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October 15, 2011

Silly 1 percenter on display

The rich girl protester, that so many people are posting to their profiles, is a symbol of the misguided Occupy Wall Street movement (my latest for WNYC’s A Free Country).

And, extra link, woman in the 2% is mad at the 1%.

Posted by Karol at 02:19 PM |

So there are thousands of protesters complaining that they’re in debt, and one protester complaining that she has way too much money. Can’t they just get together, exchange some checks, and stop annoying the rest of us?

Posted by: Yaron at October 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Yaron, that might have been the best comment I read on the whole situation. How are you not on twitter??

Posted by: Karol at October 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Cut and paste time!

By a 67 – 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 – 10 percent that it is “okay that they are protesting,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 – 11 percent and independent voters 58 – 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 – 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.

New York City voters say 72 – 24 percent, including 52 – 41 percent among Republicans, that if the protesters obey the law, they can stay as long as they wish.

A total of 72 percent of voters say they understand the protesters’ views “very well” or “fairly well,” with 17 percent who say “not too well” and 10 percent who say “not well at all.”

Voters split 46 – 45 percent in their approval of the way police are handling the Wall Street protest, but approve 61 – 33 percent of how the police are doing their job overall.

“It’s a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting. But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street views of the protesters.

“For a while, the critics focused on the cops’ use of pepper spray at the protests. Voters are divided on how police are handling the protesters, but they say almost 2-to-1 that police are doing a good job overall.”

Asked who is to blame for the current state of the nation’s economy;
37 percent of New York City voters blame the administration of former President George W. Bush;
21 percent blame Wall Street and financial institutions;
18 percent blame Congress;
11 percent blame President Barack Obama.
New York City voters support 61 – 28 percent an extension of the state’s so-called ‘Millionaire’s Tax.’ Even Republicans support the extension 55 – 38 percent.

Voters also support 73 – 19 percent, including 48 – 40 percent among Republicans, tougher government regulation of banks and Wall Street firms.

“New Yorkers, even Republicans, back the Wall Street protesters on at least two things they’re talking about, a get-tough attitude toward banks and Wall Street and continuation of the state’s ‘Millionaire’s Tax,’” Carroll said.

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at October 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

Karol – thanks. Even if I were on Twitter, I would probably be talking about work stuff and not political stuff, though. I’m trying to avoid politics on the internet – but this “occupy Wall Street” stuff is really aggravating. There’s something about socialist youth movements that I find historically troubling, if you will.

Posted by: Yaron at October 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oilybird, As the protesters themselves don’t know what they’re protesting it’s pretty easy for people to superimpose their own views on to them. And of course they should be allowed to protest and it’s “ok that they’re protesting”. As long as they stay peaceful the can protest their little hearts out. Plus I think it hurts Obama in ‘12 so bonus.

Posted by: Karol at October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

Yaron, you could use a pseudonym! Something about having lunch daily.

Posted by: Karol at October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

Hm, yes, I suppose that’s possible.

Posted by: Yaron at October 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

The polling numbers above are hilarious…NYC voters being polled…NYC is a Loon Fest.

Who cares what NY’rs think, I’m just glad the Yankees are out of the Playoffs.

Seriously, what matters is that these Occupiers, support the status quo of Big Government. They just want more free stuff.


University of California $1,648,685
Goldman Sachs $1,013,091
Harvard University $878,164
Microsoft Corp $852,167
Google Inc $814,540
JPMorgan Chase & Co $808,799
Citigroup Inc $736,771
Time Warner $624,618
Sidley Austin LLP $600,298
Stanford University $595,716
National Amusements Inc $563,798
WilmerHale LLP $550,668
Columbia University $547,852
Skadden, Arps et al $543,539
UBS AG $532,674
IBM Corp $532,372
General Electric $529,855
Morgan Stanley $512,232
Latham & Watkins $503,295

Goldman Sachs, JPMorganChase, Citigroup,UBS, Morgan Stanly…well that about covers the heaviest of hitter from Wall Street. Quick, let’s Occupy the Obama White House.

Goldman Sachs was the top corporate donor and gave 4 times as much money to Obama as they did McCain. The Democrat versus Republican numbers are just as telling.

“According to figures dating to 1990, Goldman Sachs’ PAC and employees have consistently contributed more money to Democratic rather than Republican candidates for federal office.
In the 2008 election, three out of every four dollars contributed by Goldman Sachs went to Democrats.

Posted by: RB Miller at October 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm
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