#OCCUPYFAIL: The Sad Demise Of The Occupy Movement. Sad, hilarious, whatever.
OCCUPYFAIL: Adbusters Admits OWS Flopped.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupiers quietly fade from McPherson Square.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Police raid Occupy camp on UC Berkeley land after protesters fail to meet deadlines to leave. “University of California police raided a four-week Occupy encampment at a college-owned farm used for agriculture research early Monday, arresting nine people after protesters ignored yet another weekend deadline to leave.”
When you mess up agricultural research — as these protesters did — you’re basically starving poor people. But the Occupy folks don’t care, because the whole Occupy thing is really just intra-elite new-class warfare, in which the Occupy crowd has quite thoroughly lost.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Zombie’s latest photo essay is on the March of the Idiots at OccupyLA May Day. Fight capitalism — by buying plenty of Rubbermaid garbage cans to use as shields!
#OCCUPYFAIL: Cleveland Bomb Suspects Part Of OccupyCleveland. But “not representative,” of course. Well, it’s not like they were Tea Partiers so don’t expect this to get a lot of coverage.
UPDATE: Jim Treacher has screenshots from their Facebook pages. They look pretty representative to me . . . .
Plus, Treacher comments: “Remember, everybody: Whenever an Occupier commits a crime, he’s not really an Occupier. All Occupier crimes are completely unrelated incidents, because shut up.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: OccupySF’s failed theft of Catholic Archdiocese building: An insider’s view. “Pay special attention to the dancing girls, and the embarrassing infantile economic theories of the commune leader.”
UPDATE: Much more here.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Another Occupy Stabbing, In SF.
UPDATE: Related: OWS Thug Sought on NYC Murder Charge. Remember that this is the movement praised by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, et al. I’d like to see a video juxtaposing that praise with the various violent incidents that have marked the Occupy movement.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Protester Dumped Tub of Feces: Police.
WAR AGAINST WOMEN: Woman Raped At Occupy New Haven. #Occupyfail.
UPDATE: I suppose that this should come as no surprise considering the signals that have come from the very top of the Democratic establishment:
At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.
If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Fraternities have been closed for less.
Here’s the pic, in case you’ve forgotten. No word on whether Favreau was involved in helping accuse Republicans of running a “war against women.”
But the feminists didn’t get mad. Favreau was on their team, so he had privileges.
UPDATE: Jeff Miller writes that some feminists did complain. Not like we’ve seen lately. Not even close.
#OCCUPYFAIL: AgitProp hoax exposed. “Sorry, The Restaurant Receipt Left By That Nasty, Rich Banker Is A Photoshop Hoax.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: How ‘Occupy’ went wrong: A trashed house in Brooklyn has become a symbol of a movement that failed to capitalize on popular anger. “Their efforts have actually made the neighborhood worse — because what used to be an empty house is now a hovel of squatters and probably should be condemned.” Gosh, who could have seen that coming? Oh, well. Add it to the syllabus.
UPDATE: Reader Clifford Grout writes: “If he’d let Tea Partiers move in instead, his house would have been vacuumed, the dishes washed, and there’d be clean towels in the bathroom. Hell, there would still be a bathroom.”
MORE THOUGHTS ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE REPLICATION OF HIERARCHY:
To the Marxian idea of the “reserve army of the unemployed” is added the notion of the “reserve army of wannabee elites”. Ironically, calls by the OWS to expand tertiary education — to make it a “right” — and the Presidents stated intention to increase the percentage of college degreed students will have the effect of making the competition even more desperate; and just as those who would fight inflation by printing more money unintentionally make their plight worse, so would the preferred strategy of the current credentialed elites. But it wasn’t always like that. . . .
All elitisms run the risk of inbreeding and sterility. The real benefit of a perceived equality among citizens, as driven by the rough and tumble of economic competition, is not only that it expands the wealth pie but also continuously changes the diners at the table. That means that some at the head table may never have the proper politically correct manners, but that is the price of vitality. The problem with socialism and its near cousins is that it places the selection of winners and losers (even if called “industrial policy”) in the hands of the status quo, who quite naturally will put their friends and family first in line.
Indeed. Plus this: “Perhaps the biggest damage that the modern cult of the elite has inflicted on American culture is to turn it into some kind of Third World class culture where certain endeavors are reserved only for the right people.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Protesters Heckled Outside Super Bowl.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy support drops more than 20 points in … San Francisco? You can tell that the movement has lost popular support because the press suddenly stopped the breathless coverage. As I predicted, once it became clear the movement was hurting the Democrats, the coverage dried up.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Movement’s Intellectual Founder Won’t Say No To Wall Street Cash. Of course not. The Occupy movement, from the perspective of Democratic pols, is just a bit of pitchfork-rattling to ensure that the contributions keep coming.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Time to Shut Down Occupy DC: Infant Found Alone in Tent.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps.
#OCCUPYFAIL: “SOMEBODY’S GOING DOWN TONIGHT, BUT IT AIN’T GOING TO BE JOBS, SWEETHEART:” Chris Christie 60,000, OWS Ø. Video at link.
RELATED: “Chris Christie Uses Hecklers As His Props” Investor’s Business Daily adds. “The only problem with the scene for the Romney campaign was the lingering question: Why can’t their candidate do this?”
UPDATE: Reader W.C. Varones writes: “As a regular attendee of Rose Parades in the 70’s and 80’s, I can tell you that the crazies have always been allowed to walk along after the last float at the end of the parade. It used to be the religious cults… now it’s the irreligious cults.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Bruce Godfrey writes: “Are you sure that the octopus created by the #Occupy folk is the same as that created by Nazi propaganda? I don’t see that the connection is in fact made.” It was a common Nazi metaphor.
MORE: Reader Martin Kunert invokes Standard Oil. Yeah, but as we’ve seen from discussions of racism on the right, as long as someone, somewhere, has written a master’s thesis suggesting racist connections to your imagery, you’re guilty.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Flag Burning At Occupy Charlotte.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Little Change in Public’s Response to ‘Capitalism,’ ‘Socialism.’ 60% don’t like socialism.
According to The Bro Code, a Bro is supposed to immediately notify another Bro if there’s a chickfight. But I think even Barney Stinson would agree that this one deserves a pass.
#OCCUPYFAIL: First Day of Occupy Darien Draws Small Crowd. I’ll say. Here’s the photo caption: “Trudi Goldberg delivers a speech to Cole Stangler, Richard Duffee and Bennett Weiss at Occupy Darien.” It’s an overwhelmingly white crowd, too.
But wait, it gets worse:
More than one hour into the Occupy Darien protest Wednesday at Tilley Pond Park, there were as many police officers or more on hand than there were protesters. And once 2:30 p.m. rolled around, people began clearing out of the park.
The event’s coordinator, 61-year-old town resident Margaret Rague, is hoping for a better turnout tomorrow. And she’s agreed to pay $1,000 to bring in protesters from New York City.
“It wasn’t originally my idea,” she said, but the $1,000 will buy train tickets and a meal for the demonstrators. I will lay out more than $1,000 happily if I need to.”
She added that she offered to give up to $3,000, but fellow protesters said it would be a waste of money.
Oh, I think they’re right. Pity they don’t have the same good sense about spending other people’s money.
NOEMIE EMERY: The Tea Party Train Wreck That Never Happened. Compare to #Occupyfail.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Dems Running Away. “A planned meeting today between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Occupy Wall Street activists was scuttled late Tuesday after Roll Call inquired about it, highlighting increasing tensions between Democrats and the movement.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: WORKERS FALLING VICTIM TO THE RAGE OF AN ENTITLED CLASS. New York Cafe Impacted Negatively By OWS Goes Out Of Business. “91 jobs lost thanks to Occupy Wall Street.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: SHOWING SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKING CLASSES BY KEEPING THEM FROM EARNING A BUCK. “No longshore workers will be called in to the Port of Oakland tonight as Occupy protesters renew their efforts to blockade the docks, according to a spokesman for the International Longshore Workers Union. . . . Roughly 150 longshoremen on the morning shift were sent home with little or no pay, some because they were unable to get to work and others because trucks that haul shipping containers couldn’t reach the docks, Merrilees said. Another 50 longshore workers were able to report to their jobs.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Don Surber: Occupy Is The 1%. “For the most part they are spoiled rotten brats who took out huge loans to pay for four years of self-indulgence at some over-rated liberal arts college. Somehow, they were able to spend a few months in the fall camping out and protesting against the working class while not working themselves. They are in that upper 1% who do not have to work.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Our movement became fascist, says an Occupier. Rand Simberg comments: “You don’t say. Actually, if you understood fascism, you’d realize it started that way.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Don’t Like What People Say About You? Shut ’em down. Setting precedents here.
