Quantcast
Connect with us

Bloomberg tells ‘Occupy Wall Street’ to lay off banks

Published

on

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday pushed back at the Occupy Wall Street protesters that have been inhabiting a park in lower Manhattan for nearly three weeks, saying that their aims were contradictory.

The protesters crowding Liberty Square said they are against corporate greed, and aim their demonstration at the finance sector, the so-called “1 percent.” A popular slogan among protesters is “We are the 99 percent,” referencing the imbalance of wealth in the country.

ADVERTISEMENT

Bloomberg, however, said on his radio show Friday morning that the finance sector and corporate world were the providers of jobs. According to the Village Voice he went on to say that targeting them was counterproductive to the cause of economic injustice.

“Everyone’s got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic,” Bloomberg said. “And if you focus, for example, on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs … You can’t have it both ways: If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people.”

“The protests that are trying to destroy the jobs of working people in this city aren’t productive,” he said.

The Occupy Wall Street protest in New York is now on its 20th continuous day. The protest has inspired activism in more than 100 other cities across the U.S.

Asked whether he would attempt to shut down the protest, now on the brink of the three-week mark, Bloomberg hedged.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We are trying to deal with this in a way that doesn’t make the problem grow and protects everybody’s rights,” he said. “We’re trying to…let them express themselves.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Pro-Trump conservatives ‘trading short-term political gain for long-term ruin’: columnist

Published

on

Writing in The Atlantic this Wednesday, Rachel Shelden contends that Republicans are finding themselves "boxed in" after enabling President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.

According to Shelden, the current situation Republicans face is similar to the aftermath of the 1860 election.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘NO WAY!’ Trump starts off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss

Published

on

President Donald Trump started off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss to Joe Biden.

Biden earned a record 80 million votes, with ballots still being counted, and the president reacted to that news Thursday by insisting his loss was impossible.

"Just saw the vote tabulations," Trump tweeted. "There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION."

Twitter immediately slapped a disclaimer on his unfounded claims, which have been rejected over and over by courts and were disputed by the Homeland Security official who oversaw election security -- until the president fired him.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump will soon be a ‘dumpy 74-year-old wheeling around the golf course’ while awaiting ‘his next cheeseburger’: columnist

Published

on

Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson on Thursday published a brutal opinion piece in which she danced on President Donald Trump's political grave and relished the thought of his fading into irrelevancy.

In her column, Carlson acknowledged many liberals' fears that Trump will never leave the national spotlight, but she said the soon-to-be-ex-president is more likely to be treated more like a washed-up celebrity that a political icon.

"To those worried we will never rid ourselves of Trump, watch as he shrinks before our very eyes in a Washington minute from leader of the free world to a broken-down real estate developer up to his ears in debt," she wrote. "On Monday, Trump was just another dumpy 74-year-old man wheeling around the golf course in a motorized cart wondering how long it would be until his next cheeseburger."

Continue Reading