The word "occupy" means many different things in our vernacular, now. Some people hate the new association with the word, some love it, and some are really confused about it. I would like to say I am in the middle group, but I have to admit that I am still confused by some if it.
That said: the underlying premise is the exact thing I warned about 30 years ago, and I have been going on-an-on about for the past ten years: supply-side economic theory cannot function as an actual economic plan. In George HW Bush's words, it is Voodoo Economics.
In the early 1980s I said to people that this would end up being socialism for the rich. If only! I may have actually UNDER-estimated the severity and gravity of those words. This is actually super-socialism for the rich! This is socialism-on-steroids for the rich.
Back to "occupy."
Back in November, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee said:
No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure,” said Deutch in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. “No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy. It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.
Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics
OCCUPIED: Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest.
Deutch is pretty ballsy to attempt this. I mean . . . I believe the assassinations will start in the next election cycle. The corporate interests (the 1%) have successfully maintained a 30+ year culture war between the fearful (bigots) and the poor (minorities). These whackos with their guns and misinterpretation of the Constitution are feeling more and more justified all the time. I believe they will begin to take the Gabrielle Giffords route more often than the electoral route, to further their social agenda.
People like Deutch are dangerous enough to eliminate, but unknown enough to blow-away with nominal repercussions.
So, it is important to keep talking about this stuff, to keep it in the public discussion, because once we go silent, the corporations will continue the job they started while we were all sniffing cocaine in the 1980s.
VIDEO: Florida congressman talks OCCUPIED amendment on MSNBC
Kyle G. Brixton
Kyle G. Brixton