Ugh – I’m going to be wordy. Bear with me. Therapeutic blog postings are my favorite as previously seen here, here, and here. Alternatively, you can skip to the last few paragraphs (See: green font) if you’d rather not bore yourself with a bunch of text.
I flipped on the TV earlier today to a reporter asking, “Is the Occupy Wall Street movement the left’s equivalent of the Tea Party?” Infuriated by this analogy, I turned off the TV and continued on with my day…until now.
As is well documented, the ‘Tea Party’ movement is a complete and utter joke financed by some of America’s largest corporations and richest people.
I repeat, the ‘Tea Party’ – in its entirety – is a farce. Since 2009, Tea Party bankrollers have staged anti-government (a.k.a. pro-big business) rallies with hopes that uneducated, impressionable, lonely, meek and eager, etc Americans would find a calling. A calling to push back against an intrusive government that is stripping societal freedoms and overtaxing its citizens.
Name any federal tax increase you’ve realized or any right the government has taken away since 2009. You can’t. Nor, can any given ‘Tea Party’ member. So, why is there a need for a ‘grassroots’ anti-government movement? Because corporations (no, Mitt – they’re not people) are concerned about the bottom line and they need votes.
What was the end result of the ‘Tea Party’ being born after the 2008 presidential race? Distraction from the nation’s most pressing issues as the aforementioned sheep collectively voted in some of the most bizarre candidates that have ever run for political office. To do what? For one, destroy public unions.
Whoa, union busting? How do public unions have anything to do with government interfering in our lives? They obviously don’t. But, for example, if you can decrease, freeze, or eliminate a teacher’s pay, this will ultimately result in less taxes. Since the middle class hasn’t seen a significant tax increase in decades, who would benefit from less taxes? You guessed right – the ultra rich. The 1%. The Tea Party bankrollers. The same group that will finally see their debt piling tax cuts expire in 2011.
In the name of efficiency, American workers are being asked to achieve the unachievable while being paid less in an attempt to improve the bottom line. Who does an increased bottom line benefit? You guessed right – the ultra rich. The 1%. The Tea Party bankrollers.
If you’re fortunate enough to secure employment, the workload that exists from producing significantly more with significantly less has devastating consequences. No longer can somebody graduate from school, get a job, and stay employed for 40 years (or 5 years for that matter) until they retire as a member of the middle class. From speaking to those with much more professional experience than I have, it’s clear today’s insane workplace hasn’t always been the norm. Moreover, what I’ve experienced firsthand over the last few years is the definition of wage slavery. Thus, a movement like ‘Occupy Wall Street’ was born.
It is despicable for a member of the media to compare the ‘Tea Party movement’ to ‘Occupy Wall Street’ especially since confronting corporate wrongdoings shouldn’t be a political issue. The following are some initiatives laid out by ‘Occupy Wall Street’ members…
- Wall Street and corporate America must invest in America: Big corporations should invest some of the $2 trillion in cash they have on hand, and use it to create good jobs. And the banks themselves should be making credit more accessible to small businesses, instead of parking almost $1 trillion at the Federal Reserve.
- Stop foreclosures: Banks should write down the 14 million mortgages that are underwater and stop the more than 10 million pending foreclosures to stop the downward spiral of our housing markets and inject more than $70 billion into our economy.
- Fund education and jobs by taxing financial speculation: A tax on financial transactions could raise hundreds of billions in revenue that could fund education and create jobs rebuilding our country. And it would discourage speculation and encourage long term investment.
Who feels threatened by these anti-big business initiatives? You guessed right – the ultra rich. The 1%. The Tea Party bankrollers.
So, yes, I’m proposing Tea Party bankrollers understood there would eventually be a movement like ‘Occupy Wall Street.’
And, in an attempt to delegitimize this anticipated uprising, these masterminds created a nonsensical movement called the ‘Tea Party’ in hopes the general public, mainstream media, politicians, etc would discredit extremism on both sides of the political spectrum and thus squash a rightful uprising by America’s 99%.
I fully expect manufactured ‘Occupy Wall Street’ violence within the next coming days/weeks/months that will cast a shadow on the worthwhile movement. It’s a shame to think – even after surviving 2000-2008 – how rapidly our country continues to deteriorate.
Update 1: On October 5th – above – I mentioned manufactured violence would make its way into the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement. Here’s an October 21st O’Reilly Factor (of course) segment evoking such ‘violence.’
Update 2: Here’s an October 25th incident of violence manufactured by the Oakland Police Department against an Iraq war veteran for christ’s sake.
Update 3: Here’s Michael Moore suggesting in Denver that there are undercover occupy protesters working for the government. The AP report from November 4th can be read here.