HEY, MITT ROMNEY!!!

More from Mitt:

“You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.” (emphasis added)

Mitt Romney says in the one highlighted phrase how he measures success:  by how much money one makes.  Mitt Romney is a Mormon.  I am a Mormon.  This statement goes against pretty much everything the Church as an institution teaches about both success and money.  Mitt Romney tries to make himself be a man of principle, of constancy — one wife, one religion — and he’s probably right.  This statement shows where his principles and his heart really are and where they apparently have always been.

Mr. Romney is attacking President Obama, claiming that he is encouraging the 99 percent.  This shows an amazing lack of awareness of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  Romney doesn’t realize that OWS didn’t really have the support of the president until late in the game.  OWS didn’t have the support of very many politicians, regardless of political party.  Democrats were slow to take up the cause, probably because they didn’t realize how strong it would be and the depth of feeling that is at the core of the movement.  Republicans, even tea partiers, seemed to be taken a bit by surprise by the movement, but tea partiers recognized the resonance of much in the OWS movement.  Romney doesn’t seem to understand any of this.  He seems genuinely oblivious to the movement and the real reasons behind the anti-Wall Street sentiment.

Hey, Mitt Romney!!!   The Occupy Wall Street Movement was not Obama’s idea!  It was OUR idea!  The idea of the PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY!  That would be the 99%!  Now, if you can get elected by the 1%, after all, you say that “corporations are people, my friend,” I guess you’ll have worked some kind of magic.  Go for it, man, you don’t have my vote, but then, I’m not part of your 1% so I guess you don’t need me anyway.

Envy, It’s All About Envy

The most disconnected of them all.

The man has found a new word:  Envy.  Questions about corporations manipulating government in order enrich themselves are the result of envy.  Questions about corporate welfare (e.g. oil subsidies while criticizing govt support of solar R & D and the electric vehicle) are the result of envy.  Questions about closing tax loopholes for corporations and the 1% are the result of envy.

Oh yes, and Romney is also pulling the “class warfare” card.  I wonder how people felt after Bain Capital restructured and reorganized their companies.  You know, the ones who lost their jobs while the Bain “suits” walk away with millions in fees (you’ve seen the photo of Romney and his Bain buddies as happy as clams with the bills sticking out all over).  I’ll bet that those ‘restructured’ folks felt like they were casualties of some class warfare.

Mitt Romney and his Bain buddies

But, what else would we expect from someone who claims Bain Capital was a job creator?  It’s all about envy.

Just in case you have missed this one:

“I think it’s about envy,” Romney replied. “I think it’s about class warfare. I think when you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent vs. 1 percent, and those people who’ve been most successful will be in the 1 percent, you’ve opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God.”

Lauer asked, “Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as envy, though?”

“You know I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms,” Romney said. “But the president has made this part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach.”

See:  Shhhh! Romney wants economy talk in ‘quiet rooms’

The Daily Show and Power to the PEOPLE!

Have you read Lawrence Lessig’s book, Republic Lost?  I haven’t either, yet.  This book, however, has jumped to the top of my “must read” list.  Many of us have been blogging, talking, tumbling, etc. about the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) Movement and what it means. It sounds to me, as he talks about with Jon Stewart in the interviews below, like he has nailed it in the book.  If you have read the book, please comment below and let me know what you think.

The first segment is what was televised on The Daily Show Dec. 13, 2011; the second is the continuation of that interview, online only.  To get directly to the interviews, click on the black bars.

What is going on:  Lawrence Lessig Extended Interview Pt. 1  (06:06)

The Solution:  Lawrence Lessig Extended Interview Pt. 2 (07:25)

Am I Mad? YES!

Someone who will remain nameless posted a criticism of the Occupy Movement and those who support on that social networking site that cannot be named.  It made me stinking MAD!

Thinking People everywhere should question the American Occupy Movement, especially if they agree with the sentiments expressed by the protesters. Most of the occupiers are no doubt part of the American 99%. However on a global basis when you consider humanity as a whole, most of them are in the top 1%, or at least will be once they get into their work life.

Yes, they want the top 1% in America to shift wealth and income downward to them. But, no, they are not willing to shift their wealth, income, and privilege down to the truly needy in the third world.

They are asking of others what they are unwilling to do themselves.

Mr. FB poster, don’t you even begin to try and make this the common person’s problem!  Your post definitely shows in which category you fall, 99 or 1%, because you are trying to make me feel guilty for wanting to have a roof over my head, a job, and food on the table.  Are you suggesting that we should go without?  Will that cure the poverty problems of the world?  Your post, SIR, shows how lazy you are, how unwilling you are to upset your status quo.  Ours has already been upset by the financial greed of the corporate machine and the power drunkenness of our politicians.

The Occupy Movement is about making CHANGE! Do you ever ask why the banana farmers or diamond miners in So Africa or people in oil-exploited countries are so very poor while the leaders of many of those countries are corrupt and rich? What about the Corporations (most of them with U.S. roots) that are in those countries who keep the leaders in place so that there are no regulations, no labor laws, no environmental protections for the exploited workers? What about those Corporations, oil, agriculture, mineral extractions, etc. that keep the poor exactly where they are?   What about Chevron in the Amazon?  What about the garment workers in Saipan? What about banana farmers in the Philippines?

The Occupy Movement is about making Corporations responsible not only for how they treat us, but also about how they treat the poor of the world. It is about breaking the connection between Corporate money and buying of policy not only here but all around the world.  The Occupy Movement is about changing the SYSTEM!  If you are not willing to find out and accept what is really going on, here’s what you can do: