Seasons Grettings from an Occupier

Seasons Grettings from an Occupier

I received this from the OccupyChi movement.  No author was mentioned. However I hope he or she won't mind this post.  I wanted to make sure others got a chance to enjoy this.

Twas the year before an election
and all through the land
Millions were jobless
And in need of a hand

Tax cuts and free trade
Have become such a curse
Suppose to create jobs
But just made things worse

1% er’s in big mansions
more millions in their heads
99’ers in cold tents
Middle class all but dead

For 3 years Republicans
Have blocked everything
Their plans for recovery
Have the same tax cut ring

Taxes are lower
Than ever before
But the richest among us
Still cry out for more

Cut capital gains taxes
And make the rich bolder
And create a flat tax
To get at the freeloaders

They have more power
‘cause of Citizens United
5  activist judges
and free speech wrongly cited

The Republican House
Came up with Ryan’s plan
Based on his mentor
A lady named Rand

Vouchers for Medicare
Give everyone a scare
More profits for Wall street
While cupboards go bare

And what to our astonished eyes
Should appear
But a Gingrich to steal Christmas
And Obama to smear

And a business man named Cain
Who wasn’t quite able
And Snow White and goofies
To complete this new fable

But along came a movement
A real grass root thing
Not another tea party
Or corporate paid fling

The one percent was so scared
They used all their resources
To discredit the movement
And question their courses

They called them all hippies,
Losers and thugs
And accused them of being
Un-American slugs

But nothing that was said
Was ever really true
Were just middle class people
Tired of the screw

We may not be happy
With Mr. Obama
But voting Republican
Would be real bad carma

Republicans engage in
such nasty slander
But 99’ers for them
Would be like chickens for Sanders

So I say to 99’ers
On this cold winter night
Ignore what they say
Keep up the good fight

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  • This nonsense is wrong on so many levels it's impossible to know where to start but let me pick just one statement: free trade is a curse? WTF? Have any of these people ever studied economics? I seriously doubt it. Even my 18 year old daughter with one semester of high school economics understands the importance of free trade.

  • In reply to Gary Lucido:

    Of course we've studied econ, most undergrads do. What you don't realize is that the principles of economics is more like a mathematical justification for inequality.

    Does free trade really benefit lower, working, or middle-class individuals or families?

  • In reply to Russell Amor:

    Yes it does. How do you think the lower classes can afford to buy all the goodies that they buy? One of the reasons that you can't just focus on income in determining how well off people are is that the cost of what they buy has dramatically decreased as a result of free trade. Do you honestly think you would be able to buy a Chevrolet Aveo for under $12K today if it hadn't been for free trade?

  • In reply to Russell Amor:

    "the principles of economics is more like a mathematical justification for inequality."

    Huh? I have no idea what you are talking about. Economics is like Physics - a discipline to explain how the world works.

  • In reply to Gary Lucido:

    Take a look at the vide (math of 99% v 1%) my next post.

  • In reply to Gary Lucido:

    This is the link to the letter signed by over 170 economists and the number is growing.

    “We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing in the economics profession. Equally we oppose political cleansing in the vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic crisis.

    We support the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street movement across the country and across the globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful “one percent”.

    We oppose cynical and perverse attempts to misuse our police officers and public servants to expel advocates of the public good from our public spaces.

    We extend our support to the vision of building an economy that works for the people, for the planet, and for the future, and we declare our solidarity with the Occupiers who are exercising our democratic right to demand economic and social justice.”

    Gerald Epstein / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    James K. Boyce / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Taro Abe / Nagoya Gakuin University
    Fikret Adaman / Bogazici University
    Bengi Akbulut / University of Manchester
    Randy Albelda / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Michael Albert / Z Communications
    Sylvia A. Allegretto / University of California Berkeley
    Gar Alperovitz / University of Maryland
    Jack Amariglio / Merrimack College
    Nurul Aman / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Mesele Araya / University of Gondar
    Miguel Arce / Universidad del Valle
    Mohamed Ariff / International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance
    Michael Ash / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Enid Arvidson / University of Texas at Arlington
    Dennis Badeen / York University
    Lee Badgett / University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Ron Baiman / Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

