MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes” recently obtained a memo from a well-known Washington lobbying firm to its client, the American Bankers Association, that reveals its fear of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.
The memo is written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford. In it, the firm proposes that for a mere $850,000, it will conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and the politicians who support it.
According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”
The memo also suggests that Democratic victories in 2012 should not be the ABA’s biggest concern. “… (T)he bigger concern,” the memo says, “should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies.”
The memo also points out something even more terrifying than Obama getting re-elected: the idea that OWS and the Tea Party might stop bickering and realize they have more than one issue in common.
“Well-known Wall Street companies stand at the nexus of where OWS protestors and the Tea Party overlap on angered populism,” the memo says. “…This combination has the potential to be explosive later in the year when media reports cover the next round of bonuses and contrast it with stories of millions of Americans making do with less this holiday season.”
This memo proves what we’ve known all along: a unified 99% terrifies the 1 %. Big corporations, their Wall Street allies, and the politicians who profit off of their greed have been exposed for what they are: thieves and liars who deserve to pay the price for their crimes.
This memo also demonstrates that it is the desire of these criminals to keep the country divided and bickering. They want us to focus on small, petty, moralistic issues that have nothing to do with political policy or regulation. They want us to fight among ourselves so we won’t realize what’s really going on.
Oops, too late.
WE ARE THE 99%. THIS IS OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE DIVERSE BELIEFS, OPINIONS, POLITICAL PREFERENCES, AND LIFESTYLES, BUT WE AGREE ONN ONE THING: WE WILL NOT BE EXPLOITED ANY LONGER. WE ARE HERE, AND WE ARE WATCHING.
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