COLBY, Kan. - If readers go back and read Bob Hooper's A Message from the SEA Party, they'll find these snippets in Hooper's article: "Then with a wide grin, 'You think the millionaire ought to pay more taxes than the bus driver ... or less?' A thunderous 'MORE!' from the crowd... It's Obama and his class war .... W-w-w-wait. You're shaking your head. Not Oba..? Wha... Reagan? Reagan, a Marxist economic justice'er? Well, indeed. It was Ronald Reagan. He was speaking at Northside HIgh School in Atlanta on June 6, 1985, shortly after starting his second term."
And then a little snippet from an anonymous commenter named Jonathan in reply to Hooper's article, " ...take your anti-capitalism message and go home - before somebody gets killed."
I say, "Jonathan, did you forget that the 'great communicator' was a Republican capitalist? He apparently didn't hear or interpret the thunderous response of the crowd. Instead, he came up with his famous 'trickle down theory'. How did that work for you, or anyone else reading here in Kansas Free Press?"
The Republicans and right wing talk show hosts have had a hey day with Obama's 'redistribution of the wealth.' Are they unaware of the redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the top economic classes? If you are in the 200K or less category of income, you most likely have a smaller percent of the wealth, today, than you had last year. Your percent has been steadily declining for several years. What do you call that if it isn't redistribution of wealth? The redistribution is moving the wrong way for most of us.
Anyone who sees the rich folks stimulating the economy and producing new jobs, with their tax savings, needs to clean their glasses and start studying history! The Reagan tax cuts and the last big Bush tax cuts didn't seem to invigorate the economy for anyone but the rich. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. When less than 10% of the population owns or controls well over 50% of the nation's wealth and are exponentially gaining more and more, the economy for the other 90% is going into the tank.
We cheer the protestors and demonstrators over in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, ----, and condemn their government forces for trying to disperse them. Yet, here at home we send in the police squads to quell any unrest or demonstration.
Perhaps we need to listen to the core message of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, instead of focusing on the misfits and thrill seekers. The public media, that the conservative right accuses of being leftist and liberal, has headlined the negative actions of a few and ignored the real dedication of the leaders of the movement.