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Let Them Eat Cake: 10 Examples Of How The Elite Are Savagely Mocking The Poor

There is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard and making a lot of money, but there is something wrong with being completely arrogant and smug about it.  Today, many among the elite are savagely mocking the poor, and that is a huge mistake.  You shouldn't kick people when they are down.  There are tens of millions of Americans that are deeply frustrated about losing their homes, losing their jobs or barely being able to survive in this economy.  These frustrations have been one of the primary reasons for the rise of the Tea Party movement and the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  What these movements have in common is that people in both movements are sick and tired of the status quo and they want something to be done about our broken system.  There are huge numbers of families out there right now that have just about reached the end of their ropes.  Instead of showing compassion, many of the ultra-wealthy have decided that it is funny to mock the poor and those that are suffering.  So how are all of these protesters going to respond to the "let them eat cake" attitude of the Wall Street elite?  The protesters are being told that nothing that they can do will change anything and that they should be grateful for what Wall Street and the ultra-wealthy have done for them.  They are essentially being told that they should just shut up and go home.  So will we see these protest movements become discouraged and die down, or will the patronizing attitudes of so many among the elite just inflame them even further?

Right now, there really are two different "Americas".  In one America, the stock market is surging, corporate profits are soaring and BMW is operating factories at 110% of capacity just to keep up with demand.

In the other America, unemployment is rampant, millions of families are being kicked out of their homes and more than 45 million Americans are on food stamps.

There is more economic frustration in this country today than there has been at any other time since the Great Depression.  We are watching pressure build to very dangerous levels.

It is important to note that I certainly do not agree at all with the solutions being put forward by the organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests.  As I have written about previously, collectivism is one of our biggest problems, and more collectivism is not going to solve anything.

But it is definitely understandable that people are incredibly upset about this economy and that they want to protest.  Most Americans realize that something is fundamentally wrong with our economic system.

Unfortunately, most of them do not understand how we have gotten to this point or what it is going to take to fix things.  That is one of the reasons why I write about economic issues so much.  We desperately need to educate America.

But what is undeniable is that there is a growing rage in this country that protest movements such as the Occupy Wall Street are giving a voice to.

Our system is badly broken.  The people out there protesting in the streets may not understand much, but they do understand that something needs to change.

The Wall Street elite should be taking these protests as a signal that they need to get their house in order.  The status quo just is not going to cut it.  But instead of taking leadership and calling for significant change, many among the elite are openly mocking the protesters.

The incredible arrogance displayed by so many on Wall Street and by so many in Washington D.C. is absolutely appalling.

The following are 10 examples of how the elite are openly mocking the poor in America today....

#1 According to an article in The New York Times, poor families that lost their homes to foreclosure were openly mocked during a Halloween party thrown by the law firm of Steven J. Baum.  This particular law firm represents many of the largest mortgage lenders in the United States....

The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonly referred to as a “foreclosure mill” firm, meaning it represents banks and mortgage servicers as they attempt to foreclose on homeowners and evict them from their homes. Steven J. Baum is, in fact, the largest such firm in New York; it represents virtually all the giant mortgage lenders, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Photos from this Halloween party are posted on The New York Times website.  To say that they are appalling would be a huge understatement.  The following is how The New York Times described one of the photos....

In one, two Baum employees are dressed like homeless people. One is holding a bottle of liquor. The other has a sign around her neck that reads: “3rd party squatter. I lost my home and I was never served.” My source said that “I was never served” is meant to mock “the typical excuse” of the homeowner trying to evade a foreclosure proceeding.

#2 To many on Wall Street, the OWS protests are one big joke.  In fact, Wall Street executives have been spotted sipping champagne while watching the Occupy Wall Street protests from their balconies.

#3 In response to the Occupy Chicago protests, signs were put up in the windows of the building where the Chicago Board of Trade is located that spelled out this sentence: "We Are The 1%".

#4 Many columnists for major financial publications have had no fear of mocking the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  For example, Doug Hirschhorn recently wrote the following for Forbes....

As your Occupation of Wall Street continues, you may want to grasp a few things. First, it is not going to change anything in the short term and probably not much in the long-term either.

I hate to be the bearer of that news, but money makes the world go round and “Wall Street” is all about money. Second, the top traders, banks and hedge funds are still going to out earn and generate substantial profits from speculating on the disconnects in the prices of things generated from all the moving parts in the global economy and it has nothing to do with why you lost your house or job or can’t find a job. If anything the successful ones are helping you, your pensions funds, retirement savings and the economy in general. If Wall Street stops. The world stops. Period.

#5 Instead of attempting a balanced report on the Occupy Wall Street protests, Erin Burnett of CNN openly made fun of them during a recent broadcast.  After being a stalwart on CNBC for so many years, Burnett has very close ties to Wall Street and apparently she does not like anyone criticizing her friends.  You can see video of Burnett mocking the Occupy Wall Street movement right here.

#6 Barack Obama continues to mock the poor by telling them to cut back on vacations and little luxuries like going out to eat while at the same time sending his own family out on incredibly expensive vacations.  The following is one example I noted in an article earlier this year....

Barack Obama recently made the following statement to American families that are struggling to survive in this economy: "If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation." A few days after making that statement Obama sent his wife and children off on yet another vacation, this time to a luxury ski hotel in Vail, Colorado.

Later on in that same article I mentioned another outrageously expensive vacation taken by the Obamas that was paid for by our taxes....

Back in August, Michelle Obama took her daughter Sasha and 40 of her friends for a vacation in Spain.

So what was the bill to the taxpayers for that little jaunt across the pond?

It is estimated that vacation alone cost U.S. taxpayers $375,000.

During a time when so many millions of American families are deeply, deeply suffering it is truly appalling that the residents of the White House would be so insensitive.

#7 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain recently declared that anyone that is unemployed or poor in America should only blame themselves....

"Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."

#8 Sometimes our politicians are so insensitive that it is almost hard to believe.  In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News while she was still the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi stated that we need poor people to have less children because it costs the government so much money to take care of them....

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

#9 Warren Buffett has some interesting observations on class warfare.  He is one of the few wealthy Americans that is willing to say what everyone else is thinking.  Back in 2006, Buffett was quoted as saying the following in an article in The New York Times....

“There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Buffett was not taking pride in the fact that the elite have won, but there are many others among the elite that are very proud of what they have done and they are not afraid to look down on the poor.

The level of income inequality that we have in the United States today is absolutely amazing.  According to data from a few years ago, the average household income for the top 0.01% of all Americans was $27,342,212.  According to that same data, for the bottom 90% of all Americans the average household income was just $31,244.

#10 Every single day, our "representatives" in Washington D.C. are living the high life at our expense.  It is amazing that out of the entire population of the United States, we continue to overwhelming elect rich people to Congress.  As I noted in a recent article, more than half of all the members of Congress are millionaires, and the median wealth of a U.S. Senator in 2009 was 2.38 million dollars.

Without a doubt, the wealthy rule over us all and they intend to maintain control and perpetuate the system which has rewarded them so handsomely.

When necessary, they are not afraid to call in the police to bust some skulls.  Sadly, we are already seeing some brutally violent confrontations between law enforcement authorities and Occupy Wall Street protesters in many areas of the country.  The other day, I wrote about the horrific violence that took place in Oakland recently....

Unfortunately, the authorities are not just going to sit by and watch these protests happen.  In fact, they are already clamping down hard in many areas of the nation.  For example, police in Oakland recently used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the Occupy protest in that city.  When police opened fire, the streets of Oakland literally became a war zone for a few minutes.  You can see shocking videos of the violence here, here and here.

Power and wealth have become incredibly concentrated in the United States today.  As one scientific study demonstrated recently, the elite control almost the entire global economy.  In fact, the University of Zurich study discovered that there are just 147 gigantic corporations at the core of it all.

It is not a good thing that such a very small group of people completely dominates all the rest of us.

Once again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard, making great contributions to society and becoming very wealthy.

However, what we have today is a fundamentally broken system that funnels most of the wealth and most of the power into the hands of the ultra-wealthy and the gigantic corporations that they own.

It would be great if the American people could come together and work to make some positive changes to our system.

But right now, it appears that strife, discord and hatred are going to continue to rapidly grow in this country.  We have become a very divided nation and we are watching anger and frustration grow to very dangerous levels.

All of this is a recipe for mass chaos.  Our country is marching toward a date with disaster and right now we show no signs of changing course.

Please pray for America.

We definitely need it.

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  • dmitry

    dear fellow bloggers,

    I honestly don’t understand the “occupy movement”. Do we really need to demonstrate and act on it?

    please advise,

    dmitry

    • 007

      I am very suspicious of Occupy wall street. There may be some well intentioned protesters like the ones objecting to bank bail outs and the FED. However, the majority of the movement is composed of radical left wing groups including the unions. When Van Jones and Trumpca are egging them on and calling for violence we should all be very concerned.

      Everyone knows bailouts are wrong and our economy is in big trouble. However, the big risk is to let left wing mob demonstrations distract everyone from the real problems and the real solutions. I can assure everyone radical socialism and left wing agenda is absolutely the wrong answer.

      I believe occupy wall street is a very dangerous and dark movement. It will eventually turn violent and be used by the left as an excuse to impose their agenda on us all. Everyone needs to pay attention to who is running this show.

      • Michael

        007:

        That is very true.

        Michael

      • Orange Jean

        I agree with you completely!

        Also, I’ve heard that OWS people have kicked out homeless people who have been coming to eat. That sounds like an “elitist” attitude to me.

        • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

          “I’ve heard, I’ve heard, I’ve heard”. Where did you hear? You need to document something this inflammatory. I flat out don’t believe it.

          You know, IF this happened, there are ass*****s in every movement, on every side of every position. When you use them to debunk whatever argument is on the table, you are nothing more than a tool of it’s opposition. Of course radical 1% right wingers are planting suggestions like this. What could possibly be more “ELITIST” than the arrogant banksters of wall street?

          THIS is why we are in this state, because people are so easily distracted by the latest spicy rumor.

      • REED RICHARDS

        007,

        You and Michael play this cynical game where you beat up the OWS people and praise the teabaggers when in reality there is no difference in either group. Teabaggers support the republican wing of the war party and the occupy wallstreeters support the democrat wing of the war party. Result: Big banks and corpoate power maintains its iron grip and more pain and suffering is dished out. In short, the status quo remains ensconced. So what are you people so upset about? You are getting exactly what you want…………

        • 007

          The Tea Party is not a branch of the Republican party. We voted out a bunch of Rino Republicans and replaced them. The Tea Party is trying to change the fundamental platform of the Republican party. It seeks less taxes, less spending, smaller government and less intrusion in our lives. It also hates the bailouts. The tea party is not a stooge of the Republican party. If a true economically conservative democrat ran with these principles he would be supported. It is definitely not the same thing.

      • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal (GT)

        Yeah. I agree about OWS movement too. There’s some valid points but a lot of it looks be just plain anarchy mindset. Though I think that in many ways these people are just looking for a way to express their frustrations and ideals and as such have penned it on this movement. I think if they were doing a better job of keeping things clean and working with business owners of area they would have a better platform to speak from.

    • Rowell

      Demonstrating is definitely better than doing nothing. IT lets them know “we’re on to you and we’re not going to put up with it any more”.

      • Game Over

        My Demands? Simple:

        1) Revolution
        2) *****************************

        V is for vendetta…

      • REED RICHARDS

        Rowell,

        Won’t put up with it anymore? How do you figure when the same two wings of the war party remains in power. For as long as that is the case, you, they, and everyone else will absolutely put up with it………….

    • DownWithLibs

      It’s just the Libs thinking that they are on to something.