    Dean Baker / Center for Economic and Policy Research
    Samuel L. Baker / Purdue University
    Scott Baker / Public Banking Institute
    Erdogan Bakir / Bucknell University
    Benjamin Balak / Rollins College
    Radhika Balakrishnan / Rutgers University
    Fabian Balardini / Borough of Manhattan Community College
    Nesecan Balkan / Hamilton College
    Ahmet Baytas / Montclair State University
    Nina Banks / Bucknell University
    Sundari Baru
    Deepankar Basu / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Philippe Batifoulier / University of Paris West
    Michael Beggs / University of Sydney
    José Bellver/ Complutense University of Madrid
    Suzanne Bergeron / University of Michigan Dearborn
    Janis Berzins / Riga Stradins University
    Ravi Bhandari / St. Mary’s College
    Carole Biewener / Simmons College
    Marc Bilodeau / Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
    Cyrus Bina / University of Minnesota
    Peter C. Bloch / University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Raford Boddy / San Diego State University
    Matthew Bolton / Pace University
    James F. Booker / Siena College
    Roger Even Bove / West Chester University
    Elissa Braunstein / Colorado State University

    Garth A. Brazelton / Indiana Economic Development Corporation
    Neil Brenner / Harvard University
    Ted Burczak /Denison University
    Antonio Callari / Franklin and Marshall College
    Isabela Prado Callegari – São Paulo School of Economics
    Duncan Cameron / Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    Al Campbell / University of Utah
    Gerald Campbell / University of Wisconsin Madison
    Martha Campbell / Potsdam College (SUNY)
    Emanuele Campiglio / New Economics Foundation
    Juan Camilo Cardenas / Universidad de Los Andes
    John Carlisle / Sheffield Business School
    Bruce E. Carpenter / Mansfield University
    Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Scott Carter / University of Tulsa
    Molly Scott Cato / Cardiff School of Management
    Hugo E. A. da Gama Cerqueira / Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
    Paresh Chattopadhyay / University of Quebec
    Robert Chernomas / University of Manitoba
    Savvina Chowdhury / Evergreen State College
    Jens Christiansen / Mount Holyoke College
    Kimberly Christensen / Sarah Lawrence College
    Alan B. Cibils / Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento
    Tony Clark / Alberta Federation of Labour
    Jennifer Cohen / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Marjorie Griffin Cohen / Simon Fraser University
    Steve Cohn / Knox College
    Alessio Conti / University of Rome
    Michael E. Conroy / Colibri Consulting
    Paul Cooney / Universidade Federal do Pará
    Evelyn B. Córdova / La Universidad del Zulia

    James V. Cornehls
    Lilia Costabile / University of Naples
    Eugene P. Coyle / Eco-Economics
    J. Kevin Crocker / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    James Crotty / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    William Michael Cunningham / Creative Investment Research, Inc.
    James M. Cypher / Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas
    Omar S. Dahi / Hampshire College
    Anita Dancs / Western New England University
    Adel Daoud / University of Gothenburg
    Leila Davis / UMass Amherst
    Erik Dean / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Carmen Diana Deere / University of Florida
    Chase DeHan / University of Utah
    Thomas DelGiudice / College at Old Westbury SUNY
    Francois Delorme / Association des Economistes Québécois
    Joao Paulo de Souza / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    George DeMartino / University of Denver
    Serkan Demirkilic / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Maarten de Kadt
    Hans Despain / Nichols College
    Carlo D’Ippoliti / Sapienza University of Rome
    Jonathan Diskin / Earlham College
    Geert Dhondt / City University of New York
    Thomas L. Dobbs / South Dakota State University
    David Donald / Glasgow Caledonian University
    Peter Dorman / Evergreen State College
    P.K. Dollar / PI Marketing Research
    Laura Dresser / Center on Wisconsin Strategy
    Mathieu Dufour / City University of New York
    Lynn Duggan / Indiana University Bloomington
    Anil Duman / Central European University
    Amitava Krishna Dutt / University of Notre Dame
    Gary Dymski / University of California Riverside

