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Author: Subject: Bill Maher's Shoutout To The Occupy Protesters

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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 01:22 AM
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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/02/04/bill_maher_tells_occupy_p rotesters_to_get_a_job.html

Bill Maher turned his ire toward the "Occupy" protests that took place across the country in the fall and continue in some locations today. Maher says he find himself "almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich" and tells them to "get a job."

Maher said they initially did a good job, but now the "movement" is "just a bunch of douchebags who think throwing a chair through the Starbucks window is going to bring on the revolution." Read what he said below.

"Similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off," Bill Maher said about the "Occupy" protests on his HBO program "Real Time."

"As I watch them on the news now, I find myself almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich, like, 'You know what, get a job.' Only because the people who originally started it, I think they went home. Now it's just these anarchists stragglers. And this is the problem when your movement involves sleeping over in the park. You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway. And I think this is where we are with the 'Occupy movement'" Maher said on this week's broadcast.

"They did a great job of bringing up the issue of income inequality to the floor, but now it's just a bunch of douchebags who think throwing a chair through the Starbucks window is going to bring on the revolution," he also said to his panel.



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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 09:54 AM
I guess he's worried about his contract with Time/Warner


 

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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 12:59 PM
On the filip side, all the OWS defenders have gotten pretty quiet.
 

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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 03:00 PM
DC city workers wearing haz-mat gear to tear down Occupy DC. I'm guessing that is a good idea!


 

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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 03:41 PM
Anyone really think that protest is a tea and crumpet event? Sorry....it's not. Woodstock was a music event and there was still the same mess. A lot of people gathered in a relatively small area leave a big footprint.

 

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DC city workers wearing haz-mat gear to tear down Occupy DC. I'm guessing that is a good idea!





GARBAGE LEFT ON THE GROUND AFTER TEA PARTY RALLY


http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/10-of-the-worl ds-dirtiest-events/912-tea-party-protest

http://www.stripersonline.com/t/821937/hypocrisy-from-the-tea-party-concern ing-trash-and-other-observations

 

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Uh, just a thought, but I don't believe the tea party was at that location for several days. If it was just for the afternoon....man, they left a pretty good mess didn't they.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2012 at 09:14 PM
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"As I watch them on the news now, I find myself almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich, like, 'You know what, get a job.'


MOST OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS HAVE JOBS; UNEMPLOYMENT
MUCH LOWER AMONG OCCUPY PROTESTERS THAN TEA PARTY
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/11/most-%E2%80%9Coccupy-wall-street%E2%80 %9D-protesters-have-jobs/

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They did a great job of bringing up the issue of income inequality to the floor


Correct, Mr. Maher.

 

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  posted on 2/6/2012 at 07:12 AM
You mean nobody knew there was income inequality in America before these protests? Really?

 

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You mean nobody knew there was income inequality in America before these protests? Really?


Most Americans haven't a clue about a great deal of otherwise obvious problems in their own country. It's partly why many of us believe that as a whole, Americans are VERY ignorant. And it's this ignorance that enables the kind of manipulation by many interests that has gotten us to where we are today. Including income inequality at a level never before seen in the history of our nation.

 

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You mean nobody knew there was income inequality in America before these protests? Really?


Most Americans haven't a clue about a great deal of otherwise obvious problems in their own country. It's partly why many of us believe that as a whole, Americans are VERY ignorant. And it's this ignorance that enables the kind of manipulation by many interests that has gotten us to where we are today. Including income inequality at a level never before seen in the history of our nation.

What percentage do you mean by "most"? What demographic are you talking about, and what do you base your conclusion on? If many of you believe, as a whole, that Americans are VERY ignorant, who are the "many" you refer to? Are they enlightened foreigners? Canadians?

 

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You mean nobody knew there was income inequality in America before these protests? Really?


Most Americans haven't a clue about a great deal of otherwise obvious problems in their own country. It's partly why many of us believe that as a whole, Americans are VERY ignorant. And it's this ignorance that enables the kind of manipulation by many interests that has gotten us to where we are today. Including income inequality at a level never before seen in the history of our nation.


Maybe it's not ignorance as much as the fact that people don't
care about it. When asked to name the top issues facing the
country, almost nobody says income inequality.

http://misunderstoodfinance.blogspot.com/2011/12/voters-not-concerned-about -income.html

 

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You mean nobody knew there was income inequality in America before these protests? Really?


Most Americans haven't a clue about a great deal of otherwise obvious problems in their own country. It's partly why many of us believe that as a whole, Americans are VERY ignorant. And it's this ignorance that enables the kind of manipulation by many interests that has gotten us to where we are today. Including income inequality at a level never before seen in the history of our nation.


Maybe it's not ignorance as much as the fact that people don't
care about it. When asked to name the top issues facing the
country, almost nobody says income inequality.

http://misunderstoodfinance.blogspot.com/2011/12/voters-not-concerned-about -income.html


Perhaps they don't care. But they should as it has tremendous consequences for the long-term health of the middle class and therefore the nation as whole.