    • Marco

      dmitry, there is a good video on youtube with Gerald Celente – I think you’ll like his assessment of it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MGBqRCc8ps

  • Nexus789

    Its like the roaring twenties all over again…the rich and greedy living it up while the rest of the world goes to hell in a hand basket. This cannot end well as those that have will not give anything…..this is the nature our species along with the dehumanization of other people that are less fortunate. The rich idiots and mouthpieces obviously believe the drivel they spout.

    It would be interesting to chart the wealth of politicians before they enter Congress and the Senate and see why it is so attractive to toady up to vested interests and lobbyists as it makes them wealthy.

    • 007

      It would not be so insulting if we had not bailed them out first.

  • Morpheus

    I’m not worried about the so call elite. They are not elite or smart. They’re just rich. If they were smart they should very be cautious. Their time of rule is coming to an end and there is nothing that will stop it. Our systems, both government and economic will collapse. We don’t have a choice but to change. It’s coming. Yes Michael, education is the key. Because once the people know they are free, The revolution will be over. No one chooses to be a slave. For instance, when people learn there is no need for taxes, foreclosures, unemployment food stamps, working 40 to 80 work week and working 2 or 3 jobs at a time. They will through off their chains. I know it’s bit much for most people to believe. Not only do we have an education problem. We have a self esteem problem.

    We are the most advanced civilization ever to live. Once people understand who they are and what they have, they’ll never settle for less again. They wont have to.

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    - You can thank me later -

    • knightowl77

      Morph your decision “matrix” is faulty….
      Throughout human history that majority of people have always had to do back breaking work while a few privileged people have had it easy….Who built the pyramids while the rich priests and ministers lived in relative comfort. In the Middle Ages it was serf and peasant that toiled 7 days a week while the king and nobility lived in relative comfort…
      When it collapses (and it will) you will either work very hard tending your crops and protecting your property or you will starve to death. Man must toil to survive…Be careful what you wish for….

      • GreenMountain

        This appears to be true. And we are all responsible for our status in life.

        “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.” ” — Robert Heinlein

      • GreenMountain

        Michael– I can’t say I’m a big fan of this article. At least a few items on this list were either NOT mocking, or just some good old fashioned advice.

        #8. I can’t believe that “nocturnal beast with large eyes” Nancy Pelosi actually said something intelligent and responsible. She is spot on. Why would anyone want to have kids who can’t afford them?

        #4. Again, spot on. Why have we turned into a pathetic society that cannot handle a little truth or tough love? It’s absurd.

        #9. This is the one I think is ridiculous. Buffet is just being a phony panderer who is trying to look like some self-effacing nobleman. Anyone with half a brain can see through this schtick. Why doesn’t he put his money where his mouth is and do something for the poor or homeless people, like build them affordable housing complexes? He’s just a transparent hack.

    • DownWithLibs

      Yes, I would not want to be among the “elite”. Nothing like constantly looking over your body guards shoulders when stepping out for a loaf of bread!

  • Jade

    “Pride goeth before a fall”.

    Leap2020.eu says that the big banks are going down, down, down in the first half of 2012, this includes B of A, JP Morgan and the others.

    After the big banks are toast, then cometh the reckoning by which these moral reprobates are hunted down and brought to justice.

    These people look untouchable now, but this party is just getting started.

  • Jim

    Michael,

    Good article. I definitely agree with your idea for praying for America. We need His help for our leaders and the people.

  • Barn Cat

    This article is way off base. The “rich” can’t learn anything from the Occupy idiots. Not unless it’s the fact that a lot of them have the capacity for violence. The economy sucks but the rich have nothing to be sorry for. It’s all class envy on the part of the ignorant and Marxist Occupiers. A lot of those people think violence is OK. Obama is encouraging the protestors instead of warning them to obey the law.

    • Michael

      I am not advocating that they get any solutions from the Occupy protesters.

      Rather, all of this anger should be a signal to them that something is up and that they should reconsider some of the things they have been doing.

      Michael

      • REED RICHARDS

        Michael,

        THEN WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU ADVOCATING?

        Let me be crystal clear. Not by any stretch of the imagination am I part of the 1% .1%, or .01%. However, I do subscribe to the wealthy elite’s solution that the poor should eat cake. And here is why:

        Reason one: People, for their own idiotic and selfish reasons, idolize the rich, fantasize about being rich, and will support any system, fair or not that allows the rich to evade taxes, run them out of business, and engages in class warfare by funneling tax payer funds and profits in the form of bailouts to corporations and banks. Latest poll still says that 20 percent of the dumbed-down masses still think that in ten years time they will be rich. Go figure…………..

        Reason two: As stated, and which is demonstrably true, the massess time and time and time again keep electing and reelecting these sociopathic and psychopathic millionaires and billionaires to public office. Even a moron has to ask himself/herself the question which is if you put the super rich into positions of power, who on earth do you think is going to benefit from ther policies and programs? If the masses don’t know the answer to that one, they should kill themselves now and save the wealthy elites the trouble and the expense in doing it for them.

        IN A NUTSHELL:

        MY MOTTO IS SIMPLE: I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR PEOPLE WHOSE WOUNDS ARE SELF-INFLICTED:

        The Janus effect is still in play. Don’t know if you are coming or going. You seem to be all over the place on the issue of the wealthy elite. As for bringing people together, keep banging those anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage drums. They are proven winners in bringing people from all walks of life together for a common cause. NOT!

        Let the shrinking middle class and the poor eat cake. I applaud the super rich for mocking these people. Why? because their wounds are self inflicted. The asylum states of amerika has, from day one, thought of the wealty elites as gods and goddesses to be worshipped and coddled. Witness when Billary Clinton bought over 5 million dollars worth of real estate in Chappaqua NY and Washington DC. These two bought two big houses in two of the most expensive locales and do you know what joe the plumber and jane the dressmaker did? These working class people then went out and bought toasters, waffle irons, etc., Chinese made appliances from walmart and gave them to the Clintons. Why would any working class stiff working an hourly wage then turn around and take their hard-earned money and by appliances for two people who just bought 5 million dollars worth of real estate? For that reason alone they should be mocked.

        In the end, what it all boils down to is that amerikans always have to learn their lessons the hard way…………….

        • Vandal

          @ reed richards

          I tend to agree with your premise. I’m well aware that for most people circumstances are in decline. For many, things will continue to get worse. However, I went down to see the “occupy charlotte” movement for myself. I wanted to see firsthand, without MSM bias, who these people are. Was their message deserving of support and could I identify with these individuals. The conclusion I came to was that I can not in anyway identify with them. The individuals I saw all displayed a dibilitating character flaw: lack of personal accountability. They have emersed themselves in a culture of ignorance and insecurity and continually displayed poor judgement. They are the same individuals you and I grew up with that made poor decision after poor decision. Now that things are progressively getting worse, the results of those decisions has manifest itself. The noose is tightening and those poor decisions have consequences.

        • GreenMountain

          Reed– It appears to me you are equating the necessity of wealth with the necessity of poverty. There is no reason whatsoever for people– for anyone– to be poor. And it doesn’t matter how many thousands of millionaires and billionaires there are. Don’t forget, the size of the pie can be as large as we want it to be. It has nothing to do with attacking others that have a larger piece of it than you do.

        • antistupidity

          Wow, what a long winded piece of drivel. I suppose your entire post could be summed up as thus: for the poor and majority of America–shut up, quit whining and go back to work. What, there are no jobs? well that’s YOUR fault.

          Indeed you probably are not part of the 1%, but you’re far worse; you are the very ones who kiss their feet while having nothing but contempt for the common man. You are what Lenin referred to as “the useful fool”, the one who apologizes and carries water to the very ones who oppress the masses. You are despicable.

    • Michael

      It is NOT class envy. It is people frustrated by long term unemployment and poverty (and yes, some of it was caused by the nefarious deeds of wall street, whose actions collapsed us into a deep recession back in late 2007). Stop accusing poor people of class warfare..

      • REED RICHARDS

        Michael,

        But again, the question must be asked and answered, and that is, how on earth did we get to this point? And I gave you the answer in the two reasons that I cited. People in Amerika worshipped greed, celebrity, wealth, etc. By and large they still do. What do you think the lottery and casinos represent? People’s aspirations to attain large amounts of wealth without working for it. Why would people line up for three days in advance to see Sarah Palin? Why would joe the plumber and jane the dressmaker buy chinese made appliances sold at walmart for people who just bought 5 million dollars worth of real estate? (as if the Clintons need their ten dollar toasters or 8.99 dollar irons.) Also, white collar professionals, why did they not stand up and put forth their voice to stop NAFTA, GATT, WTO, etc.? Why? Because that large sucking sound that first started was only blue collar (mainly poor white and minority) jobs disappearing. Since the pain could not be felt by them they said, oh well, they should just get educated and do something else, as if tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt is easy to pay off.

        Well, time for the masses to pay the piper for their shortsightedness……………

    • Gary2

      The rich will soon learn that there are more have nots and never wills than haves. The wealth they stole will be taken back.

      Payback will be a bitch

  • Gary2

    How long have I been saying tax the rich and spread the wealth? Like forever. until the wealth and income inequality is solved nothing will change.

    We can be mocked all they want, I think they are doing so out of fear of the coming change.

    I submit the OWS has already worked in that we are now seeing MANY more articles on wealth and income inequality.

    Here is a thought I heard somewhere-unless the elite agree and fix the system, the 99% will vote in politicians who will simply move us towards socialism as the 99% can clearly see that capitalism is not working out too well for them. There may be crony capitalism but as history clearly shows capitalism will ALWAYS devolve into the crony type we have now.

    If something can not go on forever it won’t.

    • 007

      Yea, we sure need socialism. I am sure that is just the right answer. It didn’t work for Russia, Europe or any country for that matter. It has ended in utter financial disaster everywhere it has been tried. Socialism is the essence of a two class society. 99 percent is very poor and the 1% rule everyone and everything in life. Taxing the rich. The über rich will never have the higher rates apply to them. The 99% will never see anything but crumbs. It will just choke the economy more.

      • REED RICHARDS

        007,

        Your response is based on the faulty and idiotic premise that somehow, the asylum states of amerika is not socialist, which it clearly is. Clearly what you have is Socialism for the wealthy and crony, murderous capitalism for everyone else.

    • Jake

      Gary2, are you still under employed? CSX railroad is hiring. These are good middle class jobs with good benefits and RR retirement, not Soc Sec. Get an application and start earning some big $. Then maybe the govt. will take it from you and give it to me.

      • Gary2

        did not see this in WI. I can’t and won’t ever move for a job that I will just get laid off from. I have seen too many people move across the country for a job only to be let go within a year.

        • 007

          I’d hold out for a management position, Gary. Can’t be to picky when it comes to a job. Honker down with the food stamps and government aid until you find a job dignified enough for you to consider.

    • knightowl77

      So, since you won’t move to Cuba where your plans are already in place, move to Sweden or Denmark. They’re in place there as well, and they are rapidly approaching Cuba’s standard of living…..while the Muslim underclass demands more and more wealth redistribution… I give Europe less than 5 years before they implode…

      • bobbobbobbob

        cee u in med school as a cada___

      • Gary2

        I assume you saw the report just released that show Denmark, Norway et al beating the USA in EVERY measure.

        I would love to live in Norway. Its where my great great grand father came from.

        I have some older relatives who go there for long vacations and when they come back they rave about the wonderful safety net programs. Hell in Norway the government even pays for you to take a vacation. Paradise!

        How about buying me a ticket to go and check it out?

        • 007

          It’s amazing how nice things look when you are charging everything and putting off paying everything. Greece was the model of socialism a couple years ago. Denmark and Norway are just two steps behind Greece. Have you noticed neither country has a private sector economy. They make nothing and provide no meaningful services. If you believe in the European welfare state now with it collapsing in flames, I believe I have a great investment in a Bernie Madoff fund you would love.

