Two of the supposed luminaries of the Republican Party commented on the Occupy movement in the past couple days. In doing so, they showed a terrible disregard for the common people of the United States. They also again cause me to ask the question, why would anyone who is not already quite wealthy vote for any Republican?
Newt Gingrich on the Occupy movement:
“All of the occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn’t pay for. To go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for. To beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for. To obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes. Now that is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, go get a job, right after you take a bath.”
His premise of the Occupy premise is wrong. He might be confused, but he is probably just making something up to fit his political ideal. His next two assertions are also wrong; we all paid for that public park, and the Occupy people took in portapotties. They did not beg for food; some was donated but most was paid for by people in the movement. I don’t think they really obstructed people on the way to work. His assertion of the collapse of the left is just flat idiotic. Finally, Newt’s statement about “getting a job” is just stupid, given that his party destroyed the economy by throwing wars and tax cuts without having the fiscal discipline to balance the budget, and legislating jobs out of the United States to overseas.
Gingrich is expressing a disdain or hatred of the working class in this country. He is either deluded, or actually reads the news, and so is lying. I wonder which?
Next, Senator John Kyle on the Occupy movement:
“Well, I think it expresses the attitude of a lot of these folks who somehow think money grows on trees and they’re entitled to it and they don’t understand how wealth is produced in this country. It’s produced by people who work and who invest, who take a risk in a small business, for example. they hire people. And that produces wealth to the government that they can then take advantage of. But it doesn’t seem to me that they have an adequate appreciation of how our free market system works to produce the wealth that’s really made us the envy of the world.”
Mr. Kyle is living on Fantasy Island. The wealth of this country has been flowing to the upper 4-5% for the past decade, largely during the Bush Administration (see the chart here if you want to see this). We do not live in a free market, and haven’t for years. Business has had most of the protections during the past couple decades. The fight against the Consumer Protection Agency and the struggle to confirm a head of that agency (due to repeated Republican obstruction of a confirmation vote) is another indicator of this. It is shown time and again that people who work and are compensated fairly for their work will be able to produce their own wealth. The emphasis should be on the people who create the products, not the companies. Mr. Kyle and his cronies encouraging companies to ship American jobs overseas ought to be held accountable.
As I have said many times, any American in the 95% of the country income-wise who thinks that the current Republican Party has anything to offer them is wrong. It is against your own interest to vote Republican, folks. Unless, of course, you want to try to grab the trickle-down crumbs. Check that chart again to see how the Republicans help you.