#OCCUPYFAIL: The Coming Rift between OWS and the Unions: Longshoremen Reject Port Blockade. “Well over a month ago, when the whole OWS thing was full of piss and vinegar, Occupy Oakland convinced all the other Occupations from San Diego up to Vancouver to stage a total blockade of all West Coast ports on December 12, bringing (it was hoped) the capitalist system to a sudden crashing halt. While the plan is still afoot, the intervening weeks changed the political landscape so much that now I’m pretty sure many of the Occupiers wish they hadn’t made such grandiose pronouncements. On the day the plans were made for the overly ambitious port blockage, OWS felt (in its delusional little bubble, at least) that it was on the upswing, that America was joining them, that the revolution had arrived. Now? Not so much.”
Wednesday morning, neighbors said they saw two Occupy Iowa protesters moving a mattress across the street and that set off a fiery exchange between neighbors and protesters.
“Them Occupy Iowa people, two of the men came over and took this TV and put it on a flatbed. They got over there and was wheeling it across the street. I told them, ‘How dare you come over here and take this 65-year-old man’s (belongings) who has been put out,'” said the neighbor.
Neighbors said the TV, other furniture and items belong to a man evicted from an apartment near Stewart Park Square where the Occupy Iowa camp is located.
Well, that’s consistent with the core #Occupy message — you’ve got it, I want it, I’ll take it!
#OCCUPYFAIL: Chris Christie heckles ‘Occupy’ protesters in Iowa.
“Here’s the way I feel about it: They represent an anger in our country that Barack Obama has caused,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd. “He’s a typical cynical Chicago… politician who runs for office and promises everything and then comes to office and disappoints, and so their anger is rooted not in me or Mitt Romney, their anger is rooted in the fact that they believed in this hope and change garbage.”
Christie called them disillusioned and said he “feels bad” for them.
“Now they are angry but they’re not mature enough to know they should be angry with themselves,” he said.
In other words: Hey, rubes!
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupiers calling for higher taxes on the 99% (they just don’t realize it). Well, if they were better at math they’d probably have jobs or something. . . .
#OCCUPYFAIL: The Canadian magazine Adbusters sparked the Occupy Wall Street movement. It also has a weakness for Israel-bashing conspiracy theories. Good thing none of that spilled over into anti-semitism at the #Occupy protests.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Woman Stabbed At Occupy Baltimore. “Police say dispute was over cat.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Advantage: James O’Keefe. “Wall Street hiring someone who despises Republicans? Oh sure, like that’ll ever happen. Next, you’ll be telling me that gambling is going on at Rick’s Cafe.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Wall Street Plays Occupy White House. “Despite his occasional remarks that decry ‘fat cat’ bankers, Obama has effectively serviced the financial bigwigs. Bank prosecutions have declined markedly under Obama — to levels not seen for more than 25 years. Obama has even tried to derail aggressive bank prosecutions pursued by state attorneys general, most of them liberal Democrats.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Hartford Tried to Keep Sexual Assault Quiet.
#OCCUPYFAIL: MAN FOUND DEAD AT OCCUPY DENTON ENCAMPMENT.
#OCCUPYFAIL: OWS Website Releases Official Goal: “Stomp out Capitalism.” Hey, Obama endorsed ’em. #Obamafail?
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy L.A.: 30 tons of debris left behind at City Hall tent city. “Sanitation officials said Wednesday that they expect to haul away 30 tons of debris from the Occupy L.A. encampment –- everything from clothing to heaps of garbage to oddball curiosities left behind by the protesters who lived at the City Hall tent city for two months.”