    • Mal R.

      Hey Gary

      Don’t Greece, Spain and Italy tax the rich and aren’t they socialists?

      The answer of course is yes. So how/why do you think it would work differently here if we enacted those policies?

      “There may be crony capitalism but as history clearly shows capitalism will ALWAYS devolve into the crony type we have now.”

      And history shows that your socialism always devolves into mass murder by the govt. How/why do you think it would be different here?

      • Gary2

        see Scandinavian countries to prove you wrong.

    • REED RICHARDS

      Gary2,

      Have you gone haywire friend? Taxing the rich is what got amerika to this point. The only way taxing the rich will ever work is if legalized bribes and payoffs called campaign contributions are declared null and void and strictly off limits. Until then, the rich will always bribe government to look out for their interest and you will end up back where you started from, which is where amerika is now.

  • Dave

    The culprits that are fleecing the American People and have a “let them eat cake” attitude, should be careful that the response from those they are fleecing, may very well be “let them eat lead” Just saying…. ;)

    Liberty or Death and Long Live The Republic

    • REED RICHARDS

      Dave,

      Seriously? With the brain dead teabaggers and occupy wall streeters, the wealthy elites have nothing to fear. In fact the wealthy elite are now asking the dumbed-down masses the following question: Hey 99%, which do you prefer, Bundt or Pound?……………

  • Highspeed

    Some ststs for you Michael from NC. Poverty rate is really climbing here.

    http://www.gastongazette.com/news/gaston-62658-poverty-rate.html

    • Michael

      Thanks for that article. Often it is readers that will point me to some of the very best information.

      Michael

    • uncurable wound

      I sent that info to highspeed @gmail.If the add is different let me know.uncurable wound@gmail.
      A lot of people hurting in Mn also…Im really starting to see it in their faces…and wallstreet parties on…
      Can you say Roaring 20s
      Here it comes…

      • Highspeed

        Thanks Uncurable,

        I’ll check it out tonight when I have a few hours.

  • Tom

    “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

    While I am sure that everyone would like to be rich, most people would settle for a good, middle class job of old that allowed one to have a good home and food on the table. But those jobs are being eliminated every day. All that is left are jobs requiring a high level of education or service jobs.

    Contrary to the old saying, you can’t be anything that you set your mind to. If that were the case, we would all be M.D.s or Olympic level athletes. Most average people are just that: Average, in intelligence and abilities. Yet the opportunities for those people are being destroyed, and then those average people are mocked for being average.

    I certainly don’t know what the solution to this is, but I know that this train of events can’t go on. As the article stated, it can only lead to bad things.

    • Mainuh1

      +1 THIS

      The middle class has been marginalized by technology. Repetitive assembly line jobs are no more – the bottom line – larger profits for business. The average job for the average worker is going the way of the Dodo. Our way of life is doomed because without a middle class to purchase goods and services there will be no global economy.

      • Michael

        Thank you for the “+1″. It really does help out significantly.

        Michael

    • REED RICHARDS

      Tom,

      JUST FOLLOW THE SARAH PALIN AND LINDSAY LOHAN MODEL AND YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE RICHES THAT YOUR HEART’S DESIRE…………

      Wrong answer. These people are not being mocked because they are average. These people are being mocked, and rightfully so, because they are FOOLS………..

    • Golden Child

      You forgot to mention the least talented and worst non-producing “workers” in the government and big corporations are benefiting the most in this economy simply because they work union-protected positions where they surf porn all day at inflated salaries and cannot be fired.

      There is a huge lie being spread by American companies through the mainstream media that American workers “don’t have necessary skills” to perform jobs. The reality is that American company executives and owners would rather cash in on cheap labor on the other side of the globe. Contrary to what is plastered in the media, there is no shortage of intelligent, capable and educated people to do jobs in America. That’s right. There is NO shortage of capable engineers, scientists or nurses in America, the Federal Reserve just wants more student loan debt slaves to harvest. America doesn’t need anymore college grads. America’s economy was in much better shape 50 years ago when barely anyone had a college degree.

  • http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com George Forfa

    No, it’s worse than mocking. The work camps and beggar government programs are being phased in, now. Wall St. is about to make an offer that Socialist expectations can’t refuse.

    http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/wage-slave-2012-update-10262011/

  • Colin

    The Republicans are proposing to have the poor pay more in taxes. They would like to see the poor pay federal income taxes. If this passes, this will drive the poor deeper into the abyss.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/tax-the-poor-conservative-plan-occupy-wall-street_n_1064685.html?1319998619

    I watch several talk shows this weekend. The pundits are starting to recognize that there is a growing resentment within the populace and that there is a growing disconnect between groups of people in this country. The people are particularly resentful for their prospects for themselves are diminishing.

    The only way that our current situation will change is when the wealthy are confronted with a major revolution and the possible loss of their lives and property. As long as the wealthy are protected by the legal system and the political class, they will continue to act with impunity.

    • mark

      Colin, the poor should have to pay something for government services. They use more of them. If the poor paid more for these services, they might think twice before using them as often.

    • 007

      45% of the country pays no federal tax whatsoever. I would hope we can all agree that the poor paying to much tax is not our problem. I believe it is destructive to have citizens paying absolutely nothing in tax and voting to raise everyone else’s taxes. I bet evenGary might think twice about raising taxes if his were also raised.

      • Gay Veteran

        007: “45% of the country pays no federal tax whatsoever….”

        That is a total LIE. You think most of the 45% aren’t paying Federal Social Security and Medicare taxes?!?!?

      • REED RICHARDS

        007,

        45% of the masses pay no taxes and the top 1% keeps getting corporate welfare and bank bailouts. AND YOUR POINT IS………?

        • 007

          45% pay no federal income tax. In fact many get thousands back by claiming earned income credits and child care credits, work pay credits, tuition credits. So yes a vast amount of the population pay zero federal tax after taking into account all of the credits and refunds they are receiving.

          In order to create economic growth and jobs and sane economic policies, we need a fair tax system where everyone pays an equal percentage of their income. Where you do not have 45% ( non taxpayers) of the country voting for more and more handouts that the rest of the country has to pay for.

      • Colin

        The poor pay other taxes. They pay taxes on:
        * State Income Taxes
        * Local Income Taxes
        * Property Tax
        * Sales Tax
        * Social Security
        * Medicare
        * Workmen’s Comp

        When I worked at Target in 2003, I was putting money into a 401K and health insurance. During my time at Target, there were two instances where I received a zero check – a check with no money because everyone else got the money.

        The reason that the poor don’t pay federal income tax is that this tax kicks in after a person exceeds a set amount. These people don’t meet that criteria; therefore, they don’t pay the tax.

        I find it amazing how often people forget that there are other taxes besides capital gains and federal income.

        • 007

          When tax kicks in for all of us is a political decision someone made about our income tax system. It has gotten us into this mess. Everyone has to pay all of these other taxes. The one running a 70 trillion dollar deficit is the federal income tax and why only half the country pays it is nothing but politics.

          If I was exempt from paying any tax and could vote up whatever goodies I wanted and have you pay for it, it would be immoral for me to do so. However, we have gone down this road and it is destroying the economy.

        • 007

          Maybe the criteria should be changed where you should be required to pay your “fair share” of tax. Today your fair share of the national debt is $48,032.72. You can multiply that amount by 5 if you want to add your unfunded costs for social security and Medicare.

          As for social security and Medicare, we would all be better off if we could opt of these taxes. It will never be here when we are able to retire.

      • Gary2

        turn off fox.

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Buzz

    A. Close the borders.
    B. Remove all illegal aliens from our country.
    C. stop providing any benefits to anyone who is not a citizen.
    D. Revamp education to actually teach English, math, science, and history of the USA.(no more feel good waste of time crap)
    E. No welfare without clean drug tests.
    F. Federal work programs where you actually show up and perform productive work for receipt of benefits.
    G. Teachers will teach to be paid and are removed if they don’t perform.
    H. Disruptive students are put in education camps run by the military and stay there being taught basic education, manners and hygiene until they can pass minimal achievement tests.
    I. Women will not be paid to have illegitimate childern and instead will be sterilized if they have a second.
    J. Marriage will be strongly encouraged and supported by the government.
    K. Manufacturing businesses will be given preference in bank financing and tax policy.
    L. No political correctness will be tolerated and merit will be the rule of all activities.
    M. The rule of law will prevail not social justice.
    N. Congress will be allowed to serve a maximum of 12 years with no continuing benefits provided and no benefit programs other than that available to any other citizen.
    O. Lobbying will be outlawed just as insider trading is, with strict penalties in place to insure compliance.
    P. Judges will only be allowed to serve a maximum of 12 years at all levels and must pass exams proving competency in the constitution.
    Q. Foundations will only be allowed to exist 20 years at a maximum level of $500 million and pay a 3% fee annually on principal for the right to conduct their activity, and any remaining amount after 20 years will be paid over to the treasury to reduce the national debt.
    R. Existing foundations will have 5 years to reduce down and then will be required to fall in line.
    S. All entitlement programs will be provided on a needs basis starting at 67 years old and reviewed for need and life span adjustments will be made every 5 years.
    T. federal tax will be very broad based with all income taxed with no deductions on a scale beginning at 3% above 15,000, 5% above 25,000, 7% above 35,000, 9% above 45,000. At 100,000 the rate would go to 15%. At 250,000 the rate would go to 17%. At 500,000 the rate would go to 20%. at 600,000 and every 100,000 thereafter, add 1% to the rate up to a total rate of 50%. Corporations will be taxed at 15% and dividends allowed to be deducted as an expense. Death tax will be set at 50% above 25 million. Family businesses will have ability to finance a very long term arrangement for any payment due.
    U. Honesty will be a virtue that will be taught and expected as part of our national honor.
    V. Media will be expected to improve our nation and will not be allowed to pervert our history nor our youth.
    w. The military will be removed from all nations that do not cover the cost of their presence and their presence must be voted on once every 5 years by a national vote of tax payers.
    X. Any changes to the operations of any and all government bodies must be approved by a national vote of tax payers.
    Z. All government activities must be reviewed and reapproved or terminated by congress once every 5 years.
    That should get us back on the right track and insure we are still The United States of America well into the future.

    • View from Europe

      “A.” – “M.” Absolutely great Ideas!

      In fact, we in Germany had all those things…around 1933 – 1945.

      It was called “Fascism”. Worked quite good at first, not so very good towards the end…don’t know why, exactly…

      • http://TheEconomicCollapse Buzz

        Well View from Europe, your confusion is most likely due to your lack of understanding the concept of personal responsibility and self reliance. Most Europeans today seem to share that short coming. The only thing Fascism ever worked well at was stealing from, and killing Jews, who in fact were fellow citizens. Not to worry though, your foolish immigration policies allowing Muslims to overwhelm your native populations will give you a new chance to make Fascism work.
        Good luck…

    • from Europe too

      Acually Iam from Germany too.

      I like most of the points, for special the ones where Goverment is called for accountibilty and servings time is leveled at 3 terms

      I also like the idea to go back to old fashioned basic teaching as well to hold people more responsible and accountible for their own actions.

    • bobbobbobbob

      thetaliban have defeateduu ur soreloosers but wait till the professional terminators come afteruu(usarmyguys)

  • mondobeyondo

    The 99 percent who are ticked off are about to have the elite for lunch. And yes, they will be the main course and dessert as well.

    A finger here, a toe there… pretty soon, you’re talking about a real person!

    • mondobeyondo

      Fast-backward to 1929.
      Different time, same situation.

  • mondobeyondo

    Just an observation from the desert hinterlands of Phoenix, Arid-Zona:

    We knocked off the Native Americans, we killed their buffalo, and now we’re about to turn on ourselves.

