12 October 2011

How will the Occupiers react?

Republicans have blocked Obama's jobs plan in the Senate. They voted unanimously against it, using the threat of a filibuster (now utterly routine from them), while Senate Democrats were almost unanimous in support.

This event presents an opportunity to find out how relevant the Occupier movement is to practical politics and the business of getting things done, as opposed to merely airing grievances. One party has offered a program of concrete actions to address some of those grievances -- the paucity of jobs and the explosion of inequality caused by a half-century of cutting taxes on the wealthy (economists and the CBO agree that the plan would be effective and actually reduce the deficit); the other has contemptuously rejected it. The difference in stance towards the Occupiers' expressed concerns is as plain as can be.

Will they respond to this? Will they even notice?

7 Comments:

Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

At Occupy Boston on Monday, I saw many signs saying "Pass the Jobs Bill." And I spoke with many people about this subject. I don't know what the reaction will be for OWS and the participating cities, but this should be the #1 issue: The Republicans Continue to be Anti-Jobs!



The GOP needs to be branded as anti-Jobs. That's how I see it.

12 October, 2011 07:16  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

"Will they respond to this? Will they even notice?"

And that, Infidel, is a very good question. The truth is, I have yet to hear anyone from the OWS movements even mention the AJA (and no mention of it at all from Michael Moore).

The President has been going around the country for the past few weeks talking about the bill. Yet on many pro-OWS sites, there is no mention of this--but a lot of caterwauling about how the President hasn't done anything and is part of the problem.

Sooner or later, people need to realize that what is needed is a political endgame, with voters going to the polls to put people in office who actually do want to fix the system instead of screwing it.

Or maybe I'm just being too logical here.

12 October, 2011 07:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

An interesting juxtaposition of comments. Perhaps the sites that say they speak for the Occupiers aren't really colsely tuned in to that the rank-and-file are thinking?

Shaw, I hear Occupy Boston was treated pretty brutally by the police. I hope you weren't caught in that.

12 October, 2011 09:04  
Blogger shreddakj said...

Fuck the Republicans, seriously. Those assclowns are insane and dangerous.

12 October, 2011 13:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I was just looking at Shaw's posting from Occupy Boston and noticed this photo.

Shreddakj: In the case of many of them, I'm afraid "insane and dangerous" is all too apt.

12 October, 2011 20:13  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

OCCUPY CONGRESS should come into being, with no one leaving the Capitol building until either the Republicans are voted out of office en masse, or until a suitable jobs bill IS passed, whichever occurs sooner. These goddam Republicans have GOT TO GO!!!

13 October, 2011 08:41  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JJ: I'd be happy if they'd just all commit to voting next year. The tool to get the Republicans out is in our hands.

13 October, 2011 11:24  

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