Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Joan Walsh: "The new e pluribus unum: We are the 99 percent” (with video)

Joan Walsh (Salon) with video (14:42) from The ED Show:
Wow, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is running a little scared now. Ten days ago, he denounced Occupy Wall Street as a “growing mob.” On Fox News Sunday, he softened his stance, agreeing “there is too much income disparity” and promising to work on getting the top 1 percent to create jobs and opportunity for the rest of us.

In fact, Cantor said Monday that he’s going to deliver his very own speech on income disparity “and how Republicans believe the government could help fix it” on Friday. A spokesman elaborated: Cantor will talk about on how Washington can assist “a single working mom…a small business owner..and how we make sure the people at the top stay there.”
But what about the Democrats? Is it a given they’ll benefit from the organizing of OWS? I don’t think it’s a given, and I don’t think it should be. On MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” I had the honor to follow Van Jones, founder of the Rebuild the American Dream movement, who expressed progressives’ chagrin at being ignored by the Obama team, if not dismissed as “retarded,” over the last three years. OWS is very wary of being co-opted by Democrats, Jones noted, and he suggested a better outcome was for the Democratic Party to be co-opted by OWS. MORE...

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