  • mondobeyondo

    In reference to #6… So glad to hear Sasha and her friends are seeing the world on our dime. Every child should have that opportunity. (And that is exactly the point!!) Not necessarily on the taxpayers’ dime of course, but you get the idea. Work hard, study hard, save your pennies and dimes, go to college, get a good job, etc. That America appears to be gone forever.

  • HeartofShadows

    I would agree with you mike on coming together for change but when you have a corrupt system that bites you at every turn then there is no way to use that system for good.
    At this rate with the news your letting out as well as our jokers here showing their true faces its only a matter of time before I see the wealthy being firebombed, beaten and shot dead in the streets.
    Can’t say it wouldn’t bring a smile to my face to see the mockers getting theirs.

  • denny

    So, what are your possible solutions, especially after trouncing ‘collectivism’? How will you stop the madmen from throwing our investment and growth money away on war? How will you stop these monsters from literally destroying our nation, killing foreigners who happen to get in the way of their steamroller? What, pray tell, do you offer as an alternative to this/their raging insanity? OWS is simply the beginning. It’s not even that bad yet – yet, but we’re getting there. A year or two – we’ll get to the point where the heads begin to roll. I am not part of OWS; but I understand enough to know that our elites are fools and hogs. One of the realities for all concerned is that the corporatists (Part of that ideology known as ‘corporatism’) don’t really need the consuming power of America anymore. They’re currently leveling their big consumer guns of Wall Street/Madison Avenue/military ‘security’ at China, Brazil and India. They’ve thrown us on the funeral pyre of lost jobs, busted savings/pensions and worthless real estate. Yeah, it’s all screwed up in favor of the rich. It’s THEIR war, buddy. They’ve declared war on the rest of us, they’re winning and you want to whine and warn about ‘collectivism’ ? *****************, I hope there are some folks out there who get together, form SOME kind of union to protect the aged, the children and the homeless from an approaching, menacing and brutal winter.

    • Michael

      If you read my other articles you would know that I consider “corporatism” to be another form of collectivism.

      Michael

      • denny

        Thank you, Michael, for continuing the discourse and not forming a resentment. You’re a better man than me, sir. As you can tell, I was angry when I wrote this. I appreciate your civility and I apologize for my needless criticism. It’s not my usual approach. However, I do stand by my main observation: We desperately need solutions however painful it may be in engaging them. It’s not and hasn’t been for a long time a struggle between left/right. It has evolved to what it always has been in the first place: The wealthy against the rest of us. We haven’t felt the destructive physical results of American military/banker/Wall St. actions yet, but the Iraqis, Afghanis, Somalis and Libyans have and that is ultimately where we’re headed. The final foreign policy weapon in America’s diplomatic arsenal has always been and will continue to be violence. If cajoling or carrots do not work, then “Crank the tanks!”, “If you don’t do as we tell you to do, we will bring the wrath of God down upon you!” One doesn’t have to travel far for proof. We see it every day. I have a very bad feeling concerning the ultimate fate of the OWS movement. What has been a demonstration of popular resistance and sentiment could, at any moment, expand into a landscape of never-ending misery. When one compares the actions and responses of a nation and government that was in a predicament as bleak as ours (Argentina) to the responses and actions of our government thus far, it becomes clear that the welfare of our citizens is the least of the government’s concerns. To concise the situation (which I understand is not necessarily necessary for this site’s audience, but I will repeat it anyway): All of the rescues, bailouts and fiscal interventions are simply tactical moves with two strategic goals: Impoverish our population and enrich the already wealthy even more. Some things must be described as simply as one possibly can and sometimes, though certainly not always, the simplest solutions are the most appropriate ones. Here’s three toots on the harmonica for some simple solutions to a seemingly complex situation!

        • Michael

          Denny:

          We definitely do need some solutions – I will agree with you on that.

          Unfortunately, it seems as though the American people are very, very divided on what those solutions are.

          So sadly I believe that means that we will just be in for more of the same for the foreseeable future.

          Michael

          • REED RICHARDS

            Michael:

            Divided you say? Need solutions you say?

            To bring people together: The 99 percent should be united behind the United States Constitution and stop using divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage to divide people

            Solutions: Stop voting for Democrats and Republicans, ideological far right and far left political pols who have the interests of the rich wealthy elites in mind.

      • denny

        P.S. I do read your pieces.

      • liberranter

        You’ve made that clear, Michael, and I really believe that most your readers do know the difference (whether or not they’ll admit it to themselves) between “corporatism” and “capitalism.” Sadly, there’s that five percent of the readership that doesn’t/cannot/refuses to know or accept this. They’re the ones, like the rusty little cog in the gigantic turbine, who make the most noise.

        Please continue to pound this point home repeatedly on this blog. The ability of the majority to distinguish real capitalism from crony state-corporatism will determine the direction in which economics will trend after the inevitable collapse of the present dysfunctional system.

    • 007

      Your post is full of advocation of hate, violence and unrest. Why don’t you quit whining and acting like a kid having a temper tantrum. We are not the first generation facing hard economic times. Anarchy and sosialism are definately not our answers. You have a vote. Deal with the real problems. Learn them and elect leaders who will fix them. At the end of the day that is our only option.

      • liberranter

        “Vote?” You think THAT is the answer to dealing with a crony-capitalist dystopia: use the rigged system created by the crony-capitalist class to sustain their own power to “work for change?”

        You really need to grow up. If that’s not possible, take a good, hard look at modern American history.

      • D

        “You have a vote. Deal with the real problems. Learn them and elect leaders who will fix them. At the end of the day that is our only option.”

        All politicians are paid for and in bed with the private, international bankers who fund their terms. They don’t care about you, nor have they ever fixed anything. Their sole goal is to get elected – the rest is an illusion made to divert the sheeples’ attention.

  • http://pennypincherpersonalfinance.blogspot.com Penny Pincher

    Thanks for the link to the 147 corporations article. I think I’m going to use that in my blog.

    The elites are fiddling while Rome burns.

  • Vic Morrow’s Bottom

    From what I have seen and read, the Occupy Wall Street crowd is, in general, very misinformed on both the cause and the solution to their problems. The cause of their problems is not Wall Street banks, it is the loose money policy by the FED and the Treasury Department and the gaming of markets to select “winners” and “losers” through government policy decisions. A perfect recent example of gaming the system by the government is the recent Healthcare law. If you are a business with enough connections and/or money to the Obama admisistration, you could get a waiver that exempts your company from being subjected to this law. The Healthcare law also allowed the Federal Government to take over all student loans to make it “easier” for borrowers to borrow, and to pay back their loans. Anyone who thinks that this will make the price of tuition drop, or will make the value of a college degree more valuable has no understanding of the law of supply and demand. Plus, the U.S. taxpayer will be left paying for the college graduates that don’t make enough money to repay their loans themselves. There is no risk to the person taking out the loan, nor is there any risk to the loan originator (Sallie Mae) since the taxpay is stuck paying for the bad loans that are made to students who do not make enough money to repay. Until personal accountability, honor, and responsibility are returned to our society, we are doomed to continue down the road to financial, moral, and societal ruin.

    • Been There Done That

      I’ve been down to Zuccotti Park several times and every time there has been a vast understanding of how the policies of our government as well as the manipulative workings of the FED have failed the 99% but have benefited the 1%. OWS is misunderstood… and I say this as someone who identifies with the Tea Party movement as well. I had the opportunity to attend a teach-in a few weeks ago and it mainly focused on the banks, the policies that allowed them to become “too big to fail”, Goldman Sachs and how they have hijacked much of our fiscal policy, as well as the FED loaning money to whomever they see fit. It was pretty awesome considering I had heard the same as you – that the people down there were spreading disinformation, and sure, there are a handful, but there are a lot of people down there who know what’s real and they are doing an amazing job educating the thousands of people who wander down there daily and have no idea what’s going on.

  • Ben Dover

    The 1% who hung those signs are surely praying that their security holds up.

    Kick people when they’re down and you better hope they’re never able to get up.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    The laughter will stop when the blood starts flowing.

    You can only build a wall so high around a gated community.

  • mark

    I find some of the actions of the law firm stupid. From my experiance as a landlord for 30 years some renters would make the I was not served excuse. But you still do not mock people when they are down and out. The rich and powerful will always make more money than the rest of us. I do not have a problem with them doing so. I do have a problem with Uncle Ben inflating the stock markets with free money and we get stuck with the bill while large stock holders get a free ride. The tax structure needs to change. While everyone should pay some taxes to help pay for some government, the middle class should pay less. The poor use government services more, so in turn the poor should pay something towards the use of these services. If the services are free to the poor, the services will alwats increase.Lets start with a 10% sales tax that everyone would pay on new items. Let’s not tax earned or unearned income below Somewhere below $300,000. All income above 300,000 to 500,000 would be taxed at 20% and above 500,000 tax at 25%. Capital gains would be taxed at 20% up to 500,000 and 25% for gains over 500,000. Corporate taxes could be at 20% and not allow then to deduct any wage package over 500,000. They can pay the CEO’s as much as they want but they could not deduct the amount over 500,000. This way old Warren Buffett would pay more than his workers. Whoever would want to save on the sales tax could grow a garden or buy a used car instead of a new car. This would help our middle class grow by allowing them to gain wealth so that they in turn might become rich.

  • JOHN

    WHERE I LIVE THEIR HAVE BEEN A NOTICEABLE AMOUNT OF NEW CONSTRUCTION BEING BUILT. like ALWAYS WE ALWAYS TRY TO GUESS WHAT IT MIGHT BE ONLY THIS TIME EVERY SINGLE CONSTRUCTION SAW IN A 15 MILE RADIUS IS CHASE BANK. WHERE I LIVE I HAVE 6 CHASE BANKS IN 3 MILE RADIUS WTF?? IS GOING ON WELL NOW I KNOW WHERE ALL THE MONEY THEY STOLED IS GOING TO. iTS SAD WHATS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE

  • Georgiaboy61

    Doug Hirschhorn, re: “If Wall Street stops. The world stops. Period.” Mr. Hirschorn might wish to study history a bit more and arbitraging a little less, because the lesson of history is that elites who ignore the economic pain of the masses eventually get it in the neck, sometimes literally (see the Reign of Terror). Wall St. exists, Mr. Hirschorn should know, because of a single word, namely trust. If people lose trust in Wall St., it could go down in flames. All people have to do is refuse to trust banks with their earnings and start putting them in a mattress instead of a money market fund.

    Re: “There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Buffett says there’s a class war, Buffett supported and still supports Obama, ergo Buffett and Obama are waging economic war on the American people. The truth of the matter is that Obama and Buffett et al. are neo-fascists. Not in the sense of Hitlerism, not yet anyway, but in the sense of Musslini’s original meaning of the word, i.e. the complete fusion of state and corporation.

    As for those smug folks on Wall St. putting up those “We are the 1%” signs and drinking champagne while they mock those less fortunate, they’d better pray that the people don’t get too angry with them… there’s lots of rope and plenty of lampposts around… Is this a threat? No, an accurate reading of history. Marie Antoinette said “Let Them Eat Cake,” and got a date with the guillotine for her trouble.

  • Maria

    I used to work in a position which involved interacting with wealthy people….millionaires….not ultra wealthy. Many of them were actually quite down to earth and considerate people….especially one on one. Several of them gave quite a lot of their wealth to charity. Many of these people built their businesses and understood what hard work meant….and they remember what it meant to do without. They were not flashy people. About the only time I saw anything “unlikeable” was in a group setting….the peer pressure, or “keeping up with the Joneses” thing kicked in. Not unlike a lot of average middle class people today.

