Interesting. Depending on how long you’ve been reading PBE, you’ve seen <insert your years of participation here> years of me bitching about corporations beholden to their Wall Street gods. Looks like somebody else gets it.
Now I’m not a big fan of Anonymous. However, 700 arrests is nothing to sneeze about. Neither is the fact that the progressives and the teabaggers actually agree on this issue. Wall Street has too much power in America and some people have finally figured that out.
JP Morgan Chase donated $4.6 million dollars to the NYPD to…break heads? What was that for? To protect their interests? That is the most suspicious act in this whole thing. Rumors were flying that USMC veterans were heading down to protect the protesters from the NYPD which seems to be a bit out of control on this one. I haven’t seen any reports of their actual appearance but somethings is happening here. Something different. Something we haven’t seen since 1967. The next week will tell the story. Hopefully the story isn’t the National Guard firing live rounds into a crowd.
Monday morning seems like a good time to wake a sleeping bear. SCOTUS ruled that a corporation was a person, I believe last year but it might have been the year before. At the time I said it was one of the worst Supreme Court decisions of all time. (Worse than Dred Scott for you Sarah Palin fans out there) I stand by that. One of the protesters had a sign that said “When you can execute a corporation, they are a person.” That wasn’t lost on me. I doubt idiots like Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann or Rick Perry have any idea how bad that decision actually was. Or what that sign means.
Occupy Wall Street thinks they are on to something. I think they are too. So does Robert Kuttner, check out his essay here. And so far, the bulk of the violence is being committed by the NYPD. (and apparently funded by JP Morgan Chase) I’ve seen some of the messages to the protesters, and they are one of non-violent protest. No, I don’t know how I got on that list. I hope they can hold the line on that one.
It seems to me that this country has been two trains on the same track heading towards each other for a while. One train has been protecting the rich from tax equality with the rest of us in the name of “no new taxes” while the other has been losing their jobs, their homes, their health and everything they’ve worked for to billionaires. In the middle the teabaggers have been screaming “zero taxes” which is absolutely asinine. I wish I could find the picture of the teabag protest sitting on the public street with the arrows pointing to all of the things that taxpayers paid for, like the sidewalk, the stop light, the traffic sign. Here is the most brilliant video of the week. Hopefully this is the end of Scott Brown.
If we don’t walk away from the teabaggers and do something for the masses, these trains are going to crash. And it ain’t going to be pretty.