Top GOP Strategist: Scared of Occupy Wall Street, Here’s How To Lie About It

My personal favorite line: “Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It.” -Frank Luntz

The Republican Governor’s Association met in Florida this week and featured pollster Frank Luntz, who offered a coaching session for attendees about how they should communicate to the public. Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody was there, and captured some of Luntz’s comments on Occupy Wall Street.

Luntz told attendees that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death.” The pollster warned that the movement is “having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” So the pollster offered some advice for them about how to fight back. Here’s a few snippets of what he said, according to Moody:

– Don’t Mention Capitalism: Luntz said that his polling research found that “The public…still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”

– Empathize With The 99 Percent Protesters: Luntz instructed attendees to tell protesters that they “get it”: “First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ … ‘I get that you’re. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”

– Don’t Say Bonus: Luntz told Republicans to re-frame the concept of the bonus payment — which bailed-out Wall Street doles out to its employees during holidays — as “pay for performance” instead.

– Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It: “They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers,” Luntz instructed the audience. “We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”

– Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich: Luntz reminded Republicans that Americans actually do want to tax the rich, so he reccommended they instead say that the government “takes from the rich.”

via Top GOP Strategist Admits He’s ‘Scared’ Of Occupy Wall Street Because It’s ‘Having An Impact’ | ThinkProgress.

Bank Regulations? No Enforcement. Park Regulations? Violent Crackdown with Storm Troopers.


Here’s an excellent, no-holds-barred answer:

“”WHERE IS OBAMA WHILE ALL THIS BRUTALITY ON PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS IS HAPPENING” is something I have seen no less than 25 times today. Here is my take:

He’s right where he was when 250,000 people took to the streets in Madison Wisconsin during the union busting this past winter.

He’s sitting in his office with a wall street lobbyist he hired as his the manager of his $1BILLION campaign, funded by corporations & wall street.

He’s perhaps having pancakes this morning with Jeffrey Immelt, the former CEO of General Electric who shipped 80,000 jobs overseas in 2010 & was hand selected to be in charge of Obamas jobs panel.

He’s perhaps enjoying a round of golf with Boehner & Michael Taylor today, Michael Taylor being the former vice president at MONSANTOS who is now senior advisor of the FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION.

Not only is obama a 1%, he is the head 1%’r. Along with Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter…

It is the diseased system, the politicians are the operators & the symptoms of the system. They contol you and divide WE THE PEOPLE with a cartoon of an elephant & a donkey so you don’t pay attention to the fact that they are transfering your labor/wealth/earth into the hands of a very small amount of elite.

The same elite that kill millions in the name of securing resources (war) and the same elite that are killing the air & water we need to exists as a species, and quickly.

They do this with a mainstream media that is owned by 6 corporations, which are owned by the same elite.


– Kevin Smith, on Facebook

Think about that. Listen to the silence from Washington. Listen to the screams of innocent Americans being pepper-sprayed.

Republicans, Tea Partiers, the 1%, and the Police expect You to Ignore This

America, mark my words: they may not use real bullets, but deaths are going to follow. Any real patriots going to notice our people being treated worse than we treat Iraqis or Afghanistanis? Will you notice the systematic abuse of human rights in cities across the country?

This is going to come home to roost, and it’s not going to be pretty.

Beat[ing] Poets: Police Beat Back Moral Authority

From the New York Times, a report from poet Robert Hass on the Occupy protests at UC Berkeley

Tents Float Above UC Berkeley

“My wife was speaking to the young deputies about the importance of nonviolence and explaining why they should be at home reading to their children, when one of the deputies reached out, shoved my wife in the chest and knocked her down.”

“They swung hard into their chests and bellies. Particularly shocking to me — it must be a generational reaction — was that they assaulted both the young men and the young women with the same indiscriminate force. If the students turned away, they pounded their ribs. If they turned further away to escape, they hit them on their spines.”

“They had hit me hard enough so that I was sore for days, but not hard enough to leave much of a mark. I wasn’t so badly off. One of my colleagues, also a poet, Geoffrey O’Brien, had a broken rib. Another colleague, Celeste Langan, a Wordsworth scholar, got dragged across the grass by her hair when she presented herself for arrest.”

Occupy Bloomberg: You Go, Keith

At least some of the media isn’t pulling any punches on the latest human rights debacle at Zucotti Park. 

Keith Olberman rants forth:

Karl Rove Flips Out at Protesters, Acts Like Karl Rove

Ummm, gee, Karl, if they’re not in the 99%, they must be the people you work for, right?

Sure, Karl Rove is an arrogant asshat. He doesn’t know that of course, any more than he realizes his head looks like a canned ham. He does know he is an architect of the 1%’s growth and stranglehold on power, and he’s proud of it.

The irony here? Historians agree (and Karl himself confirms) that Rove’s hatred for the hippies in the 60’s spurred his right turn in college. It must really, really piss him off to see protesters coming back – and being so arrogant as to have a voice. I love it.


Occupy Wall Street? Occupy America!

Banks Risking $235 Trillion And The World Economy? Nah, it’s those kids in the park that are really dangerous

Watching the local abuses of police power here in Albuquerque, same as it is in many cities around the country, I struggle to put it into some perspective. Andrew Beale has been getting arrested as a protester at (Un)Occupy Albuquerque, and he has given us some perspective:

The total size of the resulting bailout (so far) is estimated at about $12.2 trillion, about 5 percent of the derivative exposure—$235 trillion—of the aforementioned banks.

I’d like to emphasize that’s “trillion” with a T. As in: one million millions.

The entire GDP of the United States last year was about $14.5 trillion—about one-sixteenth of those contracts.

Or think about it like this: The population of the entire world hit 7 billion on Halloween. If that $235 trillion was real money and it was distributed equally among everyone on Earth, we would each get more than $33,500.

Consider these things the next time you hear a public official talk about cutting funding to Social Security or the school system. When the senator from Arizona starts whining about how much money undocumented immigrants are costing us, give some thought to how you feel about covering $235 trillion in big banks’ gambling debts.

Too big to fail? I say the derivatives market is too big to allow. Which is precisely why we must continue to occupy Wall Street and everywhere else these banks show their faces—regardless of whether we’re granted the proper permit.

via Occupy the Alibi: Big banks’ big risks By Andrew Beale.

So Far They’re Only Using Rubber Bullets: It’s Important To Protect Us From Ourselves.


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