3 Oct

HT Marquil at EmpireWire.com

22 Responses to “Occupation”

  1. wolfpack October 3, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Wall street versus Main street: The Feds were overwhelmed with the complexity of AIG, Goldman, Madoff and others. Instead of prison terms, they received funds to save the toooooooo big to fail. In the interim the community and local banks are painted with a similar brush. Then, as many Democrats love to do, they passed almost draconian laws to limit fees and strengthen the deadbeats who don’t pay their bills. You can’t ignore the low rates in the marketplace and what it does to any profits at banks we all deal with. They are so low, there is no margin and now fees are unacceptable even on dead beat borrowers? A little sanity please. AIG, as we found out later took money and bailed out foreign interests.
    I am sure I’ll get comments on this missive, but companies need to make a living or they drown and take their employees straight to the unemployment line.

  2. Brian F. Wood October 3, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    “The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.” (G. K. Chesterton, conservative Catholic writer and thinker)

  3. Marquil October 3, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Tomorrow’s WSJ headline: “Wall St. Gets Red Carpet Treatment”

  4. Black Rock Lifer October 3, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    There is a real anger out there that continues to grow, the middle class is now feeling the pain that the poor have long been subjected to. To attempt to downplay the significance of this protest is just ignoring that reality.

  5. Chris Charvella October 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    It’s about damn time people got angry and start taking it out on the people who deserve it. This is what the Tea Party could have been if it hadn’t been so busy ignoring the real problem. This movement is an apolitical, grassroots attempt at expressing rage. I wish I could be there.

  6. Allen Miller October 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    As promised in a post by Chris Charvella I visited the scene after an early meeting I had this morning at Chase Manhattan Plaza (yes I have an evil hedge fund client) flew in last night and out at about 2pm. (No I am not an evil private jet owner). I went down to wall street to observe for myself. The protestors were being peaceful, a little annoying but no real problem. The police watching them seemed disinterested in their message and main objective was just watching. I notice one time a few people were standing just off the curb waving their signs at a passing limousine. The police asked them to please stay off the streets and they complied.

    The vast majority were young lots of tattoos, piercing and some magnificent hair 🙂 (being balder than Alan Bedanko I appreciate a nice head of hair)

    My attitude is go ahead express your concern and put your message out there however you want, whoever you want as long as it is peaceful and you do not trample my rights (like crossing a bridge). I have equal respect for the Tea Party as I do for Occupy Whatever. I see them both as a little silly and misguided. My advice to the Occupy groups are don’t be a tool for the left. The Tea Party have been accused of being tools for the right. If it appears you are tools for the left all you will be is just another group manipulated malcontents. Wall Street is very pragmatic. They will just as happily buy democrat politicians as republican ones. Ben Bernanke was a tool for George Bush and Barack Obama. Same goes for Geithner. They will put whatever letter they need after their name to get their policies past. If you don’t see that you are very naive and are nothing more than a useful idiot.

  7. Allen Miller October 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    One more Comment Roseanne Barr is despicable. Calling for beheading the rich is as low as you can get. She is a very wealthy person, I did not see her giving her wealth away. If you have this position you will be ignored and expect violence to yourself to stop you.

  8. rastamick October 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    What did they expect when they ruined the economy then took billions in bailout and paid themselves millions in bonuses when they should have been arrested and put in jail ? This is so long overdue I am only surprised it has remained non violent as long as it has. At least on the side of the protestors. Officer Tony Baloney the girl hater did spray a bunch of helpless women in the face then run away like a little bitch and the cops were attacking kids with video cameras but the occupiers are damned docile considering the shape our country is in. 

  9. Clark Urbanski October 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Our middle class has more money, more possessions, more freedom, more investments, larger houses, more cars, more education, and more security than in any generation ever. I love how we have spun this in a way that those with the most feel like they have little when compared to those who have more. Our society is so spoiled and entitled that it is sick to see them protesting so they can get more. We are truly the greediest nation on the face of the earth.

  10. jimd October 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    @#9. ?

  11. Bbill October 4, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Our middle class has more money, more possessions, more freedom, more investments, larger houses, more cars, more education, and more security than in any generation ever.

    And fewer people.

  12. Allen Miller October 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm #


    Yes true but there are people with more. (sarcasm) That is the problem.

    I heard Roseanne Bar is worth about 25 million and Micheal Moore is worth about 30 million. Do you think Roseanne will want lower the level of rich peoples heads being cut off from 100 million to 30 million? I bet it would never get as low as the amount of money she has.

  13. Rob October 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Clark you might be happier here, with the other ignorant, self-absorbed twats.

  14. Leo Wilson October 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    @5 – Chris, I certainly hope you’re right. We’ll see next year. If Barney Frank (head of what committee?) and Nancy Pelosi get beaten in primary challenges, I’ll even believe you.

  15. Rob October 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Occupy Buffalo Oct 15th

    Leo – Barney Frank doesn’t head the Financial Services Committee or any other committee. Because, you know, the Republicans control the House.

  16. Leo Wilson October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Rob, fair enough point – but, didn’t he do that when the oh-so-objectionable bailouts were conceived and handed out? In fact, didn’t he have massive input into developing that tack in the first place?

  17. Jon Splett October 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    @Allen Miller- Since when did Roseanne Barr become the face of progressive politics? Seriously, THATS who you want to cherry pick and start using as a representative of the left?

    Should I now assume Hank Williams Jr. speaks for all conservatives because apparently outlandish quotes from has-beens are where all political movements derive their legitimacy from?

  18. Allen Miller October 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    @Jon Splett:

    You have a good point.

    It is a common tactic to take what fringe people say during a cause and equate that to the whole cause. The problem is that these fringe people will be taken serious by many because they appear on TV and radio shows where there cause is taken serious.

    It’s odd because Roseanne Barr did for me what Hank Williams did fro Monday night football.

  19. Allen Miller October 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    @Jon Splett:

    ::Continued submitted to soon by accident::

    I have not watched it in years, (never listened to Hank Williams either) but because of the controversy I watched just to see what the theme song would be.

    The Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party have a real lot in common. They are both grass roots movements that are being attached to by leaders like the Koch Brothers in the tea party and Van Jones and the Unions for Occupy. Both groups have legitimate gripes. In the Tea Parties case Big Government has gotten out of hand, in Occupy Walls Street, its Big Business that has gotten out of hand. Politicians see a movement and want to be attached.

    Quite frankly I respect Jon Splett’s opinion even if I disagree with it more than Roseanne Barr or Hank Williams.

  20. Clark Urbanski October 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    @bbill and Rob, check out the facts… Americans are among the richest in the world, that includes our middle class. Compare your spending power, possessions, education opportunities, salary, credit, and quality of life to those of your parent’s generation. Compare the standard of living of the American middle class to the middle class of other countries around the globe. Now tell me that we have a reason to bitch that we don’t have enough. I am not in favor of big business or big government. I am enough of a realist to know that America will not survive economically without the jobs and salaries that big business and big government offers. Want to talk about justice and equality, then let’s look at it from a global perspective and compare the standard of living of Americans vs other countries around the globe.

    • Alan Bedenko October 5, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Clark’s argument is not unlike comparing religious freedom in Saudi to that in the US. We oughtn’t be patting ourselves on the back because we’re better than the lowest common denominator.

      Hey! Don’t fret, Americans! You’re still better off than Zimbabweans!

  21. Rob October 5, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Shorter Clark Urbanski: Who cares if banksters control our government; people in Peru don’t have iPhones.

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