    A few of the people I dealt with were just nasty, hard to get to know people. Some of them were narcissistic and had big egos, but I think that was usually a facade. They were lonely, unhappy people….very suspicious of everyone around them. I must admit, most of the difficult people seemed to deal with an inordinate number of family or “friends” taking advantage of them. Being surrounded by people who don’t care about you, only the money, would make you feel very lonely and bitter….and not very nice.

    Multiply that times a million for the ultra rich. I can only imagine what it must be like for them. Some of them build empires. Some of them inherit empires. Either way, I know they are constantly surrounded by what I call “the vampires and the leeches”. I think it would be very difficult to develop and maintain a moral character in that type of environment. Even if you were as pure as the driven snow in the beginning, it would be difficult not to become what surrounds you.

    So, today, we have a group of ultra wealthy people who have developed corporations and banks into the vampires and leeches of the world. They are sucking the life out of everything they grab on to. They have become what surrounds them. And they have turned our whole country into materialists.

    • Maria

      What did we expect them to become? Mother Teresa? Our whole nation has become a nation of vampires and leaches….materialists. We are all complaining about what has happened to our industry and jobs, but have we stopped buying from those corporations that took our jobs away? Have we stopped buying the stuff made from slave labor? Have we demanded that the wars for oil stop? What the heck are we doing in so many countries around the world? Making Haliburton richer? Why? 300+ million people in this country and we can’t elect 535 good people to represent us instead of the greedy corporations and banks?

      We aren’t just part of the 99. We are part of 7 billion people in this world. And we are all getting tired of the manipulation forced on us by our “leaders”. Tired of having toxic chemicals put in our drinking water, our vaccines, and our food supply. Tired of GMO. Tired of food and water scarcity. Tired of corporations that ruin our environment. And when we get sick, tired of a medical system which doesn’t try to cure problems….only treat symptoms. Tired of our do nothing politicians. Tired of the dumbed down education system that only wants to make us slave laborers and soldiers for their profitable wars. Tired of the entertainment companies that put out nothing but garbage to brainwash us and our kids into zombies. TIRED OF THE CONTROL AND MANIPULATION OF EVERYTHING.

      Fortunately, the mega rich do not control the universe.

      God does. He created all 7 billion of us. Why? So we can kill each other? That is crazy. He didn’t create this world so we could tear it apart. It was supposed to be a paradise.

      We messed up this world, and now it is up to us to fix it. The only way we can do that is to stop supporting the things that destroy it and us.

      The only way we can succeed is if we seek that for which God created us.

      Pray and listen.

      He will tell us how.

      • Lorin

        Well said, Maria. You have true insight, and thank you for sharing it!

        • Maria

          God bless you.

  • jonreb

    1 case 5.56 ammo. 325$. 1 colt ar 15 775$. paying for this on major bank credit card and mowing down 1% bankers party. priceless.

  • shypuffadder

    We need to stop allowing foreigners to divide this country by purchasing our mass media and feeding us a constant diet of distortion and misinformation. We should highly value the education of our citizens – they can help pay off their loans by giving back to the country the benefits of their knowledge (pay it forward). After 911, the most popular phrase in this country was, “We’re all in this together.” Too many have forgotten that we are still in this together. There is something that is rising from the citizens of this country that cannot be denied: Americans WILL fight for their rights… The majority in this country abhor violence, but don’t test us by putting our backs to the wall. Of course, the haters won’t fight for this country – they never have – but they did take up arms against the USA. Who knows the origin of the phrase “Give me liberty or give me death?” We know there is a peaceful way to bring this country back to greatness, but we are not a nation of cowards when it comes to protecting our rights. United we stand. Divided we fall.

  • Matt

    Do you think the people might be partially response for their fate? After all, they elected the politicians that got us into this mess.

    Who bailed out the big banks and indirectly Wall Street? What would have happened to Wall Street if the government had not bailed out the Credited Default Swaps issued by AIG?

    Payback is coming to the elites in America. The next crash will be unstoppable. It’s coming soon thanks to Europe.

    We are looking at another Great Depression. Remind me again about what came after the last Great Depression? Oh yes, it was World War II. We’re going to get one of those too.

    Don’t believe me?

    The signs are all there. You just have to pay attention:
    http://www.1913intel.com/2010/11/30/25-signs-that-point-to-nuclear-war/

    • D

      Many people are solely focused on the economic collapse but fail to realize that a major world war (WWIII) will ensue shorter after. Riots in the streets will be nothing compared to this. It will be nuclear.

  • Kevin2

    The arrogant wealthy need to hope every cop on the street attempting to keep order makes prudent sound decisions regarding the level of violence they use. One bad incident on video of a Kent State and it’s potentially a catalyst for very nasty repercussions that will probably start a tit for tat. Before long everything goes to hell as protests are no longer peaceable. Thats when it gets real ugly and everyone looses. Those rich mocking the poor will be retreating to gated communities, drive armored cars and have private security. All one needs to look at is Argentina. The poor will be in fear of both the police and other poor as violence once unleashed is not contained to the poor just going after the rich but feeding on the middle class and each other. Your not talking organized your talking anarchy.

    “No ones right when everyone is wrong”. “Step out of line, the man come and take you away”.

    Buffalo Springfield

    It’s the 1960s all over again but with the protesters coming from a much wider demographic group impossible to marginalize.

  • John

    The elite have a plan for us if we get too far out of line. Marshal law,FEMA concentration camps, and railroad cars with shackles inside. The only thing they have been doing is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Kicking the can down the road. Our debt load is mathematically unsustainable.Total collapse of the economic system is inevitable. Only then can we pick up the pieces and rebuild.

  • karen

    This is for Christians I am a Mayan and Hopi clan menber and their teachings are similar but they teach God is in you not outside of you like christians.What Will the Last Days Be Like?

    By David J. Stewart

    • Linda

      http://www.davidjstewartexposed.blogspot.com/

      It appears that the person whose writings you are referring us to is now worthy of listening to. I don’t take advice from child molesters. Character is everything.

      • Linda

        The word “now” was meant to be “not”in my earlier reply.

  • obamaville29

    what’s the difference between a wall st banker in 1929, and that of one in 2009?

    A, in 1929 they were throwing themselves off balconies on to the street below, while 2009 saw them comfortably sipping champaigne from their balconies…

    by virtue of ben,b

  • r.bitting

    He who oppresses the poor reproaches his maker, but he who honors him has mercy on the needy… Proverbs 14:31…… Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate, for the Lord will plead their cause and plunder the soul of those who plunder them… Proverbs 22:22-23.

    • Gary2

      Thats right gd, tax the rich!

      • r.bitting

        Gary, you supposedly attend church, but then you take God’s name in vain… Are the politicians any less a hypocrite than yourself? Are you really in position to judge them?

    • justamom

      Thank you for posting this verse.

  • Tim

    If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)

    • Michael

      Tim:

      Nice one!

      Michael

    • justamom

      This is a timely reminder. Thanks for posting this verse.

  • http://portlavacalots.com CTD

    Hello Micheal,
    I agree with you 100% that American need to be educated because most majority of American is not really knowing what is exactly going on with this country plus all the news from media is just providing them with more confusing and actually mis leading to the opposite direction. Most of the comments in this blogs is from the person is knowing the situation, but the number of bloggers are so small comparing to the American Population. I am really sorry to see what is coming but we are running out of time to help even with the technology that we have now a day. People at least need to understand the basic fundametal, but look like most majority is not.

  • http://theelevationgroup.net/presentation/register.php?a_aid=a6affed9&a_bid=290b868b John Jackson

    This is an Elite agenda. What’s going to take place in the economy in 2012 can bankrupt 95% of the population… (Fact: This has already happened in 30 distinctive countries during the last 100 years, and TWICE in the US!) Fewer than one in a hundred people understand what’s happening and even fewer know what to do about it. You owe it to yourself to be one of those who do. Get a clear and comprehensive picture for making informed decisions about your financial future in a format anyone can understand and gain access to it immediately. To learn how to not only survive the economic collapse but thrive from it and how to become a part of our movement to restore personal wealth and freedom please visit:

    http://theelevationgroup.net/presentation/register.php?a_aid=a6affed9&a_bid=290b868b

  • 623-3

    Those who refuse to use the power of the collective, will always fail to generate change enough for all. Victor Hugo said it clearly, “Any feat that one can do just for himself will always be small”. Renounce the power of the collective and you’ll be driven by others…

  • knightowl77

    I would never ever mock the poor for being poor. It is within me to mock people that I think are foolish and seriously misinformed as the OWS people are….I do not doubt that they may be poor and or suffering, but Wall Street is not the cause of their suffering. Wall Street is the symptom, not the cause.
    The morons of both parties in DC are to blame primarily. Their laws and regulations have created the climate for Wall Street to happen. The idiots in DC are the ones that made the rules of the game that Wall Street plays by.

    • JustanOGuy

      Very well stated… I don’t know why more people can’t understand that when it’s so, so obvious.

    • bobbobbobbob

      the rebuplicanterrorists have always used our money to export the good jobs google “tax credits to export us jobs”—- its over 4 amerikkka

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse David of OK

    It is like the folks in the upper class cabins on the Titanic are making fun of the folks in steerage that their cabins are filling with water. Don’t they realize that they are next? Don’t they realize that the folks in steerage are not just going to go quietly into the dark, cold waters of the Atlantic?

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Sp only one side is allowed to mock the other?? Is this the new political correctness?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMainStreetProject ex VRWC

    We miss the fact that the bible is far from silent on these things. Example:

    Isaiah 3:13-15

    The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.

    The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.

    What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

  • r.bitting

    ” Let them eat cake ” … Thats pretty accurate, because history is repeating itself, and you will see a remanifestation of the French Revolution in the very near future. The difference being, that this time it won’t be limited to one country but will be a worldwide phenomenon. Wow! When you understand that for what it truly means, and then follow it to it’s logical conclusion, which is world governance by one governing body, which will come about as a result of the people of the world looking for the solution through the political system. And they will get it too. The result will be a system thats far more oppressive than the previous one. Now, I know i’m just a poor, pathetic, decieved little Christian, who believes in this genie in the sky, But does’nt the Bible tell you that in the last days that this is EXACTLY what will happen? Is it possible, is it concievable that just maybe a creator God did inspire men to write his instructions for living in a book so that all men could know him and be saved?

    • mondobeyondo

      Meanwhile, the vast populace argues amongst itself.

      “Pound cake! Pound cake!!”
      “No! Chocolate!:
      “Strawberry shortcake, baby!”
      “Ya know why it’s called a pound cake? Because you use a pound of butter to bake it!” (That is actually true.)
      “Meow!” – “Arf! Arf!”

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    That last Baum photo (will work for food) brings tears to my eyes. Unbelievably callous. This woman should be ASHAMED.

    Or better yet, maybe someday SOON she’ll be in the situation she mocks — it might teach her a little humility and compassion.

    Yeah, let them eat *********.

  • indeed

    Finally, an intelligent article from “the economic collapse”.

    I’m very glad for ows. I don’t know who is funding them or how they can afford to do this for weeks on end, but I’ve seen tiny signs of change in peoples thinking from “it’s not MY problem” to finding tiny little changes in their lives and attitudes.
    You might call this movement “collectivism” or whatever denigrating term you can think of. They are doing exactly what they should do, which is not having a single demand. They have made us, we the people, to think for ourselves on what we have done to contribute to the evil. As a nation, we haven’t lost much yet. Most of the houses are still standing, the mechanics of society are still in place. To continue to reward greed, fraud and waste is the evil. You have a profound choice now – supported by others who are finally starting to think instead of blinding following the propaganda – to support them or not.

    Change the thinking and the war is won. Thank you, sooooo much ows! Please don’t get pulled into violence, you all have done a wonderful job and I mostly appreciate the Marine vet videos. A wonderful peaceful revolution!