Remember how the Tea Party protesters left things neater than they found them? Which group is more likely to have a positive vision for America’s future?
#OCCUPYFAIL: Hey, what happened to the press coverage of the Occupy movement? “I’m guessing that the expression of the protesters — in form and substance — wasn’t serving the interests journalists favor. Excessively left-wing speech coming out of an angry/confused/unclean face… it’s not helping the mainstream Democrats.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Will Wilkinson: The Occupy Movement’s Enthusiasm and Contempt for Democracy. “So, as much as I might love commotions generally, and unauthorized camping specifically, at a certain point you’ve got to ask whether an ongoing commotion really continues to be healthy.”
Sounds like they’ve been reading too much Steve Stirling. If that’s possible.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy The Plantation? Blacks Shun OWS. “Here at Via Meadia we have been noting the relative plenitude of palefaces at the OWS protests and the protesters we personally know have tended to be of the upper middle class white liberal artsy type. We have waited for the wave of investigative journalism seeking the reasons for Black absenteeism — but so far we have been disappointed. Black failure to attend right wing demonstrations appears to be a mysterious matter demanding detailed investigation, but there is nothing to discuss when they shun left wing ones. Moreover, a relative absence of Black faces in right wing crowds clearly demonstrates the racism of both the protesters and their ideas, while an absence of Black faces in left wing crowds means — absolutely nothing.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: RETAIL SUPPORT BRIGADE 1, OCCUPY WALL STREET 0. Ed Morrissey: Black Friday Shows OWS as Overhyped and Impotent.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Oakland calls for Total West Coast Port Shutdown. Because nothing says we care about the working class like inducing economic breakdown.
#OCCUPYFAIL: “The Occupiers have made the Democrats look bad, that is obvious. The more interesting question is, why? Because they say what other Democrats actually think, and act in ways that other Democrats approve of but are afraid to emulate.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Why African Americans aren’t embracing Occupy Wall Street. “Occupy Wall Street was started by whites and is about their concern with their plight.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Wall Street’s Government Problem. Love the cartoon.
#OCCUPYFAIL: The Occupiers In Two Sad Photos.
#OCCUPYFAIL: “Both left and right have made the error of thinking that the forces behind Occupy Wall Street are interested in democratic politics and problem solving. . . . What we are seeing here is the latest iteration of an old political program that has been given new strength by the failures of the global economy and the power of postmodern technology.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Weapons Cache Found During Zuccotti Park Cleanup, Sources Say. Okay, it’s a “weapons cache” by the standards of Bloomberg’s New York.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy flash mob fails to impress Walmart workers. “A two minute ‘flash mob’ by members of Occupy’s Santa Ana contingent left some Walmart employees feeling disrespected and confused.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: No Second Act for OWS. “Much as it would be absurd to hope for a ‘Woodstock without the music festival,’ perhaps it is as much a category mistake to try to organize an ‘Occupy without the occupation.’ That is the challenge that those who would continue the movement will face. It is possible that the curtain has gone down on the Occupy movement and will not rise again.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Army records at odds with Occupy veteran’s claims. “The claims of a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement that he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are not supported by Army records. Christopher M. Simmance has told several media outlets, including The Buffalo News, that he served as many as three tours of duty in those war zones and that he was severely injured in Afghanistan. Service records obtained from the Army, however, show he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for three years and he left the active-duty Army in January 2001 — before the 9/11 terror attacks.”
UPDATE: Steven Den Beste writes: “Have you noticed that when men lie about this, they nearly always claim to have been in the special forces?”
Yeah. I assume that’s so their fallback position can be that everything they did was classified. By the way have I mentioned my secret missions to Cambodia in 1968?
On the other hand, there’s this. Tom Harkin never claimed to be special forces.
#OCCUPYFAIL: The Entire Occupy Movement Summarized In One Sign. Okay, but the “It Is Time For A Cultural Revolution” sign deserves a giggle. Or a volley, depending on how seriously you take it. . . .
#OCCUPYFAIL: Occupy Has More Than A Woman Problem. “What kind of movement calls female supporters ‘white bitches’? And what type of women take that to be a term of endearment?”
