The Supreme Court might think that corporate personhood is the answer, but being a corporation raises a lot of questions. Lester & Charlie checked in on a support group for corporate people – watch the report!
This Week’s Poll!
This week, the Pew Research Center reported that a whopping two-thirds of the country now sees a strong conflict between the haves and the have-nots — a figure that’s up 19 percentage points since just a few years ago. But, according to the psycho-rich Mitt Romney (who happens to be among the three self-proclaimed GOP prez frontrunners), “you’re all just jealous.”
Well, we suppose we are a little jealous of someone who can dismiss about $400,000 in recent speaking fees as “not very much.”
And us losers who shell out taxes might enjoy paying instead what Mitt calls “probably closer to the 15 percent rate than anything.” Not that Mitt necessarily did anything illegal in contributing so little. It’s just how the system works in the post-Reagan era and why the middle class bears an unprecedented burden of the federal budget.
So is Mitt right? Are we just jealous?
We have a sneaking suspicion that Mitt is actually jealous of us. Money doesn’t buy happiness, it’s said. And it’s lonely at the top. Is it possible that Mitt and the rest of the 1% are just projecting? Aren’t there lots of reasons for the rich to be jealous of the poor?
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The GOP Time Machine: Good Times!
Newt Gingrich is calling for the end of child labor laws. Herman Cain says unemployment is the fault of the unemployed. Wisconsin is trying to recall its anti-labor governor. Congress can’t decide on anything because of some sick lobbyist’s pledge letter. American military action continues – and people continue to die – for wars that didn’t need to happen. And the middle class is almost extinct.
And in our back yards, people of all ages are rising against the machine – and getting pepper sprayed for simply sitting down and having an opinion.
There’s a challenge going on between the sane and insane. This has happened before. But this time, we’re missing something.
C’mon, guys. We need to give this movement called Occupy Wall Street a soundtrack – or, according to history, it will be dead in the water and forgotten.
Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, David Crosby and countless others have taken their guitars to OWS gatherings and gave plenty of examples. So we’re asking protesters to start their music.
Here’s one more reminder of how to do it:
Is it time for the greedy to start sharing with the needy? Lester & Charlie bring you to the front lines of Occupy Wall St. in Lower Manhattan.
The 99 Percenters say that they’re the majority, but Wall St. and Washington are saying that corporations are the majority. Which is it? And can America survive while we decide?
This Week’s Poll!
The ongoing protests on Wall Street that are now spreading around the country are coming under attack, from, of all people, the Tea Party. Just an angry mob! Not really grassroots! Too white!
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. What’s next — will John Boehner call the sun too orange? Surely this is fueled by jealousy from a group whose media heyday seems to be over. But one criticism that has seems to have stuck says that the group, Occupy Wall Street, and their supporters don’t really know what they stand for. So we went down there for the march last Wednesday to check it out for ourselves.
Liberals are angry; that’s for sure. And while many of the protesters saw this as a march about jobs and against corporate greed and bailouts for businesses, others saw it as a chance to rally support for just about any other cause. Down with fracking! Stop all the wars! Israel is a bully! Don’t wear fur! Join the Socialists! End the Fed! (That last one had us scratching our heads.) Some of the organizers say that these multiple messages are part of the beauty of the movement: There’s lots that needs fixing. Others we spoke to wished that the movement would coalesce around a single progressive idea.
But it turns out that there are other things besides the growing protests that have people asking what they stand for. A recent 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll showed that a majority — both Democrats and Republicans — have no idea what the letters GOP are supposed to represent. 35% thought it was “Government of the People.” 3% said “God’s Own Party.” A whopping 7% chose “Grumpy Old People.” This has us wondering: Does no one know what anything stands for anymore? What do YOU think? We’ve assembled some acronyms and we want to know: What do YOU think they mean? Or SHOULD mean? We’ll publish the best answers next week!
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