    Marie Christine Duggan / Keene State College
    Nina Eichacker / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    David Ellerman / University of California at Riverside
    Khaled Elmawazini / Gulf University of Science and Technology
    Benan Eres / Ankara University
    Bilge Erten / United Nations, DESA
    Paula Esteves / Federal University of Minas Gerais
    Joshua Farley / University of Vermont
    Ramon Garcia Fernandez / Universidade Federal do ABC
    Antonio J. Fernos-Sagebien / Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
    Deborah M. Figart / The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    Kade Finnoff / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Tuathal Thomas Fitzsimmons / Greenfield Community College
    Gary Flomenhoft / University of Vermont
    Nancy Folbre / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Michael Fortunato / Williams College
    Robert Francis / Shoreline Community College
    L. Carlos Freire-Gibb / Aalborg University
    Gerald Friedman / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    James K. Galbraith / University of Texas Austin
    Robert F. Garnett / Texas Christian University
    Heidi Garrett-Peltier / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Barbara Garson
    David George / La Salle University
    Robley E. George / Center for the Study of Democratic Societies
    Armagan Gezici / Keene State College
    Norman Glickman / Rutgers University
    David Gold / The New School
    William W. Goldsmith / Cornell University
    Don Goldstein / Allegheny College
    Jonathan P. Goldstein / Bowdoin College
    Christian Gormsen / Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne
    Mitch Green / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Robin Hahnel / American University
    Jane V. Hall / California State University Fullerton
    Jay P. Hamilton / City University of New York
    Amy Hart / University of Sydney
    Martin Hart-Landsberg / Lewis and Clark College
    Pierre-Antoine Harvey / Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques
    James Heintz / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    John F. Henry / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Doug Henwood / Left Business Observer
    Arturo Hermann / ISTAT
    Ivan-Dario Hernandez-Umaña / Universidad Nacional de Colombia
    Conrad M. Herold / Hofstra University
    Marianne Hill / Mississippi Center for Policy Research
    Rod Hill / University of New Brunswick
    Michael G. Hillard / University of Southern Maine
    Larry Hochendoner / World Health Care Infrastructures
    Wolfgang Hoeschele / Truman State University
    Joan Hoffman / City University of New York
    Sue Holmberg / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Kiaran Honderich / Williams College
    Jong Haak Hong / Kyungwon University
    Barbara Hopkins / Wright State University
    Julio Huato / St. Francis College
    Portia Hunt / United Nations Development Programme
    Alan Hutton / Glasgow Caledonian University
    Prue Hyman / Victoria University of Wellington (ret.)
    John Ikerd / University of Missouri
    Ruth Indeck / Economy Connection
    Ryan Isakson / University of Toronto
    Jean Jacobson / University of Minnesota Duluth
    Frederic B. Jennings Jr. / Center for Ecological Economics and Ethical Education, Ipswich, MA
    Tae-Hee Jo / Buffalo State College
    Calanit Kamala / UC Berkeley
    Emily Kawano / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Seçil Aysed Kaya / Ankara University
    Serap A. Kayatekin / American College of Thessaloniki
    Steve Keen / University of Western Sydney
    Mehmet Rauf Kesici / Kocaeli University

    Marlene Kim / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Yun Kyu Kim / Trinity College
    Mary C. King / Portland State University
    Stephen Kinsella / University of Limerick
    Robert Kirsch / Virginia Tech
    Gerda Kits / The King’s University College
    Mark Klinedinst / University of Southern Mississippi
    Tim Koechlin / Vassar College
    Charles Komanoff / Carbon Tax Center
    Charalampos Konstantinidis / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Katharine Kontak / Bowling Green State University
    Gonca Konyali / Dokuz Eylul University
    David Kotz / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Philip Kozel / Rollins College
    David Kristjanson-Gural / Bucknell University
    David Laibman / City University of New York
    Eric Larsen / Public Policy Institute of California
    Mehrene Larudee / Al-Quds Bard Honors College
    Michael A. Lebowitz / Simon Fraser University
    Chai-On Lee / Chonnam National University
    Frederic Lee / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Fernando Leiva / University at Albany (SUNY)
    Gianmarco Leon / UC Berkeley
    Charles Levenstein / University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Margaret Levenstein / University of Michigan
    Gerald Levy / LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
    Richard Lichty / University of Minnesota Duluth
    Patricia J. Lindsey
    Antonio Lopes / Second University of Naples
    Jim Lorman / Edgewood College
    Sean MacDonald / City University of New York
    Arthur MacEwan / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Fiona Maclachlan / Manhattan College
    Brian K. MacLean / Laurentian University
    Allan MacNeill / Webster University
    Claudio Fernández Macor / Universidad Nacional del Litoral
    Yahya M. Madra / Boğaziçi University
    Felipe Mardones
    Rasigan Maharajh / Tshwane University of Technology
    Eric Malm / Cabrini College
    Arindam Mandal / Siena College
    Carlos Marentes / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Stephen A Marglin / Harvard University
    John E. Peters / Marist College
    Wesley Marshall / UAM-Iztapalapa
    Stephanie Martin / Allegheny College
    Thomas Masterson / Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
    Julie Matthaei / Wellesley College
    Peter Hans Matthews / Middlebury College
    Matthew May / University of Missouri Kansas City

