Saturday, October 08, 2011

Is this the rhetoric that precedes class war?

Or maybe he hasn't yet figured out how to leverage the situation politically.

"What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show, adding that the protests "aren't productive" and weren't good for tourism.

The News Story.

4 comments:

cyrusfx said...

Bloomberg is the 13th richest person in the country, so its obvious where his affiliations will lie.

I don't care what will happen to NYC if a bunch of Wall Street CEOs and money managers are out of the job -- they should have never had those jobs in the first place. The money that goes to fund their salaries and bonuses could have been used to give a thousand or so unemployed people modest jobs instead, even though I realize this is not how corporate America works.

Wall Street is built on a house of cards, and the whole thing can come tumbling down at any given point (as it did in 2008, and has recently).

"The poor people here will rebel (as they have been doing in the middle east, Africa and parts of Europe), and we won't start progressing as a civilization again until the redistribution of wealth and power has been completed."

-Cyrustradamus, Sept. 2, 2011 (2 weeks before the start of Occupy Wall Street

cyrusfx said...

If I were a protestor, the 5 biggest things I'd be protesting for are:

1. Corporate campaign finance reform (no corporate money for politicians), restrictions on financial services lobbying

2. Investigation of the role of major financial institutions chief officers in the packaging of mortgage-backed securities

3. Investigation of the relationships between major financial institutions and the credit rating agencies

4. More congressional oversight for the Federal Reserve and SEC

5. End occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan

Mondu said...

If I were a news anchor or pundit I would say your 'laundry list' of complaints 'lack focus'. Then a very focused and determined contingency of protesters would beat me down.

These are really fascinating times, folks. The demonization tactics used by politicians and the media could easily backfire in this situation. The masses are far too sympathetic to the protesters cause. It was easy to get away with framing random arabs as insurgents or terrorists; if that sort of scheme is used against he protesters, the masses won't buy it. A significant number of political careers are about to be boosted or broken.

cyrusfx said...

Yeah, I like the "unaired" (I don't know if this is true or not) FOX footage of the Civil War hat guy protestor who lays it down stone cold. There's some awesome YouTube videos out there.

It will be interesting to see if the thing picks up more steam or fizzles out by winter.