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Nancy Pelosi Takes On Cantor Over Occupy Wall Street

Nancy Pelosi Takes On Cantor Over Occupy Wall Street

 

Congressional Republicans are doing all they can to discredit the Occupy Wall Street. House Majority leader Eric Cantor has gone to great lengths to call the group “growing mobs” while others insist the protesters are nothing more than a group of spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement.

But not Nancy Pelosi. In response to Cantor and the others the House Democratic Leader reminded Americans that Cantor was just fine with tea party protesters literally spitting on members of Congress.

Pelosi has not just spoken out against Cantor’s specific hypocrisy but also endorsed Occupy Wall Street, joining the growing ranks of Democrats coming out in support of the anti-plutocracy movement. “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street, the political establishment or the rest that change has to happen,” Pelosi said. “We cannot continue in a way that is not relevant to their lives, people are angry.”

Former Senator Russ Feingold also came out strongly in support of the movement and cautioned other Democrats from playing it too cautious with the populist upswell, echoing the sentiments also expressed by President Obama.

The protests have so far remained non-partisan, expressing disgust with Democrats as much as Republicans. But hopefully, Congressional Democrats see the power behind much of this movement as one that can bring them back to their true base. Without a doubt Democrats have a share of the blame in the policies that lead to the largest economic collapse since the Great Depression. But, in the current political structure, one that lacks any true third-party capable of producing truly progressive policy on both the local and national level, the best hope for justice for Wall Street’s crimes comes from Democrats. And it would appear at least some in Congress get that. Let’s just hope those involved in the movement do as well.

 

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11:25AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

@ Roger B. > "...yet you haters on the left and right all seem willing to throw it all away so that you can go on hating and envying. Why don't we all take a deep breath, calm down, and try to see what the other side is trying to say. And stop hating"
Curious remark after the one you earlier addressed to Charles T.
@ Steven B. > Thank You!
If all the Roberts',Rogers',& Charles' here would do even a little research before they open their mouths, they would also know the numbers, petitions, & masses of this movement are not only Nationwide, but have also now spread Globally.
You just keep on supporting the Big Corp, Big Banks, & all the other top 2% Wealthiest and when they ALL get into power by your 'defend the party at all costs' attitudes & votes and bury the middle/low classes, I hope by then you all have reached the top 2% or your views will take a dramatic turnaround.

9:28PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

I don't think that you people realize that the folks that post on Townhall.com think that they are just as right as you are and they explain themselves just as well as you do. /// Both sides are so full of hatred that I fear that we are headed for civil war. Even the poorest people in this country are doing better than most people in the 2nd and 3rd world, yet you haters on the left and right all seem willing to throw it all away so that you can go on hating and envying. Why don't we all take a deep breath, calm down, and try to see what the other side is trying to say. And stop hating.

9:24PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Steven, you are so full of hatred that I can't really read your post. Try posting with just principles and explain your position.

9:21PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Coultergiest (cont"d)
Does this woman have sand in her vagina or something? Norman Mineta by far is one of the most patriotic citizens in this country. Despite adversity and being interned at a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Mineta served this country faithfully as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Japan and Korea. He was also the mayor of San Jose and served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years. He also helped establish the Americans with Disabilities Act. To say Norman Mineta is subjecting the United States to the Bataan Death March and burning with hatred for America because of anti-Japanese discrimination he faced as a child is far from the truth. If Mineta is "burning with hatred for America" then why is he the Secretary of Transportation for the Bush Administration?

"Ethnic profiling is the only reasonable security measure that has been thwarted in the war on terrorism." Ann Coulter's "Mineta's Bataan Death March," 2/28/02

This is the blatantly racist side of Ann Coulter that she is so proud of. Ethnic profiling is by far un-American and unconstitutional. Our Founding Fathers who wrote our Bill of Rights and Constitution said "All men are created equal," not "All white, Anglo-Saxon Christian men are created equal." Then again what the hell did those guys know?

9:18PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Roger B
I would not give weight to anything Coultergiest has to say, she like all the other mouth pieces for the right are air heads. Some Coulter inane, racist, idiotic statements (somany to choose from so little time:
(talking to a disabled Vietnam vet) "People like you caused us to lose that war." -- MSNBC

Disgusting. This disabled Vietnam veteran fought against communism when no one else like Ann would. She was fired from MSNBC because her comment was so bad.

