So what Occupy Wall Street firebrand just said this:
"Our Congress today is a forum for legalized bribery. One consumer group using information from Opensecrets.org calculates that the financial services industry, including real estate, spent $2.3 billion on federal campaign contributions from 1990 to 2010, which was more than the health care, energy, defense, agriculture and transportation industries combined. Why are there 61 members on the House Committee on Financial Services? So many congressmen want to be in a position to sell votes to Wall Street. We can’t afford this any longer."
Yes, you guessed it--it's that well known radical, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times.
Because you know (from watching Fox and listening to Rush, and nothing else) that this radical movement is all about class warfare (i.e. Marxism) and socialism, especially when they propose to tax the obscenely rich a bit more. Of course this tax increase on the wealthy is supported by two-thirds or more of the public, including (it now turns out) about 68% of the millionaires who would be the target of the millionaires tax.
GOPers scream at being accused of deliberately subverting the economy for political gain. Well, it's either that or they are too stupid to read economic reports, which show that the jobs being shed are mainly government jobs thanks to their stupid economic theories (stupid because they demonstrably haven't worked) and stupid policies in Washington and in the states (though its cupidity as much as stupidity, of course.) The latest example being the jobs that will be lost thanks to their federal spending cuts that they claimed would create jobs. A quantitative assessment from the Center for American Progress figures that these cuts will result in the destruction of 370,000 more jobs.
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