Lady Gaga pulls a Marilyn singing “Bill Romance” to Bill Clinton at the Decade Of Difference Concert. So many awkward moments.
This is what democracy looks like in 1979. Indignation with Wall Street is nothing new as is evident from a vintage clip from the film “Early Warnings,” which gives a glimpse into the sit-in that happened on Wall Street on the 50th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash.
These protesters demonstrated against the financial support for the nuclear industry, as part of the larger occupations at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant that sought to obstruct the construction of nuclear reactors near Seabrook, New
Now this is speaking truth to power: veteran confronts police on their heavy-handed tactics.
On Saturday, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators occupied Times Squares when thousands flooded the iconic location to protest economic inequities. After a number of demonstrators refused to leave the streets there, police responded with heavy-handed tactics to arrest them.
Now, video has emerged of an apparent U.S. military veteran speaking out against these police tactics. The man, who identified himself as Sgt. Shamar Thomas, explained that he spent fourteen months in Iraq and that his parents served in the military as well. “This is not a war zone. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people!” protested Thomas to police officers. “There is no honor in that.” The crowd gave the man a hearty applause.
Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) campaigned on a promise to create jobs in Florida — his campaign mantras were even “Let’s get to work!” and “jobs, jobs, jobs.” However, recently he’sbacked off his earlier pledge to create 700,000 jobs in addition to the 1 million jobs Florida is expected to generate as part of the state’s natural growth, absurdly claiming “I don’t know who said that.”
Now the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Scott is scaling back his promises even further, claiming, “I could argue that I don’t have to create any jobs”:
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday added more nuance to his campaign promise to create jobs, questioning the validity of the state’s economic forecast and saying he just has to stop unemployment from rising.
“The bottom line is, I could argue that I don’t have to create any jobs,” Scott said on 540-AM in Maitland. “I just have to make sure we don’t lose jobs.“
Florida has a 10.7 percent unemployment rate that is higher than the national average. Yet Scott recently bragged about laying off 15,000 government workers, while deep education cuts will cost many teachers and school employees their jobs. Scott also rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail project that supporters say would have created 24,000 jobs.
Putting ideology over the welfare of Floridians, Scott has also indicated that he will reject the billions in federal aid that could flow to the state under President Obama’s jobs act. The state is slated to receive more than $7.5 billion for schools, roads and other projects under the American Jobs Act. The White House estimates that the funds under the plan would support more than 60,000 jobs in Florida, including those held by teachers, cops, and firefighters.
“The police need to join us in the same way the Egyptian army joined the people in Freedom Square there in Cairo.
This is my appeal to the New York Police Department — to police departments all over the country: You are working class people. You’re not paid enough. You have the most dangerous job in the country and these rich bastards on Wall Street, they have ruined your 401Ks, your pension funds, your future, your children’s future. Money that should be going to having better law enforcement has gone to
I’m beginning to wonder if Cantor, DeMint, Issa, Boehner and their ilk even understand what the average American faces economically? After all, in Washington, DC most politicians are millionaires and seem way out of touch with the “common folk” of this country.
This is not just about income inequality Mr. Cantor. It’s about the despicable practices of Wall Street like stealing working folks’ money in various ways! It’s about disparaging the working class on an unprecedented basis while lining their pockets with unprecedented billions.
Mostly, its about Washington politicians continuing to tout tax cuts for the rich and austerity for the programs most middle class folks depend on like Medicare and Social Security.
The 99 percent movement protests are going global as more and more people seek to register their frustration with corporate greed and injust economic policies. Preferential tax treatment has helped drive the U.S. to its worst level of income inequality since the Great Depression, with the nation ranking more unequal than the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. Since 1979, “the gaps in after-tax income between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the middle and poorest fifths of the country more than tripled.”
America’s recognition of the indisputable level of inequality is forcing Republicans to back away from their condescending treatment of the “Occupy” protesters. Once concerned about these “growing mobs,” House Majority Eric Cantor (R-VA) ismaking an about-face. Today on Fox News Sunday, he told host Chris Wallace that the president and Republicans “agree that there is too much income disparity in this country.” Pointing to the public’s “complaint” about the unfair economic playing field, he insisted that Congress should rely on America’s wealthy “to take care of income disparity”:
CANTOR: We know in this country there is a complaint on the folks on the top end of the income scale that they make too much and folks on the end don’t make enough. We need to encourage those on the top income scale to create more jobs. We are about income mobility and that’s what we should be focused on to take care of the income disparity.