    Elaine McCrate / University of Vermont
    Joan McFarland / St. Thomas University

    H. Neal McKenzie
    Andrew Mearman / University of the West of England, Bristol
    Matthieu Meaulle / Foundation for European Progressive Studies
    Michael Meeropol / Western New England University
    Ralph Meima / Marlboro College Graduate School
    César Viteri Mejía / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    John D. Messier / University of Maine Farmington
    Peter B. Meyer / University of Louisville
    James Miehls / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Marcelo Milan / Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
    John A. Miller / Wheaton College
    Rob Moir / University of New Brunswick
    Gary Mongiovi / St. John’s University
    Fred Moseley / Mount Holyoke College
    Albert Mosley / Smith College
    Tracy Mott / University of Denver
    Jamee K. Moudud / Sarah Lawrence College
    Adil Mouhammed / University of Illinois at Springfield
    Catherine P. Mulder / City University of New York
    Marta Murray-Close / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Ellen Mutari / The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    Sirisha Naidu / Wright State University
    Michele Naples / The College of New Jersey
    Kamran Nayeri / University of California Berkeley
    Jessica Gordon Nembhard / City University of New York
    Julie A. Nelson / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Reynold F. Nesiba / Augustana College
    Emil Nieves-Mounier / Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico
    Eric Nilsson / California State University San Bernardino
    Richard B. Norgaard / University of California Berkeley
    Bruce Norton / San Antonio College
    Jennifer Olmsted / Drew University
    Erik Olsen / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Ozlem Onaran / University of Westminster
    Hiroshi Onishi / Kyoto University
    Miguel Otero-Iglesias / ESSCA – School of Management
    Cem Oyvat / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Aaron Pacitti / Siena College
    Thomas Palley / New America Foundation
    Susan Parks / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Leda Maria Paulani / University of São Paulo
    Eva Paus / Mount Holyoke College
    Samuel R Pavel / Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Ignacio Perrotini / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Karl Petrick / Western New England University
    Nicolas Pons-Vignon / University of the Witwatersrand
    Gabriel Porcile / Federal University of Parana
    Thomas Michael Power / University of Montana
    Manisha Pradhananga / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Eleuterio F. S. Prado / University of Sao Paulo
    Robert E. Prasch / Middlebury College
    Paddy Quick / St. Francis College
    Peter Radford
    Elizabeth A. Ramey / Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Gilles Raveaud / University Paris 8
    Wendy Rayack / Wesleyan University
    Arslan Razmi / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Jack Reardon / Hamline University
    Angelo Reati
    Joseph Rebello / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Sanjay G. Reddy / The New School for Social Research
    Howard Reed / Landman Economics
    Robert Reinauer / Rollins College
    Stephen Resnick / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Cecilia Rio / Towson University
    Meenakshi Rishi / Seattle University
    Judith Robinson / Castleton State College
    Igor Lopes Rocha / University of Cambridge
    John Roche / St. John Fisher College
    Charles P. Rock / Rollins College
    Leopoldo Rodriguez / Portland State University
    Jorge Rojas / University of Washington
    Frank Roosevelt / Sarah Lawrence College
    Luis D. Rosero / Fitchburg State University
    Sergio Rossi / University of Fribourg
    David F. Ruccio / University of Notre Dame
    Héctor Sáez / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Blair Sandler / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Toby Sanger / Canadian Union of Public Employees
    John Sarich / Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    Daniel E. Saros / Valparaiso University
    Harwood D. Schaffer / University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
    Helen Scharber / Hampshire College
    Ted P. Schmidt / Buffalo State College
    John Schmitt / Center for Economic and Policy Research
    Alyssa Schneebaum / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Markus P. A. Schneider / University of Denver
    Juliet Schor / Boston College
    Michael Schreiber / Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Eric A. Schutz / Rollins College
    Elliott Sclar / Columbia University
    Mario Seccareccia / University of Ottawa
    Ian J. Seda-Irizarry / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Kristen Sheeran / Economics for Equity and the Environment
    Barry Shelley / Brandeis University
    Laurence Shute / California State Polytechnic University Pomona
    Elizabeth Sloan / University of Utah
    Ceren Soylu / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Peter Spiegler / University of Massachusetts Boston
    Janet Spitz / The College of Saint Rose
    Jim Stanford / Canadian Auto Workers
    Liz Stanton / Tufts University
    Martha A. Starr / American University
    Howard Stein / University of Michigan
    Mark Stelzner / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Tamara Stenn / Keene State College
    John Stifler / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Engelbert Stockhammer / Kingston University
    Steven Stoft / Global Energy Policy Center
    Ian C. Strachan / Nichols College
    Sarah Surak / Virginia Tech
    Masao Suzuki / Skyline College
    Sydney Sweitzer / University of Montana
    Behrouz Tabrizi / St. Francis College
    Janet M. Tanski / University of Missouri
    Linwood Tauheed / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Kenna Taylor / Rollins College
    Pavlina R. Tcherneva / Franklin and Marshall College
    Hasan Tekgüç / Mardin Artuklu University
    Frank Thompson / University of Michigan
    Jim Tober / Marlboro College
    Zdravka Todorova / Wright State University
    Junji Tokunaga / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mariano Torras / Adelphi University
    Mayo Toruño / California State University San Bernardino
    Scott Trees / Siena College
    Andrew Trigg / Open University
    A. Dale Tussing / Syracuse University
    Eric Tymoigne / Lewis and Clark College
    Hasmet Uluorta / University of Miami
    Salimah Valiani / Ontario Nurses’ Association
    Hendrik Van den Berg / University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    Marjolein Van Der Veen
    Nick Velluzzi / Walla Walla Community College
    Roberto Veneziani / Queen Mary University of London
    Matías Vernengo / University of Utah
    Peter Victor / York University
    Valerie Voorheis / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Daniel G. Weaver / Rutgers University
    Gordon Weil / Moravian College
    Erin Weir / United Steelworkers
    Scott A. Weir / Wake Technical Community College
    Thomas E. Weisskopf / University of Michigan
    Julian Wells / Kingston University
    Anastasia C. Wilson / University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Maggie Winslow / Presidio Graduate School
    Marty Wolfson / University of Notre Dame
    L. Randall Wray / University of Missouri Kansas City
    Yavuz Yaşar / University of Denver
    Michael D. Yates / University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
    Jong-Il You / KDI School of Public Policy and Management
    Ajit Zacharias / Bard College
    Jeffrey Zink / Morningside College
    Barbara Zoloth
    Klara Zwickl / University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • In reply to Danie:

