On Friday, we posted some advice for OccupyWallStreet from Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi and it’s great advice. One of the downsides of a “leaderless” movement is that “message” is all over the place.
Is there corporate greed? Absolutely. Are all corporations greedy? No. Is there corporate money in elections? Yes there is. And corporate money in elections often times finds its way into the hands of politicians you want elected. Public financing of elections? It won’t happen, especially if a canddiate can raise more money than they’d receive from a publicly financed campaign like Barack Obama did in 2008. A third party run? Usually hurts the candidate you’d like to see win.
Make no mistake, the Occupy crowd would benefit from getting more Democrats elected because all the Republicans in DC do is say “no” to everything in hopes thsi President fails. They are willing to let the country go down the drain as long as it means they can pin it on President Obama. Hoping, of course, that Americans will forget who was driving the nation’s economy off a cliff to begin with.
But to see signs that say “corporations are evil” conflict with other signs that say “where are the jobs?” Corporations create jobs. If you have a job offer from a company you don’t like or don’t respect or disapprove of their general business practices, don’t work there. If a corporation created 1,000 new jobs, would they be evil? What if those jobs were at a health insurance company? I’m not saying there isn’t corporate greed, because there is. But if you want new private sector jobs, those are created by corporations and small business.
BigBanks are evil? That’s pretty subjective. I would have loved to set up my small business banking needs with my credit union, but they don’t do SMB banking services. And the bank I went with was acquired by Chase. I take great delight in telling Wells fargo “no” when they call asking for my business when I had an issue with them 14 years ago with my personal accounts.
And as consumers, you can hold corporations into account. Which corporations give money to tea Party Republican candidates? Don’t do business with them. Which corporations support blue candidates for office? Support them. Not buying a GM car because they took a bailout? Well, you could be putting hundreds of union workers on the street. I don’t stay in certain hotels or eat in certain restaurants because they advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s program or Sean Hannity’s radio show. I will support business that are on Stephanie Miller’s show or Ed Schultz’s program. And if the business swings between right and left, I usually say no (consorting with the enemy).
So let’s do some homework here. I’m sure healthcare insurance providers would be a ripe target of protests. Speaking of “Target.” remember they had a bad “anti-union” training video out there preaching the evils of unions. Don’t like Ralph’s Grocery chain; buy your food at the local Farmer’s Market. Shoot, just listen to some of the advertisers on Limbaugh, Hannity, or John and Ken for that matter and you can probably have a list of boycotts in a day. The boycott of Glenn Beck’s show is what led to his cancellation (or resignation) from his crazy hour on Fox News.
I hope the OccupySantaAna people learn from the mistakes of the OccupyIrvine event; get your permits earlier. Have cold water and food available for consumption. Port-a-potties anyone? How about instructions on where you can park your car? A good food truck would have made a killing Saturday. A hot dog cart would have sold out. Cold water anyone? $2 please….
It’s also amusing to see the LaRouche types and Ron Paul fans show up at these events. They were greatly overshadowed by college students facing enormous debt, retirerees who saw much of their savings disappear in the stock market fiasco, and the middle class families struggling to pay a mortgage on a home that’s probably underwater with kids to put through college soon. Its the later where all the energy came from this weekend.
If you want, identify some of the companies out there who don’t deserve your dollars and explain why in the comments below. Take action not to patronize those businesses.
The comments from the conserverati about the growing Occupy movement remind me of the left’s initial thoughts on the Tea Party. Occupy needs to sustain its message through the coming primary season and affec tthe 2012 elections the same way the Tea party did in 2010. It can happen.