Yesterday, 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters ran down to Goldman Sachs headquarters on the mere rumor that President George Bush was visiting the buliding. Bush was apparently inside pitching Goldman staff on the Keystone XL pipeline. The OWS crowd chanted “Arrest George Bush” before convening an General Assembly outside the building.
One can understand why the occupiers would be upset with Bush. His Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson bailed out Wall Street after all. But Bush and Paulson are no longer in office. President Obama, and his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (who helped Paulson plan and implement the bailouts as President of the New York Federal Reserve), are. If the OWS movement really cared about Wall Street’s influence over Washington, they would be marching on the White House to demand Geithner’s resignation. Or at least demanding that Obama return all the money that MF Global chairman and chief executive Jon Corzine bundled for Obama’s 2012 campaign. The Washington Post reports:
Employees of the company have given $108,650 to Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to federal records. MF Global’s chairman and chief executive, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, has raised at least $500,000 for the campaign and the DNC as a “bundler,” or volunteer fundraiser. … MF Global declared bankruptcy Monday, becoming the first U.S. victim of the European debt crisis. The FBI plans to conduct a preliminary probe into reports that hundreds of millions of dollars are missing from client accounts, federal law enforcement officials said.
Why isn’t Occupy Wall Street marching to MF Global headquarters? Why aren’t they camping out on Jon Corzine’s front lawn? Freddie Mac just requested another $6 billion in taxpayer bailouts. Their executives are taking home million dollar bonuses. Where are the OWS marches on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
I have no problem with people peacefully protesting outside an appearance by George Bush or any other politician. Go for it.
But where are the protests against the #1 recipient of Wall Street cash? Why aren’t they camped out on the White House lawn?
As some of our readers here have noticed, anyone who starts bashing Obama in a OWS livestream will soon get banned and have all their comments deleted.
What’s that you say? OWS is not pro-Obama?
I didn’t say they were. I said the purpose of OWS is to divert attention away from Obama and to dissipate progressive energies. Zucchini Park has been “occupied” for about a month and a half and what have they accomplished? Nada planada.
Meanwhile the media isn’t talking about Solyndra, Fast and Furious and/or all the money that Obama is raising from those 1%ers.
And next year the OWSers will vote for Obama because (repeat after me):
“The Republicans are worse!™”