#OCCUPYFAIL: OWS Following the Woodstock to Altamont Trajectory. “Numerous observers have pointed out how the media and liberals (sorry for the redundancy) lavished sympathy on Occupy Wall Street until it became untenable to continue, after which they began to airbrush their previous encomia. They seem to forget that what begins as Woodstock somehow always ends up as Altamont.”
But faster this time. And without even putting on a decent show.
#OCCUPYFAIL: OWS Needs More Cowbell.
The plan was a simple one. The path to Obama’s second term requires that enough voters forget that our current economic woes are the fault of a failed President who enjoyed two years of having every single item on his wish-list passed by Congress. And so the idea was to create Occupy in order to give the MSM the cover they desired to spend every single day up until the election talking about greed and income inequality in order to blame both for the stagnant economy.
The hope was that by repeating this message incessantly, enough voters could be convinced that Wall Street, and by extension, evil Republicans, were to blame for our chronic unemployment, record deficits, and stillborn economic growth. President Obama who?
Fortunately for America, this plan has not only failed miserably it has backfired completely.
“I call it ‘Zuccotti Love.'”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Hazmat Crew Called in to Remove 200lbs of Human Feces Near Occupy Santa Cruz. “Is this proof that the Occupiers dumped 200lbs of poop near some banks? Definitely not. It’s not proof. Did I mention that the camp has a history of sanitation complaints from the city? So, just speculating here, who would have 200lbs of human feces on hand to dump anywhere? Maybe somebody camping with inadequate bathroom facilities. But that’s a lot of poop so it would have to be pretty close. Let’s say within 1/4 mile. Hmmm…could be anybody I guess.”
ED DRISCOLL: #Occupyfail: The Putrid Stench of a Century of Folk Marxism. “It’s those who order us to ‘QUESTION AUTHORITY!’ who invariably do so the least themselves.”
They certainly don’t want you questioning their authority to issue such orders . . . .
#OCCUPYFAIL: Berkeley woman assaulted for NOT joining OWS protest. “Join us or else!”
#OCCUPYFAIL: OWS Organizers Occupying Luxury Hotels. “Tents are not for me.”
It really is getting more and more like Animal Farm all the time, isn’t it?
#OCCUPYFAIL: Boston Herald: Occupiers Must Go.
Two months into the “Occupation,” the Greenway Conservancy Board has decided it is as fed up with the squatters on its land as most of the people who would like to once again enjoy the property their tax dollars have paid for.
Board Chair Georgia Murray outlined the group’s concerns in a Nov. 8 letter to Mayor Tom Menino — a letter not made public until the Occupiers took their case to court this week.
Murray wrote, “Although we have not sought until now to have the Boston Police Department enforce our rules with regard to Occupy Boston, we have always taken the position that the current use of Dewey Square Park is in violation of our rules.” Those rules prohibit — not surprisingly — sleeping in the park overnight and require permits for tents. All of that seems to have been lost on the Conservancy’s executive director, Nancy Brennan, who insisted earlier on making nice with the Occupiers, asking merely that they respect certain boundaries.
Murray on the other hand gave the mayor a real piece of the board’s mind, citing incidents of drug dealing, deteriorating sanitary conditions, a loss of income to vendors and to the farmer’s market.
Yeah, but on the other hand Occupy has the protection of the Democratic machine.
#OCCUPYFAIL: How to Make an OWS Protester Melt Without Teargas.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Police arrest 11 as Occupy D.C. supporters take over Franklin School building. Because nothing says stick it to Wall Street like occupying a school that’s a former homeless shelter.
#OCCUPYFAIL: St. Louis Mayor’s Office Lashes Out at Tea Party After Sexual Assault Is Reported at #Occupy St. Louis Squatters Camp. Sure. Blame the Tea Party. That’ll work. Pathetic.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Rex Murphy: Capitalism’s Spoiled Children.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Potemkin Village: Ezra Levant took an infrared camera down to Occupy Toronto and discovered nearly all the tents are empty. Why should it be a surprise that a movement made up of people who want to be given things without working can’t seem to keep people on the job?