 

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Perhaps they don't care. But they should as it has tremendous consequences for the long-term health of the middle class and therefore the nation as whole.


The idea that they don't care may be more accurate. There has been income inequality in this country since it's inception. Whether people should care about it now or not is a matter of opinion.

 

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Perhaps they don't care. But they should as it has tremendous consequences for the long-term health of the middle class and therefore the nation as whole.


The idea that they don't care may be more accurate. There has been income inequality in this country since it's inception. Whether people should care about it now or not is a matter of opinion.



Of course there's been income inequality since our inception. But it's the very large percentage growth of this inequality over the past thirty years which is the problem with regard to the future of the middle class and therefore the nation.

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I agree with Chain. Until the protests there wasn't a voice speaking for the people who felt powerless to be heard. I think it brought a number of things to light including the fact that maybe this isn't as free a country as we'd like to think. I appreciate their efforts in trying to wake up the people.

 

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I think what the fool who makes fun of the ows protesters, says "shower and get a job" and cries "socialists" doesnt realize is, that many of these protesters had jobs, and were self sufficiant before the wealthy, supossed "job creators" started exporting jobs, hording cash, and trying to eliminate the middle class. and ill bet they didnt live in their mothers basement in their 50s, screaming "lazy" "liberal" "socialist"

 

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There has been income inequality in this country since it's inception.



But in the past 30 years, thanks to conservative policies, income inequality has reached unprecedented levels in this country. The fact that people are now taking to the streets to protest about it (OWS) means that it has reached the boiling point.



 

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I think what the fool who makes fun of the ows protesters, says "shower and get a job" and cries "socialists" doesnt realize is, that many of these protesters had jobs, and were self sufficiant before the wealthy, supossed "job creators" started exporting jobs, hording cash, and trying to eliminate the middle class. and ill bet they didnt live in their mothers basement in their 50s, screaming "lazy" "liberal" "socialist"


Our good friend from Cincy sure does decry the very system under which he admittedly subsists. That does say a lot about his credibility doesn't it?

 

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Perhaps they don't care. But they should as it has tremendous consequences for the long-term health of the middle class and therefore the nation as whole.


The idea that they don't care may be more accurate. There has been income inequality in this country since it's inception. Whether people should care about it now or not is a matter of opinion.



There also may be a difference between not caring about something and not being able to do something about it, no matter how much you do care.

 

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There has been income inequality in this country since it's inception.



But in the past 30 years, thanks to conservative policies, income inequality has reached unprecedented levels in this country. The fact that people are now taking to the streets to protest about it (OWS) means that it has reached the boiling point.







Exactly the point and well documented, woodsdweller. It isn't that we've always had income inequality, it's that it's growth of this inequality over the past 30 years has skyrocketed. More than any other relatively wealthy nation in the world, in fact. If you put aside the partisan slogans of "class warfare" or "corporate greed", etc. and really objectively consider the actual facts, it's very alarming as to where the middle class is headed if we don't address this issue.

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  posted on 2/6/2012 at 01:59 PM
I asked this a while back in another thread but never got an answer so this seems to be a perfect time to ask it again. If there is a finite amount of money....and if the treasury doesn't print more which most everyone agrees isn't the answer....and if the top 1% continues to 'hoard' more and more of the money.....where do people expect the rest of the people to get money? I may not understand it all but seems to me if there's a pie with six pieces and someone has five of them, there's just one piece left for everyone else. So, exactly where is all that money the 1% are getting coming from?

 

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If there is a finite amount of money....and if the treasury doesn't print more which most everyone agrees isn't the answer....and if the top 1% continues to 'hoard' more and more of the money.....where do people expect the rest of the people to get money?


They wouldn't hoard it so much if the President wasn't so mean to them.

 

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Exactly the point and well documented, woodsdweller. It isn't that we've always had income inequality, it's that it's growth of this inequality over the past 30 years has skyrocketed. More than any other relatively wealthy nation in the world, in fact. If you put aside the partisan slogans of "class warfare" or "corporate greed", etc. and really objectively consider the actual facts, it's very alarming as to where the middle class is headed if we don't address this issue.


I would tend to agree with you on this, and agree the top 1% is benefitting at the expense of the rest of us. That is a vastly different issue than this:

"Most Americans haven't a clue about a great deal of otherwise obvious problems in their own country. It's partly why many of us believe that as a whole, Americans are VERY ignorant. And it's this ignorance that enables the kind of manipulation by many interests that has gotten us to where we are today."

To me it comes down to what I am willing to do to provide for myself and my family. I'm willing to work hard, take risks, work more, etc. I'm not willing to become what I rail against to get it. I've been through some pretty tough times in my life, but we always seem to get by, which has turned out to be enough for us. The rest of it is just "stuff".

 

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