Despite significant support from voters in New York City and around the country, who say they agree with the economic opinions of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it seems that some politicians are determined to turn a deaf ear to the growing dissatisfaction of the 99%.
“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” said presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney to a Florida crowd on October 4th.
“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!” said Herman Cain, author of the controversial 9-9-9 tax plan. “It is not a person’s fault if they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.” He suggested the demonstrations were planned “to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration.”
“I regard the Wall Street protest as a natural outcome of a bad education system, teaching them really dumb ideas,” said presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on October 9th.
That’s why this video from Representative Peter DeFazio (D – Oregon) is so refreshing.
DeFazio acknowledges that 99% of Americans are tired of Congress and its corporate minders standing in the way of American jobs, a fair tax system, and true economic recovery. He also admits that describing Wall Street and the major corporations whose wealth it represents as “job creators” is laughable, and that asking the American people to pay the price for its crimes is deplorable.
“It is time,” says DeFazio, “to deal meaningfully with this problems in this country.”
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