Today’s announcement by NY Mayor Bloomberg that he is now backing Obama for the election is huge. I’ve been following Bloomberg closely for the past year, especially after the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is a huge shift for mayor Bloomburg who has a Republican background and has always been a staunch supporter of Corporate America.
What caused the shift? In his own words – Super Storm Sandy. The effects of global warming finally struck home and on that card there is no doubt that the Deomcrats have a better record than the Republicans.
I watched the pictures of the Atlantic Ocean flooding onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange a few days ago. Maybe it was Nature’s own Occupy Wall Street that finally got the message home. It has finally placed Global Warming at the center of US Politics, where it belongs. In fact (if and) when Obama is announced President next week, Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement could well prove to have been the pivot point of the whole lead up to the election.
The “Trickle Down Effect” takes on a new level of reality: Ocean water trickling into the heart of Corporate America; Global Warming trickling into the heart of American politics. So huge a symbolic moment is rare. Lets hope it will go down as a defining moment in the fight against Global Warming too…
I am not an American citizen. I live far away. However American politics ultimately affects me along with everyone else on the planet. So I watch whats going on from the outside and am often very puzzled with what I see.
In my opinion the OccupyWallStreet movement is well overdue. And I’m hoping it can bring about much needed change. I also appreciate people within the movement who say it’s not about right wing or left wing leanings – its about the 99% versus the 1%.
Whether you agree with the Occupy movement or not is up to you. But what I can’t understand is how any US citizen that believes in the Occupy movement can continue to vote Republican. The single most obvious and practical step to level the playing fields between the 99% and the 1% is to tax the 1% more. Always has been. It’s not rocket science.
Only a short while ago, however, I watched as the US government came up with solutions to reign in its massive deficit. Amongst the Democrats proposals was higher taxes on the rich. But the Republicans would have nothing of it. So vehemently were they opposed to higher taxes on the rich, that they held Obama over a barrel until the last minute – effectively sabotaging the country’s credit rating in the process.
No wonder then that the big Banksters (the ones who caused the mess in the first place) would love for the Republicans to win. Just look at who is funding the leading Republican candidates – Mitt Romney’s -campaign and you will see that it is basically bought and paid-for by the Big Banks.
I’m also aware that the Democrats haven’t done enough to reign in the banks. But when you put the two parties side to side its clear who the better of the two is in this regard.
So it is all good and dandy that anybody can support the Occupy movement – but please American Occupiers, next time you vote, please “OccupyYourBrains” first. Your votes do count you know…
UPDATE (1 November 2011): ROMNEY INVOLVED IN PONZI SCHEME