[FoRK] The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Mon Nov 28 11:34:15 PST 2011

I understand your point, but that's related to his statement.  Corporate 
influence and small retailer's influence are not commensurate. Only by 
the wildest stretch of the imagination and a some blurring revisionism 
can they be construed to be what the OWS group is protesting against.  
They are protesting big corporate influence resulting in favorable tax 
positions not available to others without the influence, hidden 
government bailouts, crony capitalism, overpsending, governmental 
corruption by way of bribery, kickbacks and earmarks, and the lack of 
economic opportunity because of these things.

Everyone agrees on the problems.   You don't get rid of these things by 
giving the very institution that's causing them more authoritarian power 
and money.


On 11/28/2011 11:18 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> Please note that corporate "influence on government" is not the same 
> as corporate "influence on controlling legislation."
> When it is so obvious that "He who owns the cops, controls the form of 
> speech," the Constitution becomes scarcely relevant. (Presuming it 
> ever had been.)
> Denying the use of public areas to OWS isn't what created our current 
> Twilight Zone. That freakishness began years ago. A relatively recent 
> case in point:
> http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LVDMGO1A74E901-5CG1C7JPCU5J1O688G3J3C73JE 
> "Morgan Stanley was the top borrower with a peak of
> $107 billion on Sept. 29, 2009. That was eight days
> after then-CEO John Mack said the firm was
> “in the strongest possible position.”
> More on that issue, indexed 38 seconds ago:
> http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html 
> On Nov. 26, 2008, then-Bank of America (BAC) 
> <http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=BAC:US> Corp.
> Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis wrote to
> shareholders that he headed “one of the strongest
> and most stable major banks in the world.” He didn’t
> say that his Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm
> owed the central bank $86 billion that day.
> Serling would've found plenty of material there...
> GS
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