#OCCUPYFAIL: Facts Are Not My Concern:
The sign at her feet read “For a nuclear free, carbon free future.” The one in her hands an equally predictable “Excessive wealth and consumption are dying paradigms. Renew American with a Green Revolution.”
Before her stood Alex Epstein, energy expert and frequent PJTV guest commentator. Noting the sign on the sidewalk, Epstein asked, “You’re opposed to nuclear power and [carbon dioxide] generating power?”
“Yes,” she answered.
“Do you know what percentage of power in the world those generate right now?”
“That’s not my concern. My concern is the people that are profiting off of power that is unsustainable….”
Calm among the hubbub of Zuccotti Park, Epstein endured a lengthy non-response, then answered the question for her.
“We’re talking about something that’s producing 95% of the power in the world,” he stated flatly. “This is the power that’s keeping people’s lights on. It’s keeping the food going. And you’re saying we ought to dismantle that somehow. And I’m saying, if that happens, the entire world as we know it will collapse.”
It’s nice to see someone stand up to the green know-nothingism.
Related: ‘Frothing Degenerate Mob’ Would Make a Great Name for a Punk-Rock Band. “What the MSNBC crowd refuses to recognize is that the offensive aspects of the Occupy movement are not incidental to it, but an expression of the movement’s anti-social essence. The mobs who are attacking ‘Wall Street’ are anti-wealth and anti-capitalism and, if you understand what wealth and capitalism represent, you understand that the Occupiers are also anti-work, anti-thrift and anti-enterprise. That is to say, they are fundamentally hostile to bourgeois values.” For some, of course, that’s the primary appeal.
Plus this: “Stipulate that wealthy interests have gamed ‘the System’ to their own advantage, so that Goldman Sachs, General Motors and other corporations deemed ‘too big to fail’ have received windfalls at taxpayer expense, in repayment of their support for the bipartisan corruption in Washington. But the Occupiers aren’t reading Peter Schweizer’s shocking new expose of crony capitalism or demanding criminal prosecution of Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, et al.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: What I Saw At “Occupy Louisville.”
UPDATE: Investor’s Business Daily: An Occupy Movement Based On 99% Lies. “In fact, the average income for the top 1% has dropped about 9% in real terms over the past decade, according to IRS data. Census data show a similar decline for top-income earners. Meanwhile, the Gini Index — a common measure of income inequality — has been almost dead flat since 2000. And to the extent that inequality has climbed over the past 30 years, it’s been in concert with economic growth, rising during the Reagan and Clinton boom years and sagging during economic slumps. . . . Sachs’ claim that Reagan’s policies punished the country with crushing unemployment is even more ludicrous. Reagan’s tax-cutting, deregulating, fiscal conservative policies propelled the economy to an unprecedented era of sustained growth. Between 1981 and 2008, unemployment averaged just 6%. Only after Obama started to undo everything Reagan achieved did unemployment spike, averaging 9.3% since he took office.”
Well, you don’t want to take economic advice from Jeffrey Sachs. Just ask the Russians.
This week, even the usually hesitant Anti-Defamation League released a report that showed how much of the OWS included supporters of Hamas, opponents of Israel’s right to exist, and old fashioned anti-Semites. “History demonstrates,” Abe Foxman of the ADL said, how “time and again… economic downturns can embolden anti-Semites to spread malicious conspiracy theories and promote stereotypes about Jews and money. As a consequence, these statements must not be left unchallenged.” To date, no official representatives of OWS have addressed this issue.
A few days ago, the ADL released a more definitive condemnation, obviously because no one from the OWS responded to Foxman, who implied that the anti-Semites were just a fringe element of the protest.
When you go after “the banker” and “the 1%,” anti-semitism is going to wind up being more than a fringe.
#OCCUPYFAIL: “Well over 1,000, eh? The Wisconsin protests at their height topped 100,000. And these folks are in New York City. Madison, Wisconsin has less than 3% of the population of NYC, yet we had 100 times as many protesters. And OWS has 1,000 times the press coverage. How do you figure that? I guess it’s like the reason why I covered the Wisconsin protests: They were right down the street.”