Saturday, November 19, 2011

Here Comes the Left's Attempt to Co-Opt Occupation Wall Street

Greg Sargent reports:
Get ready for “Occupy Congress.”

The coalition — which includes unions like SEIU and CWA and groups like the Center for Community Change — is currently working on a plan to bus thousands of protesters from across the country to Washington, where they will congregate around the Capitol from December 5-9, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry tells me in an interview.
Of note, is one of their top goals:
One goal of the protests, Henry says, is to pressure Republicans to support Obama’s jobs creation proposals. . . .

“The reason we’re targeting Republicans is because this is about jobs,” she said. “The Republicans’ insistence that no revenue can be put on the table is the reason we’re not creating jobs in this country. We want to draw a stark contrast between a party that wants to scapegoat immigrants, attack public workers, and protect the rich, versus a president who has been saying he wants America to get back to work and that everybody should pay their fair share.”
As I pointed out in September,"The Obama jobs/infrastructure program is a scam to expand government and pour money into the pockets of banksters and union leaders." The employment picture is improving on its own. No jobs program is required from the government.

Given that Obama's jobs program will directly pour money into sectors controlled by unions, it is not a surprise they are in favor of the program and will attempt to co-opt OWS to push the program. As I said back in September, Obama stay away: The private sector employment picture is just fine (and improving). The only place significant job losses are appearing at this time are at the state and local government level. This is a good thing, instead of being part of the bureaucracy, these people will now have to become productive in the private sector.


  1. They co-opted in Paris, Moscow, Spain, U.S. (VietNam), so why not now?
    Never changes. Sigh.

  2. So who would have thought that OWS movement would end up being about rent seeking and corporatism? LOL They aren't really fighting against the corrupt way the banker operate, they are fighting for a piece of the action! They are really no different then the champagne socialists in Europe.

  3. That's right Anonymous, Occupy is about rent seeking and corporatism.

    Note how the Occupiers demand that the wealthy be looted. But they also condemn the wealthy, or at least the 1%, as corrupt without offering ANY specific reform to eliminate the corruption through which the 1% became superwealthy. In fact, they demonstate no understanding of the corruption. Basically, the Occupiers just want a cut of the action.

    By the way, the unions have been involved in Occupy Chicago for many weeks, and all the Occupiers that I've encountered in Chicago have been friendly toward the unions.

  4. The No Agenda Podcast ( has offered an interesting theory about OWS: that the movement was co-opted or started early by the white house to push the jobs bill, however the 99% group began to generate too much support, causing the infiltrators to lose control and message. Enter DHS's coordinating the early morning rousting of these protests.

  5. "We want to draw a stark contrast......"

    My translation of what Ms. Henry is really saying:

    "Since there are no real, substantive differences between the blowhards of party "D" and the blowhards of party "R" and we both continue to be abysmal failures as usual, the best we can do is create figments of our fertile imaginations in the hopes of fooling the people again."