    “When the people lead, the leaders will follow.” -Gandhi

    • Michael

      My other articles have not been intelligent?
      :(

      Michael

      • Gary2

        Just mostly right wing bias.

    • Mal R.

      That is some seriously uninformed drivel you have going on there.

    • r.bitting

      You are dreaming, this will end in violence, and it will end with oppression without freedom for all… including you.

    • Jeremy

      What you really mean to say is that you disagree with the other Economic Collapse articles. GMAB.

      Also, a question. What do you think of the tea party movement? I have seen a lot of young people thank the OWS movement, but few the tea party movement.

      • GoneWithTheWind

        The tea party was no politcally correct:
        1. It was grass roots and not controlled by the elite.
        2. It demanded smaller government and less power for the elites.
        3. It wanted lower taxes meaning less money for the elite.
        4.Therefore the popular media (the left wing disinformation office) was forced to spread lies to try to limit the popularity of the tea party.

  • A Citizen

    I think we are due for an collapse within a year or two. The rich will eventually lose everything as well. One thing that will happen very soon is the college bubble bursting. As a college student (who is only because my parents want me to and there are no jobs therefore I am just delaying the inevitable) I can’t wait until the college scam is out of money and fuel.

  • http://motorcyclist.com/showthread.php?t=423 Motorcyclist

    This isn’t going to be a replay of 1929. In 1929, people didn’t lay around on their butts for a month, smoking pot and getting too high to make whole sentences when asked a simple question like, “What are you protesting?”

    In 1929, people got dressed up in their best clothes, even to wait in soup lines. And they WANTED to work, unlike these layabouts.

    The ones who are organizing this drivel are really good at starting trouble, but they have no way to control it, let alone stop it, once it gets started.

    • mondobeyondo

      I certainly hope not, but I’m scared to death that 2011 is 1929 with flat screen TV’s, cell phones and computers. And with Netflix. Never mind, they’re about to go under….

      Netflix, meet Montgomery Ward.

    • mondobeyondo

      Ohhhh, if only people dressed these days as well as they did in 1929. I’d even settle for a hottie in a mini skirt. (hilarious laughter)

      No, I’m serious.

      (giggle)

      • mondobeyondo

        “Putting on the Ritz”.
        Google the Fred Astaire film clips, or search for them on YouTube. Those people knew how to dress up back in the day.

        • mondobeyondo

          It’s called “Putting On the Ritz”.
          Not “Lookin’ at Her ************”.

          Trust me, I won’t steer you wrong.

      • mondobeyondo

        Darn it! Why don’t women wear panty hose anymore!!

    • Colin

      Unless you lived in 1929, or can speak to someone who lived then, waxing nostalgia about the past can be a potential landmine. Michael did as you did, and walked into a landmine. He claimed the people then didn’t resort to violence when in fact they did. There was documented cases and footage of people responding in violence to what they perceived as economic injustice.

  • http://sdfacial.com/ Skinny

    If there’s any hope left, we’d – a humanity as a whole – would have to seriously ponder our behaviour towards our home (the Earth) and other human beings.

    30,000 children die of hunger every single day. We cannot be free as long as one single child dies of hunger.

    It’s a long way in front of us, but this first baby steps are encouraging.

  • comnenus

    They have the weapons, and they can hire as many mercs as they would like.

    It’s like the Japanese noblemen who holed himself into castles; they survived the revolution of 1868, and instead of being punished, they became dukes, marquises and earls, even those who fought against the revolution. Those who hated them had to wait for 80 more years until American soldiers landed in that island.

    The kings and queens of Wall Street will survive any revolution, educate their progeny well with the money they get, and continue to rule without impunity.

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    Once again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard, making great contributions to society and becoming very wealthy.
    Then don’t cry.

    • Gary2

      but the game is rigged and I hardly think wall street “work” at anything but scamming people.

  • liberranter

    [Michael, I know there is no way you're going to post this, but here it is anyway:]

    When necessary, th[e Reigning Elite] are not afraid to call in the police to bust some skulls. Sadly, we are already seeing some brutally violent confrontations between law enforcement authorities and Occupy Wall Street protesters in many areas of the country.

    To those who “work” in “law enforcement” or the military and who think that blindly following the orders of your masters to impose martial law will be a cakewalk, heed this:

    Enjoy your days of indulging in unchecked violence as armed stooges for the Establishment, because your days are numbered! We, the working people of this country, outnumber all of you by several thousand to one. All of your high-tech weaponry, your armored personnel carriers, your cannons, machine guns, drones, and other Pentagon-furnished instruments of control and death will avail you nothing whatsoever on that day when we, who have nothing left to lose, will finally lose it.

    *****************************************

    • http://HP Sherry

      I have seen this coming and it’s just the beginning when you say “we will finally lose it as we have nothing to lose”. I have watched our congress become evil and cruel to a point of no return for me. I wouldn’t mind if someone knocks that arroganet chip off all their slhoulders and then some.

      • liberranter

        I predict that soon the Congress of the United States will effectively cease to exist, since there will no longer be a United States of America as we know it. The current U.S. Congress is, for all practical purposes, about as relevant or powerful as the Roman Senate was in A.D. 450.

      • dev

        I wish Americans would get wise to the con and blow up congress. Please vote Ron Paul 2012.

    • REED RICHARDS

      liberranter, Sherry,

      THE ONLY CHANCE YOU AND THE 99 PERCENT HAVE AT PULLING THIS OFF IS IF THE GOON SQUADS (COPS) WISE UP AND FIGHT FOR THE 99 PERCENT:

      I don’t think you guys understand the situation here. As it currently stands, The ruling elite, using the idiot goon squads called “law enforcement” will CRUSH AND IF NEED BE KILL AS MANY AS IT TAKES TO CONSOLIDATE AND SECURE THEIR ILL-GOTTEN GAINS AND POWER. It’s just that simple. Yes, it is true that the 99% outnumber the elites and their goon squads by a wide margin, but the question must be asked, how far are the 99 percent willing to go to see this through? Are the 99 percent willing to go the distance? I think we know that the 1 percent is ready, willing, and able to go the 15 rounds and then some………..

      • Highspeed

        I hate to say it, but I do believe you are right Reed. The people will be crushed because while they are armed, they don’t have enough guts to take a stand.
        The 99% will be like the pigs in this video.

        http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81491467/

      • liberranter

        No, Reed, I (I can’t speak for Sherry) understand the situation perfectly, hence my “ultimatum” to those who would take up arms for the State when TSHTF. I really think that fighting on behalf of the Regime will be a losing proposition for 99.999999 percent of those in government costume, especially in economic terms. Once the dollar crashes, their own standard of living will evaporate as well as ours. The biggest question is whether those who were once part of the Machine will degenerate into animalistic brigands or fight to restore civil society and natural law.

        As far as the question of how far are the 99 percent willing to go to see this through?,” I think that once people become truly aware that it is an “all or nothing” proposition, that they either stand up and fight for their survival or be ground into the dust, brains and backbone will reassert themselves, especially once they realize how many people are going to be on their side. Again, once this happens, it will be a ****************************

    • 1776blues

      I was thinking these exact thoughts. One day, all hell will break loose, and these elites better run fast to their underground hiding places. As for the people who serve them they may not be so lucky.

      That is the day I fear most as people with nothing left to lose can be compared to a wounded animal.

      What is funny and yes there is a funny part about this; many of these people who consider themselves part of the elites are actually well paid servants, but the poor will not care that these people were used.

      May all these smug arrogant elitists suffer a slow agonizing end.

    • below_freezing

      Iraq, while a headache for US troops, was fought with restraint due to the need for the US to maintain its image, which makes billions of dollars per year for the corporations. It is less profitable to genocide the Iraqis, than to merely slaughter them.

      There would be no such problem with US citizens. Iraq has an extremely high gun ownership rate, but ordinary civilians with a gun can never compete with a mechanized, networked modern military. The APCs, tanks, drones you mentioned? That’s what makes occupation forces have kill ratios of over 100:1. And the US military is 1.4 million strong, not counting National Guard or police.

  • shypuffadder

    In 2011, people don’t want to get “dressed up” to wait in a soup line. The people you are protecting do much much worse than laying around for a month smoking pot.

  • r.bitting

    1) The protests will continue to grow in size and number and will be characterized more and more by violence. 2) Assassinations of bank CEO’S & political leaders will probably become the norm as the mob mentality begins to take effect and the people become blinded by their own passions ( sort of like how they’ll trample someone to death at the doors of Walmart on the day after Thanksgiving to be the first into the store to save 30 dollars ). 3) As a result of #1 & #2, Martial law will be attempted, which will probably not end well for anybody due to the shear number of gun owners nationwide and the fact that this nation has never been more polarized than now. There is great division in this nation as to the path we should take. For that very reason many will feel the call to rise up against the leaders when they see their families begin to suffer 4) As #1,2 & 3 are happening, somewhere in the midst of these events Europe will tank, followed by us and the world. 5) Occupy wall streeters will start to realize the truth behind the old adage, ” be careful what you ask for because you might get it “. No one will be able to kill the monster they created except God, through the return of Christ. But things will get a lot worse before that happens.

  • JustanOGuy

    Excellent write up Michael. You keep the class warfare debate honest and fair..

    I’m on the side that people who earn their money deserve to keep it. I’m against the big corporations that make it from their influences in Washington..

    If the OWS crowd could connect the dots and see how some corporations are raping the system with their contacts in Washington D.C. and get the right message across… then I’m sure they could get the support of at least 90% of Americans.

    Unfortunately right now their message is all over the board… They really do not understand why their incomes are down and the cost of living is going up monthly. Maybe if they followed your blog they could figure it out and get the right message across and get more support for their efforts.

    Right now they don’t seem to understand that Wall St. and Washington D.C. are one in the same.

    • http://http://www.occupy-wallstreet.com Dorian

      Actually, most of us DO understand precisely why incomes are down and all the rest. Half the people I know thru Occupy have done postgrad work. Others are professionals-lawyers, doctors, media etc. Of course there are a lot of college students but they too are quite well informed and capable of research. While there is indeed some disagreement about solutions between those who favor free markets vs those who favor other ideas-and the process of consensus is slower than some other methods of decision making because everyone’s voice counts-the movement as a whole is actually extremely well informed. Not only are we aware of how badly the system is NOT working for the majority, we are also aware that the methods of redress available thru sanctioned channels have also not worked. We are pressing to see the actual criminals on Wall St investigated, tried and punished-not appealing to those in govt who have aided them of course. Whether the country will devolve into violence remains to be seen-but OWS and it’s offshoots are decidedly in favor of non-violence as a policy. Nuts, agents provocateur and govt employees of various sorts may be violent(as we’ve already seen at Oakland) but OWS is committed to nonviolence. It worked for Ghandi, and MLK because the other factors of history were lined up right at those times for the best outcomes. It is possible that this is the case again. On top of that happy possibility, OWS is also supported by Anonymous-and all that hi-tech hardware is no good if the computers won’t operate. Personally I like to aim for the best outcome and keep it mind-that Americans will come together peacefully to rebuild our economy and our democracy from this destructive situation, we will reach across false divides such as political party and ideology and find our common ground-if nothing else that we love our country and we want it to succeed, we want our neighbors to be employed, fed and safe. Americans are smart people, we can solve all of our problems as long as we are not being prevented from doing so by the corruption in high places-both govt and corporate. Before the media fad of hate and lies, Americans were also quite capable of working and governing together using compromise and common ground. Should we finally decide to ignore the hateful idiots, I’m sure we could do so again, without any sort of bloodshed at all. If any of you feel like there are things OWS is unaware of, please come to your local General Assembly and speak “on stack” share your knowledge, listen to others and be part of the solution. Despite what the radio says, the movement is not just for dirty hippies, college kids and crazy hatchet murderers;-) it’s for everyone in the 99% that aren’t currently in control and making a mess of things. You might be surprised at how welcome you would be!

  • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal (GT)

    I think the main thrust to me was the point that you make about there being two different Americas at work today. And it’s a troubling development that concerns me greatly too. It’s the sort of thing that is developing into a powder keg just waiting for a fuse to be lit. It scares me frankly and I hope that more people will recognize it and change their attitudes.

    • http://? Bill

      There truly are two Americas, and the sooner you realize it and help spread the word, the better off we all will be.

      For an example of this – and some may scoff at the “non-professional” website but visit http://www.usavsus.info/

      But do your own research after being armed with some of these facts.

  • JustanOGuy

    By the way… the Occupy Wall Street Las Vegas chapter was going to have one of their protests the day President O showed up in Las Vegas on 10/24 to campaign. It was cancelled after the Secret Service “talked” to the OWSLV leaders…

    Of course.. the OWSLV had no problem staging protests during the Western Republican Leaders conference held the week before. Go figure.

    Amazing that it is nowhere in the media..

  • jan johnson

    America NEEDS to repent… then maybe you’ll see a change…

  • FriskiesRevenge

    I’ve often wondered what Marie Antoinette really did say. Cake? Perhaps that’s the sanitized version.

    Be that as it may, without a 1 child policy worldwide, we’ll always be the slaves to the 1%-ers. Face it – we’re sheeple. We want our circuses (NFL, Kardashiskanks, American Idull, pathetic US politics) and bread (usually handouts, what with 47 million on food stamps.) The ticket to poverty is breed young, and breed often. Then, you guarantee living in fear of the corporation because you can never afford to lose your job.

    Live below your means. Don’t have kids. Expect to lose your job in your 50′s – you *won’t* work till you’re 70, you’ll be obsoleted by then. The best way to not contribute to the 1%-ers is to not have children. They need you to be dependent on them, and afraid of them, to succeed. Nothing breeds that than fear for your own dependents.

    F. R.

    • rufus13

      Men, don’t sacrifice your children to the public education machine. It will sap them of fun and self-motivation and attempt to make them robot slaves who just happen to be meat and bone.

      Women, don’t accept that Government is a better provider than your man and father of your children. Keep him close, and resist intrusion by gov’t into your life and business.

    • Michael

      The rich countries became rich by having less children. The cause of nuclear disasters, such as in Japan, is worldwide overpopulation.

    • AnonymousJoe

      I REFUSED to have children when I realized nobody would be able to keep a job long enough to provide for me and my children financially and that children CAN be used to enslave you. Also I noticed how badly the standards of living fell for those who did breed and multiply.

      And I saw the pain, confusion and trauma caused not only by departure of the begetters upon their woebegone, abandoned begotten but results of abuse and just plain sadism parents inflict upon children –especially unwanted children –gay and/of female in particular. Or parents who want their children to magically have sterling morality,poise, class, great social skills and intellectual and athletic achievement but will not exert themselves or attempt to assist their children fulfill those goals.

      The great,loving family is a MYTH!

      As a drop of ocean water swept away in the enormous Baby Boom tsunami of humanity, I saw first hand what too may f-ing people in one place can do. I had to fight for every job I got. A college degree did not matter. Who you were and who you knew meant everything.

      Too many people and life becomes incredibly cheap, if not worthless.Salaries become incredibly cheap too.

      i was finally shut out or obsoleted out of the workforce at age 59–even though I had been retrained in cutting edge technology at taxpayers’ expense yet so I could return to work — and was glad I had a disability which gets me a small govt check.I have no living relatives to take me in.

      Elitists like Obama & Romney put euthanasia programs in their Nazi-like “healthcare” programs to eliminate those over 55.

      One of my elected representatives’ staffers told me that after 55, you were considered junk and if you lost your job you’d most likely never work again. You have to be damn careful cause even accepting a $500 inheritance and you are on SSI will cause you to LOSE those benefits for LIFE!

      I’d like to leave here but where can you go?
      There is NO PLACE else to go.

    • AnonymousJoe

      I REFUSED to have children when I realized nobody would be able to keep a job long enough to provide for me and my children financially and that children CAN be used to enslave you. Also I noticed how badly the standards of living fell for those who did breed and multiply.

      And I saw the pain, confusion and trauma caused not only by departure of the begetters upon their woebegone, abandoned begotten but results of abuse and just plain sadism parents inflict upon children –especially unwanted children –gay and/of female in particular. Or parents who want their children to magically have sterling morality,poise, class, great social skills and intellectual and athletic achievement but will not exert themselves or attempt to assist their children fulfill those goals.

      The great,loving family is a MYTH!

      As a drop of ocean water swept away in the enormous Baby Boom tsunami of humanity, I saw first hand what too may f-ing people in one place can do. I had to fight for every job I got. A college degree did not matter. Who you were and who you knew meant everything.

      Too many people and life becomes incredibly cheap, if not worthless.Salaries become incredibly cheap too.

      i was finally shut out or obsoleted out of the workforce at age 59–even though I had been retrained in cutting edge technology at taxpayers’ expense yet so I could return to work — and was glad I had a disability which gets me a small govt check.I have no living relatives to take me in.

      Elitists like Obama & Romney put euthanasia programs in their Nazi-like “healthcare” programs to eliminate those over 55.

      One of my elected representatives’ staffers told me that after 55, you were considered junk and if you lost your job you’d most likely never work again. You have to be damn careful cause even accepting a $500 inheritance and you are on SSI will cause you to LOSE those benefits for LIFE!

  • rick

    several things will stop this arrogance
    1. enraged mobs

    2. a massive solar storm that shuts down wall street and wipes out trillions

    3. a mad hacker..

    when one or more of these scenarios happens you will see those same arrogant bastards crying on cnn about their losses……

  • Get Real

    Until the jails are full, of all the PROVEN criminal bankers, expect nothing to ever change!

  • fleevil

    I’m waiting to see how many of these OWS types have formal sniper / munitions training. Could get interesting. I’ll bet their uncle sam’s already got a list.

    • AnonymousJoe

      I know how to shoot. I pray that it will never come to that.

  • Vinnie

    “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~ Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, 1849

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    No.1, After Herman Cain’s Latest Statement That People Can Only Blame Themselves For Being Poor Or Unemployed,I Strongly Believe He Is Done As A
    Presidential Canidate, Anybody Who Votes For Him Would Be As Bad As Anybody Who Voted For Obama.Same Mentality Same Results. No.2 Let The Arrogant,Egotistical Self Centered SOBS Gloat And Have There Fun,Because When SHTF Who Is Going To Help Them,The Poor? The Unemployed? Are People Supposed To Forgive And Forget? So Let The Assholes Have There Cake And Let them Eat It Because It May Be The Last Decent Meal
    They See In A Long Time.

  • Candice

    Greetings everyone! I must say a few things about this whole mess this world is in: First I want to address the problems of the blatant arrogance, high mindedness, insensitivity, and pride of these powerful and ultra-rich people who think they’re safe and OK. Please take note! “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty. There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in there own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Proverbs 30:8-14 This Bible verse sort of applies to the poor as well, but I’m addressing the powerful and the rich for right now. “Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.” Psalm 39:6 “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.” Proverbs 11:1-5 “He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. Proverbs 11:28 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thy art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” Luke 16:19-26 also continue reading up to verse 31. Now, I’m not against people becoming rich as a result of helping others to get where they want to be in life in a positive manner, but I am totally disgusted at those who mock those who are down and out. For all you wicked and prideful powerful and rich bullies out there, The Most High God is going to judge you severely, swiftly, and with righteousness and reward you with eternal damnation and torments in the Lake of Fire if you are not right with Him. You may be enjoying all your filth lucre in this lifetime full of laughter of the sufferings of the poor and powerless, but your end will surely come to you without warning to sweep you away into your eternal torments in the Lake of Fire were all your worldly achievements, power, and wealth will cease upon your horrible death that is awaiting you! As for all you poor masses, you’re not off the hook with a holy, just, and righteous God who will judge and reward you accordingly, so please also be forwarned of your eternal state. Father God’s Son Jesus Christ is your only hope according to I Cor.15:1-4 which is the gospel of the grace of God for your salvation.

    • Gary2

      Lets throw the rich into the lake of fire.

      Is the lake full of some flammable liquid? How does it burn? Are there some no smoking signs posted all around this lake? Does it contribute to global warming?

    • REED RICHARDS

      Candice,

      MY MOTTO IS SIMPLE: I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR PEOPLE WHOSE WOUNDS ARE SELF-INFLICTED:

      You must have fallen off the turnip truck one time too many. This so-called arrogance of the rich you claim has merit. They sold the masses a bill of goods, a sucker play if you will, and the masses, like the suckers that they are, bought into it. Any sane, rational, human being with at least two brain cells to rub together knows that the ponzi schemes that have been sold time and time again are fools gold and that anyone buying into it will eventually end up financially, spiritually, and emotionally bankrupt. But everywhere you go all you hear from people, especially the rightwing radicals who call themselves conservative, is so-called amerikan exceptionalism, we’re number 1, this is the best country in the world to live in, ad infinitum……..Well, how is that amerikan exceptionalism working out for ya? Must taste great and is definitely less filling as heard by all the starving, growling stomachs here and around the world. Amerikans are getting exsctly what they have coming to them and the destruction of their world is well deserved in the form of republicans and democrats (G W Bush and Barack Obama, etc.). Well, you know my motto. It still stands.

      • Old Man

        America’s troubles are 100% self-inflicted of course. But it is very American to blame a lot of their stupidity on to the Chinese ‘Communist’.

        The Chinese simply do what American workers did for a long time – work hard for low but competitive wages to make good things. Do you see 50% obesity in China as you can find anywhere in the US?

        The 99% blames the 1%. They blame the imports for taking away their jobs. But they are the ones who enjoyed all these imports for 2 decades, paid for with borrowed money from a private bank (the Fed) and foreign banks. They had a splendid life 1990-2010 without filing a single complaint. If they cared about their jobs, all they had to do is not to buy all the imports and don’t borrow so much money. Nobody forced them to commit suicide.

        Yes, while US politics is one of the stinkiest and most stupid in the world, the people have brought their own demise by themselves. America and Greece – so different yet so much the same.

    • Jerryball

      Well, that’s spooky. Don’t you just love these warnings, damnations, and schadenfreude as written by 5,000 year ago sheepherders hallucinating in the desert? Like something from a movie about mummies or something similar.

    • CIA Broom Closet Monitor #301

      Your non-existent sky God regards the current problems as self-inflicted so it’s up to us to work it out.
      Further religion per se is part of the problem and responsible for the murder,war,poverty ect. ect.

  • tappedops

    Get a clue blite coller scum who cant find a job to save your life… your the problem, your the disease… dont blame NAFTA or GaTT, blame your moron choice of majors and your selfish intrest endeavors and your lack of education alltogether…quit hounding the fed and the offshore corporate cabal…all you lazy ftards blew off your hloans ,CCs and the like are now getting whats comming. All you returning vets,Xcops,truthers,birthers,tenthers,seconders,filthy-firsters,occupiers,Rpaulers,Bofrighters,and commie-constitutionalists are enemy #1 with the DHS,and should all be rounded up, marched into a pit and ************** for the white al-cia-duh that you are…

    • Jerryball

      @tappedops. Get a dictionary when you eventually get an education. Learn to spell correctly, then we’ll listen to you. With your miserable spelling skills you are a hard read.

  • ACIRE

    That was pretty cool. I usually skip right through anyone using biblical quotes, but you quoted some good ones and presented your point in an excellent way.

  • claudia jjivoin

    god not exist

    • r.bitting

      What do you base that on?

