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If you had any doubt about the seriousness of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that is springing up from America’s grassroots like hardy wildflowers, just note the frantic fulminations against it by assorted Wall Street toadies.
The corporate cheerleaders on CNBC, for example, reached back to the nasty days of McCarthyism to smear the youthful protesters as “aligned with Lenin.” Little Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader who loyally serves the banksters as their Washington lapdog, yapped in alarm about “the growing mobs occupying Wall Street.” Then came Mitt Romney, himself a former Wall Streeter, to warn darkly against the protesting rabble: “I think it’s dangerous – this class warfare.”
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Even more clueless is Herman Cain. Previously the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza chain who’s now running for president, he can’t stop foaming at the mouth about the Wall Street occupation. “Anti-American,” he labeled the protesters, later blasting them as losers who’re “jealous” of successful people: “Don’t blame Wall Street,” he lectured. “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”
To put the icing on his half-baked cupcake of ignorance, Cain then expressed his deep understanding of economics: “To protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying you’re anti-capitalism,” he expounded – a plutocratic theory that America’s millions of conservative, small-business capitalists would consider perverse. But, wait, there were more Cainisms: “These demonstrations,” he complained, “I honestly don’t understand, what are they looking for?
Gosh, godfather, if you have to ask a question like that, you’re way too out of touch to be president. What we’re looking for are such old-fashioned American fundamentals as economic fairness, social justice, and equal opportunities for all.