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article imageGOPs deny Occupy Wall Street relationship to Democratic Party

By Nancy Houser     Oct 8, 2011 in Politics
Calling attention to social inequality and a political refusal to correct the problem, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is fueled by frustration and rage of middle-class Americans at the wealthy and powerful, at the expense of the middle class and less fortunate.
With Think Progress speaking for the struggling poor, it has been a little over three weeks since Occupy Wall Street began in Brooklyn. Today, it has spread to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and a growing field of metro areas.
According to ABC News, a lot is at stake, including job shortages held in stalemate by the GOPs; an investigation of Wall Street bankers involved in the financial crisis; and a growing demand for a roll back of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court case, a law that allowed corporations to donate unlimited funds to political campaigns to buy super PACs and political favors.
The OWS is being accused of sharing its political views with Democrats---similar to the Tea Party and the Republicans. The Republican Party fervently denies this, with the Virginia House Majority Leader Eric Cantor calling the OWS “growing mobs,” said by many developing class warfare against people who are desperate: financially discouraged and frustrated, unemployed, hungry, broke, and discouraged.
Official photo of Congressman Eric Cantor
Official photo of Congressman Eric Cantor
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Cantor has sharply criticized the Democrats for supporting the OWS in ABC news. “Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” Cantor said. “But you sent us here to fight for you and for all Americans. You sent us here to bring about real change in Washington, real change to your federal government. And we’re committed to do that.”
Republican Mitt Romney labels the movement as being dangerous and forcing class warfare. This was topped off with a show of unparalleled superiority. Additionally, the CEO pizza man--Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain--accused all OWS protesters as being "anti-capitalistic."
Cain reported that the demonstrators began with the purpose of distracting America from Obama's failed policies throughout his term, even though OWS just began on September 17. This statement was completely undermined by his next statement, where the OWS supporters had nobody to blame but themselves for not having jobs or for being poor,
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
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"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" Cain said. "It is not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed. And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what is it that they're looking for."
The Democrats have quite another viewpoint. Both President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have expressed solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, according to the ABC News blog. Biden has called the OWS movement a grassroots political movement, adding “there’s a lot in common with the Tea Party,” while President Obama said “the Wall Street protest expresses the frustrations that the American people feel.”
Biden had rebutted in ABC with this answer, “What is the core of that protest?” Biden asked at the Washington Ideas Forum. “The core is: The bargain has been breached. The core is the American people do not think the system is fair or on the level. That is the core is what you’re seeing with Wall Street.”
Agreeing with Biden, billionaire businessman Mayor Bloomberg spoke to reporters on Saturday, according to Gothamist.
… it is the inability of government, the seeming inability, maybe that’s a little too strong, to pull together and to come up with ways to fix our problems that are the most frustrating. When you look at the polls that say 80 percent of the people think congress is doing a terrible job. You can probably apply that to both parties and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. I mean, people are upset. They don’t quite know where to go.
Experts at Big Think, a network of global top thinkers and doers, say that news, stories, tweets, wikis, and status updates are never-ending sources of information that require something concrete to link it all together. Considered a You Tube for over 1,500 intellectuals, Big Think refers to a distinct line drawn between political parties and social classes, hardening to cement. Compromise is impossible without the willingness of a person to meet another half-way, an application of a person’s ideas toward questions and challenges in the search for truth and knowledge.
Unanswered anger is turning to rage---further expressed in rioting, yelling at town hall Representatives, vicious comments on political websites, demonstrating at Occupy Wall Street, changing political parties or voting differently.
Threatened by the OWS movement, more and more people are realizing that GOPs are doing everything they can to protect the wealthy and special interests that benefit them---Wall Street Banks and Big Oil.This does not include the people from Occupy Wall Street. Online Wall Street Journal reports that the richest 5% of the country’s population has about 72% of the U.S. wealth.
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