  • CottonMan

    We’re mocked by the president, his wife, the bankers and the rich….when does it every end? I need a small vacation, but I can’t afford one.

  • 1% admirer

    The OWS people deserve every bit of ridicule they getfor their stupidity, laziness and whining.
    Sitting there with their cellphones, ipods, college debts from four years ofpartying and not studying anything useful. Go live out in the wilderness like the Indians did if you can’t make it in the real world.

    You got plenty of nothing and nothing is plenty for you.

    • AnonymousJoe

      Lots of us studied what was useful at the time.
      Teachers are being fired. Those who studied journalism were done out of jobs in news media years ago and music majors replaced by the MOOG and other synthesizers. Even secretaries & clerks replaced by computers.

      Technology is replacing human beings at a very fast rate,even faster than humans can be trained to operate or repair them.

      You probably didn’t know that the 1% own all of this “wilderness” did you! Live in the wilderness indeed.

      And see how their lifestyles worked out for the Amerinds!

      Idle minds & hands lead to trouble so jobs MUST be found that are relevant to education.

      • Repairman

        Music majors have not been replaced by synthesizers.
        You may not realize it, but almost all major motion pictures are first scored on synthesizers, then rerecorded using live orchestras.
        These orchestras are filled with real musicians playing traditional instruments and can be paid from $400 to well over $1000 for a few hours of work.
        There are also people designing and building synthesizers in the US. Moog themselves are in North Carolina. At least two others in Texas.
        These are Americans at work in the US that often sell internationally.

        As for me, I’ve been repairing synthesizers for almost 40 years and while I don’t make much money, my home is not in foreclosure either.
        Oh… and I live out in the wilderness, almost completely off the grid.
        As to education, they didn’t offer any electronics studies when I was in school.
        Without enough money, I couldn’t attend college.
        So since I was 18, I’ve been self-employed.
        I am, to many, living the American dream.
        But I don’t get any paid healthcare, tax incentives or 401K plan either.
        Unlike many that do enjoy these perks, I only get paid when I finish a job perfectly.
        All the BA, MA and Phds have managed my state’s finances poorly, but this high school educated person has more work than one can handle and no one qualified to hire for help.
        Blame education, blame China, but don’t blame an invention. Blame the US companies using China for manufacturing those inventions.

  • Francis Dec

    How about “fashion” mockery? Foisting ripped and worn out jeans that need tossed out as being chic and then charging high prices for the honor of purchasing such rags?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Michael T. Snyder writes: “There is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard and making a lot of money, but there is something wrong with being completely arrogant and smug about it.” That sums it up perfectly. Do the rich play a vital role in an economy? Absolutely. I want entrepreneurs to get filthy stinking rich so that they can create jobs. I want the computer nerd who is developing a software program in his/her parents’ basement to grow his/her business, make serious bucks and provide jobs that pay a living wage. That’s capitalism. That’s free enterprise. But Ron Paul, Alex Jones and Gerald Celente speak the truth when they say that we don’t have true capitalism in this country. What we have in The Banana Republic of America (the Third World horror movie that used to be the United States) is corporatism, a rigged game—and as Arianna Huffington pointed out in her book “Third World America,” we are losing our middle class and taking on the economic structure of a Third World country.

    “The war is underway. It’s class warfare. It’s Off With Their Heads 2.0. It’s going to be a battle between the haves and the have-nots. Only a very few have everything, and way too many have much too little.”—Gerald Celente

    “I heard this guy Herman Cain, the pizza king running for president, saying that Occupy Wall Street are anti-capitalist. You got it wrong, Herman. It’s anti-capitalist to bail out banks and to bail out your buddies. That’s anti-capitalist. If you or I fail, nobody bails us out. In capitalism, you’re supposed to rise and fall on your own merits.”—Gerald Celente

    “When people get hungry and desperate, things get ugly. And I’ll tell you where it’s really going to get ugly: crime is going to go to levels we’ve never seen before.”—Gerald Celente

    There are many examples of the ultra-rich and the privileged thumbing their noses at the poor and mocking people’s suffering (for example, that disgusting son of a bitch Rush “Pillhead” Limbaugh laughing at the subject of the poor going dumpster diving). But if Pillhead and others of his corporatist ilk really think that human suffering is so damn funny, they should spend a few years in a Third World country and see how things are in El Salvador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Mexico, Jamaica or Panama. In those countries, the uber-rich live in incredibly posh areas; there are parts of Mexico City that look like Beverly Hills, except that the signs are all in Spanish. But the rich in those places also need round-the-clock guardasespaldas (bodyguards) because without them, they would be kidnapped for ransom. In those crime-ridden countries, the poor and the desperate collect what I call the Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (which includes kidnapping, carjacking and violent home invasions). Rich businessmen in Sao Paulo, Brazil often travel by helicopter because it’s easier to avoid the DPDDTT that way.

    “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”—Gerald Celente

    “There are so many people now who don’t have a job. There are so many people who are afraid of losing their jobs. There are so many people who wonder, ‘How are we going to pay the mortgage this month. How are we going to pay the rent this month?’ There are so many people who have already lost their homes and, frankly, they’re living in their cars. That’s the America that we have seen today, that’s been created by Wall Street.”—Alan Grayson

    “When the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood begins to flow in the streets—and the money is not flowing down.”—Gerald Celente

    Make no mistake: the DPDDTT is coming to The Banana Republic of America. And the more the robber barons mock and ridicule the suffering of the poor, the more they will fan the flames of unrest. Things are going to get incredibly violent in the BRA.

    • mondobeyondo

      It actually used to be that way at one time. A couple of buddies could get together in a garage, build some electronics in their spare time, and start a company. Those guys happened to be Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

      Not likely to happen these days though…

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Mondobeyondo: No, definitely not likely to happen these days. The corporatist deck is totally stacked against small businesses in the BRA.

  • Lilly

    We permitted liberals to cleanse our culture of Western honor, ethics and character. They replaced it with humanism’s amoral materialism. This attitude of elitism we see in the political, adacemic and private industry elite goes hand in hand with a culture cleansed of ethics – of honor, empathy and love. They really do think they are superior beings to those less wealthy or formally educated.

    Likewise, grabbing at “free stuff” in the name of being poor with no sense of graditude and longing for independence is the result of humanism’s culture as well. There is no shame nor graditude in humanism. Like the humanist international elitists, the poor think they have it all coming to them, too. We live in a country with a public culture that has no honor and love.

    • REED RICHARDS

      Lilly,

      YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS:

      Must have been out drinking last night with Ann
      “The Man” Coulter and Billo the Clown. Liberals cleansed the west of honor? Longing for independence a bad thing? Isn’t that what the teabaggers long for, independence from gov’t? Isn’t the far right the most ardent cheerleaders for war, death, and destruction which has left the asylum states of amerika totally devoid of honor?

  • Nostradamus

    When president Ronald Reagan came into office, he adopted in large measure the Trickle Down ideology of economics. It says provide all necessary incentives for the smart and wealthy to make more money, because they are the ones who know how best to manage the entire wealth of society. Thus began an era of privatization, de-regulation, tax cuts for corporations and the rich, and hands-off ‘management’ of the economy and society at large.

    Under such severely distorted incentive system, the wealthy proceeded not only to make a great deal of money, but they took over finance and control politics to ensure they stay as leaders and as controller of industry and economics.

    Today, 1% owns and controls 40%. Needless to say, the 1% is looking forward to a 60% ownership. The 99% found themselves to be left behind. Trickle Down economics has created a 99% Left Behind society. And the more you’re left behind, the less power you have to do something about it.

    Are there any other country in the world with a Left Behind official policy? No. Not a single one.

    If you are in the so-called 99% and never realized this is going to happen, you have been a fool on two counts. First, you are a fool because you have been fooled for 20 years and not smart enough to understand it. Second, you are a fool because you didn’t even bothered to read a bit of economic history. Because history is full of examples of how this has happened repeatedly especially in the centuries previous to the 20th. It is an old trick.

    American Exceptionsim redefined. Fools only apply to foreigners, except to Americans.

  • http://Rense Willy Whitten

    I can’t think of a people more deserving of what is coming to them than Amerikans.

    Karma – Cause and Effect.

    Naivete is no innocence.

    ww

  • joseph

    I actually read my way through all of the comments.

    I believe that all of the historical allusions are simply not applicable to the USA

    first of all, communications are the fastest ever in the history of this planet

    (unless you believe in the Atlantis Fable)

    secondly, within the USA, more arms are privately held than most nation states have in their military reserve.

    the Tea Party enthusiasts were merely a forerunner of We the People, finally becoming wise that the system IS rigged; and has been for a long time now.

    this new Occupy (fill in the blank) movement is now the non-professional leftists becoming aware that even with a self proclaimed Progressive in the White House, the system STILL is rigged and will only become WORSE.

    the age factor in this OWS group does NOT have any retired police, military nor former “government servants” within it however. as it is currently composed, this movement will not go very far on its own momentum.

    However, now that the two differnet sides of the center (bear with me, I HAVE dumbed this down a lot),

    it is my VERY humble opinion that some sort of convergence is bound to occur. think early next SPring.

    MAYBE this convergence of PROTEST against the very corrupt and very rigged system, will have SYNERGY.

    Now I have read & heard this physical science phenomenon applied to social, political and economic events before. usually I have viewed attempts to apply this principle with a jaundiced eye.

    However,

    things just MIGHT be different this go round

    if such occurs,

    then I have only one simple request,

    when the rich are captured, slaughtered and BBQ-ed up

    please put me ini for a ham steak, well done with Louisiana Hot Sauce on the side.

    For I surely and most dearly want to Eat the Rich.

  • Jerryball

    The Great Revolutionary War was fought so that we would not be a land run by Aristocracy. Now we find that we have reverted to a land run by “Aristocracy.” And most of this Aristocracy has inherited their place in society (Gee, just like 18th century Europe). Time for the ************ again to even the playing field, again?

  • http://www.indianinthemachine.com Indian in the machine

    What part of “your government is trying to slowly destroy you without you noticing” don’t you understand????

    What part of “your government is trying to slowly destroy you without you noticing” don’t you understand????

  • JOBlack

    Corp america is to blame, not gov’t. Gov’t provide services we need, it’s not concerned for the profit. Corp America is concerned about money and will kill you to get it.

    • http://www.mryansrants.blogspot.com Marianne

      I’d get my head out of the sand if I were you.

  • cam

    Pelosi is absolutely right. It might not be politically correct but you have no right to have a child that you can’t afford to raise. Even the Humane Society screens people who adopt pets for their ability to provide care.

    Unfortunately, there is no way to punish the irresponsible parents without punishing the child.

    • Kevin2

      The problem is her party has been at the lead in creating a structure to facilitate such behavior.

      • therooster of Christ

        Outstanding Kevin … structure is the guiding principle on how power flows. We have been supply driven within hierarchy throughout all of modern history. That’s changing within the information age

      • Chris

        Wrong. Pelosi’s party is about responsible birth control. The republican’s are all about irresponsible unprotected sex, which is why they made a big stink over the backward Catholic Church’s insistance that they should not promote responsible sex by offering contraception.

        The democrats are all for responsible sex and abortion, which minimizes irresponsible births by parents that can not afford to care for the children.

  • http://www.rembrandtphoto.com Mike L.

    I live in New England. We recently lost power for a couple days. It is amazing to me how unprepared people are! We were all set. Others had no gas, no food, no water, no cash on hand. They couldn’t even make a cup of coffee and were desperate. This was a predicted storm! They had warning it was coming!Imagine how desperate people will be if we have a major, national collapse. The rich 1%ers have no survival skills. There credit cards aren’t going to help them. This was a good practice run. Learn from it people! Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

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