    That is indeed interesting. Not sure what to make of it other than in any profession I guess there is a fringe element. Of course, a lot of what they signed just says that the protestors have the right to protest. The most objectionable statement in that letter is the nonsense about liberating "the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful “one percent”. That's utter nonsense. First of all there is no "1%". It's makeup changes every year because people have fleeting windfalls and any economist should know that. And to label the 1% as having short term greed is stupid. Prove it. Yeah, some of the 1% has short term greed - for instance a lot of members in congress. And liberate the economy from what exactly? It makes no sense.

    You read stuff like this and it makes the entire movement sound even more idiotic.

  • These hippies, losers, thugs, and un-American slugs, can't even spoof a Christmas poem right.

  • "Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising" published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported its conclusions on the causes, consequences and policy implications for the ongoing intensification of the extremes of wealth and poverty across its 22 member nations (OECD 2011-12-05). [4]
    "Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10% across the OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago."[5]
    In both Israel and the United States inequality has increased further from already high levels.[6]
    "Other traditionally more egalitarian countries, such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden, have seen the gap between rich and poor expand from 5 to 1 in the 1980s, to 6 to 1 today." [7]

    A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000. The three richest people possess more financial assets than the lowest 48 nations combined.[8] The combined wealth of the "10 million dollar millionaires" grew to nearly $41 trillion in 2008.

    "The single most important driver (economic inequality) has been greater inequality in wages and salaries(OECD 2011-12-05)." Gurría, Angel (05 12 2011). Press Release for Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising (Report). OECD. doi:10.1787/9789264119536-en. Retrieved 2011-12-16

    Huffington Post Article
    Income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression, according to a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez.

  • And why is income inequality a problem as long as most people are better off? What difference does it make if someone has more than me or you? I don't care. The universe is not fair and it's not the role of government to make it fair.

    Let's say I walk up to you and someone you hate and I offer you a deal: I'll give your enemy $700 and you $300 or I will give you both nothing. You get to choose. Your enemy has no choice. What do you choose?

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