job creators" who have created nothing.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor piously intoned that the Party of No hoped:
“the president will drop his all-or-nothing approach and begin to work with us on areas of commonality,” including initiatives that could promote hiring and economic growth “We are willing to take up the things we can agree on."
What exactly are those initiatives Mr. Leader? Why after nine months of control over the House have we seen nothing from the GOP except for the all-or-nothing Paul Ryan budget that would slash trillions and gut Medicare?

That gridlock -- and the hypocrisy of a legislative blocking strategy instead of one that puts people back to work -- is what is motivates many of the people who have set up tents on Wall Street and Dewey Square.

The Globe's Mark Arsenault, who traded covering the halls of Congress for the tent city in Boston, heard articulate answers from the followers of the Occupy Boston encampment:

Take Joe Gallivan, who has been homeless, going from shelter to shelter, for three years and held a sign:
“I’m here because I have no place else to go.’’ said “I’m 54. I’m for hire.’’
Or Mark Hoffman, 49, a laid-off technology worker:
“I remember Reagan and Tip O’Neill sitting down and compromising."
These are the voices that have been drowned out by the Republican rush to make Barack Obama a one-term President. They are the voices drowned out by the AstroTurf Tea Party that blathers on about cutting federal expending -- except of course for keeping the government's hands off their Medicare.

Leaders of the Occupy movement have been accused of failing to produce a coherent message. They should listen to their own participants, who are speaking loudly and clearly

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the "Occupy Chicago" people can go and complain to a good union official like Al Naimoli of the Cement Workers Local 76, he can help them out with his ample retirement funds.

October 12, 2011 11:06 AM  

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