Apparently, I’m not the only one growing wearing of Obama’s attacks on capitalism and private equity capital. Now even Democrats are speaking out:
For over a year, we have heard from the Left and various prominent Democrats (including President Obama) of how the Occupy movement was a healthy, even patriotic expression of the anger of the “99%” of Americans not rich or priveleged.
They were just like us, only a bit grubbier!
Then came a year’s worth of stories and images of street violence, rape, and just plain unsanitary practices! The real story of the Occupy movement was that these miscreants were not just like us. Unless “us” means the New Communist International!
Now five Occupy Cleveland, arrested earlier this month, stand accused in a plot to blow up a bridge over Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland!
While the Occupy Cleveland Movement has scrambled to distance itself from what they characterized as a “fringe element”; it is apparent that some of these were both leaders and long-time, “die hard” member of the Cleveland Occupy group.
Left-Right: Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Joshua Stafford, Connor Stevens; self-described anarchist arrested in Cleveland bomb plot.
Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, has a criminal record dating to 2000. His participation in the alleged plot is particularly embarrassing to those who defend the Occupy Movement as a “peaceful” one; and that these suspects were only on the fringe of the organization.
Hayne’s signed the lease for a West Side warehouse used by members of the Occupy Cleveland group for organizational acctivites and housing! Leaders of organizations rent office and other space for any organiztion; not “kook” fringe members!
Brandon Baxter was one of the few Occupy Cleveland Movement members to remain throughout the cold winter months; when most of the hangers-on and dillitantes had gone home.
Someone close to the Movement recalled Baxter, Hayne, Stafford and Wright as members of a small but vocal faction that “found little use for peaceful demonstration.”
All throughout the country, hard-core anarchists and communists have found a home within the Occupy movement. If the various violent May Day protests are any indication, this violent “fringe” will be more and more influential in group’s activities.
Just today, in Chicago, three activists were arrested in another bomb-making plot!
Standby: You ain’t seen nothin yet!
All were Democrats, the party of Big Government. Speaking of which — whatever happened to that investigation Gov. Jerry Brown was launching into these thieving public servants drawing million-dollar pensions from California taxpayers? The Bell scandal broke during the California gubernatorial race between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown, who was then state attorney general. Brown vowed a no-holds-barred inquiry. Anyone seen his report yet? Jerry Brown will demand to see Obama’s birth certificate before he will call for a rollback of these undeserved, million-dollar government pensions.
Less than 20 percent of private sector employees get pensions. Most people save their own money for retirement — for example, through 401(k)s. By contrast, government employees expect to be paid by us for the rest of their lives.
Former representative and amateur home pornographer Anthony Weiner was a member of Congress until he resigned last June in order to spend more time with his hard drive. He will probably end up collecting about a million dollars from his 80 percent taxpayer-funded government pension.
These are the “1 percent” deserving of the public’s wrath: We’re paying their salaries. We weren’t taxed to pay Mitt Romney’s salary at Bain Capital. We aren’t taxed to pay the salaries of Jamie Dimon or Alex Rodriguez. Anthony Weiner? Him, we pay for.
Government employees expect to live like something out of the czar’s court — and then have us admire them as if they’re Rosa Parks.
At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Barack and Michelle Obama both paid heartfelt tributes to themselves for passing up money-grubbing private sector jobs to work in “public service.” In her speech, Michelle boasted that she had “tried to give back to this country.” “… That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities.” She was hired by the University of Chicago Hospital as soon as her husband became a state senator. When he was elected to the U.S. Senate, her salary nearly tripled, from $121,910 to $316,962 — and the junior senator from Illinois returned the favor by sending taxpayer dollars the hospital’s way.
By Obama’s second year in the U.S. Senate, in 2006, Michelle Obama’s compensation from “public service” was approximately $375,000 a year — more than triple the average salary for a lawyer in the United States with 20 years’ experience. (America to the Obamas: “You two have sacrificed enough. Please retire and kick back a little!”)
Vice President Joe Biden, long touted as the poorest U.S. senator, took home $248,459 in household income in 2006, including his public school teacher wife’s salary, also paid by taxpayers. In 2007, these working poor made $319,853. This puts the couple nearly into the top 1 percent of all earners in the U.S., where the median household income was $48,201 in 2006 and $50,233 in 2007. A career in “public service” pays well.
This from “The more things change, the more they stay the same” file:
“Make sure that your election campaign is one long parade, magnificent and splendid, appealing to popular taste, presenting a grand and dignified spectacle. If at all possible, you should also arrange for some scandal to be stirred up against your competitors, involving either criminal behavior or sex or bribery, depending on their character.”
–Quintus Cicero, written c. 55 B.C., advising his brother Marcus Tullius Cicero during his campaign for the Roman consulship.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This appeared in the New York Daily News on November 4, 1949