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Occupiers Have a Point…

Though their medium obscures the message.

by
Howard Nemerov

Bio

November 18, 2011 - 6:42 am

If you can look beyond the head lice, sexual assaults, and anti-social behavior, you’ll find some truth to Occupiers’ complaint about the 1%. Here’s a case in point:

“General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn’t pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked.”

Remember that GE’s CEO is also Obama’s jobs czar Jeff Immelt, whose company has been sending jobs overseas. (See my article explaining the unholy alliance between Corpirates and Prostiticians, which are also defined there.)

Since 1990, GE has contributed over $20M to federal candidates. This includes $3.5M in 2008, where Obama was the top recipient ($530k). In 2008, business contributions topped $1.7B to all federal candidates, with $272M going to Obama. (All data available at Open Secrets.)

Yes, there are differences between the Tea Party and Occupiers. Little things like paying for permits and policing costs, no public potty behavior, and wanting smaller government so that we can succeed in business, as opposed to demanding wealth from those who earned it.

But under the current unholy alliance, many of the haves game the system to tilt the playing field in their favor, and buying political influence plays an important part. Part of this tilt results in slamming the door in the face of those who simply want the same opportunity to be upwardly mobile.

That’s un-American.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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