(talking about Norman Mineta's cautioning the use of racial profiling against terrorism) "[Secretary Mineta] is burning with hatred for America. He has taken the occasion of the most devastating attack on U.S. soil to drone on about how his baseball bat was taken from him as a child headed to one of Franklin Roosevelt's Japanese internment camps.


As Mineta has endlessly recounted in interviews of late: 'I remember on the 29th of May, 1942' -- note that he remembers the day -- 'when we boarded the train in San Jose under armed guard, the military guard, I was in my Cub Scout uniform carrying a baseball, baseball glove and a baseball bat. And as I boarded the train, the MPs confiscated the bat on the basis it could be used as a lethal weapon.'

Good G-d! A guard took Mineta's baseball bat as a child, and as a result he's subjecting all of America to the Bataan Death March! Someone please give him a baseball bat." -- Ann Coulter, "Mineta's Bataan Death March" 2/28/02

Does this woman have sand in

9:00PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Robert S/Roger B/Charles T
And Obama's Jobs Bill is supported 63% to 32%, but regardless, Republicans have vowed to stop the bill and not let it pass. This has caused the Democrats to say they will split the bill into smaller parts and try to pass each one separately. Many believe the Republican party has been taken hostage by the Tea Party and this has caused the lack of negotiations and compromises between the two parties. For the last 130 years at least, negotiate and compromise is exactly what they did, ensuring no person, group or party was able to thrust its will onto everyone. This while billionaire Warren Buffet again showed he made $67 million, that a higher tax would not deter him and his high class fellows from expanding and hiring, which is what Republicans claim.

8:58PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Roger B/ Charles T
We all know how liberal Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal can be...LMAO
Comprehensive Poll Into Occupy Wall Street & Tea Party Show Americans Favor Occupy Wall Street by Wide Margin
Submitted by News Desk 2 on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:15
Both Time Magazine and NBC/Wall Street Journal have released recent poll figures that show the Tea Party is out and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is in.

In the polls, Americans favored the main messages of Occupy Wall Street; that the gap between rich and poor has grown too large; that taxes should be raised on the rich; that execs responsible for the meltdown should be prosecuted. This view is shared by a large majority. Also telling is that only 23% said they had no opinion, which means the thorny issues have made their way into the mainstream lives of average Americans.

Also, 67% said they supported Occupy Wall Street and its message, while only 27% said they supported the Tea Party. The poll also said 40% of Americans have said the Tea Party has had a negative impact on the nation's politics and economy which has given rise to terms like Tea Party economics and Tea Party gridlock.

And Obama's Jobs Bill is supported 63% to 32%, but regardless, Republicans have vowed to stop the bill and not let it pass. This has caused the Democrats to say they will split the bill into smaller parts and try to pass each one separately. Many believe the Republican party has been taken hostage by the Tea Party and this

10:48AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

PLEASE, Charles, DON'T TELL THESE LIBERALS THAT THE OWS IS ALIENATING ANYONE, PLEASE!!!!

10:00AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Embracing OWs as some Dems seem to be doing while no doubt inspiring the prog base is not endearing the party nor the politicians doing the cheering any favors with indies/non Dem voters.

For all the noise here and elsewhere in the media, there is little sign that this movement is actually touching the hearts and minds of voters outside of the leftist side of American politics. Interviews, photos/videos of the protest camp sites, and the litany of meism most commonly heard is NOT something appealing to those of us who are working.

The fact that outside of the left wing of the Dem party, the American Nazis/Communists/Socialists; few mainstream politicians have said anything positive about this small movement. It's more media driven than actually popular and attempts to call it the prog version of the Tea Party has fallen very flat.

Finally, both Rep Pelosi and the President carry considerable baggage and a history of unintentionally damning movements/businesses with their compliments. Their support of the OWS movement is at best a mixed blessing.

9:09AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

I DON'T resemble that remark. I am a tool for freedom and private property. I advocate a Constitutional amendment that would make the crime of bribery, influence, or favors of any kind, receiving or giving, to be punished by the DEATH PENALTY. The danger of business involvement in government and government involvement in business is WAY worse for our republic than religion entangled with government. So, does that sound like I am a tool of the rich?

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