Progressive Blogger and Occupy Salisbury Leader Ron Pagano Spews Propaganda

Letter to the editor in the Daily Times:

I’m tired of those who belittle the unemployed and those who need help from entitlement programs. These stalwarts of American individualism claim there are enough jobs for everyone who really wants to work — which means not blacks, immigrants, Hispanics or too lazy to get up off of their butts.

What is it about compassion, understanding and reality these “stalwarts” fail to grasp?

In the same breath, they praise those “rugged individuals” who “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” — those who start with nothing and scratch out a niche in their marketplace, working 18-hour days, six- or seven-day weeks, entrepreneurs of the late ’80s and ’90s, who started the “tech bubble.” Remember that one? These job creators are the backbone of America, and without them we’d have fallen into the great abyss.

Blah, blah, blah.

Call me crazy, but aren’t we deep in the abyss? Millions have lost their jobs, homes, cars, savings and investments. Those “job creators,” dot-com bubble-makers, Wall Street high-yield investment gurus, Bernie Madoff knock-offs,bankers who created the mortgage bubble and made billions when it burst and corporate executivess who sent millions of jobs overseas have sucked the life out of every working family. They point fingers at the unemployed, elderly, disabled, hungry children or mentally ill and say,”It’s their fault. Big government.Entitlement fever caused this.”

Fact: Big government didn’t cause the meltdown. It was greedy, sleight-of-hand financial games; devious, unconscionable rape of workers’ savings and investments — including homes that were manipulated into low or no-interest mortgages; creation of collatoralized debt obligations questionably rated by credit agencies; and Wall Street banks that put billions into mortgage debentures, but then ‘shorted’ them, betting that they would continue to collapse, and in the process, make them billions more without regard for the victim — the middle class.

I’m tired of hacks like Rep. Andy Harris blaming high taxes imposed on the wealthy and corporations — his supporters, the so-called “job creators” — for this economic mess.” Based on mean personal tax rates, there are only seven countries with lower rates than the United States (28 percent): Mexico (18 percent), Korea (16 percent), Australia (27 percent), Iceland (27 percent), Ireland (25 percent), New Zealand (21 percent) and Japan (27 percent). (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007) The rest run up to 55 percent.

In 2008, the GAO reported that 55 percent of US businesses paid no federal income taxes during at least one year in the last seven it studied.

Based on these findings — and the widening gap between wealthy and middle-class incomes — is there anyone who really thinks the rich or businesses are worse off now than they were 30 years ago?

Ron Pagano is a semi-retired lawyer, financial adviser and entrepreneur.

Editor Notes:

I am tired of leftists spewing forth lies. I am tired of being blamed for their failures and the misery they create. The type of thinking above is one big reason America is in the trouble it is now.

Tea partiers out-organized Occupy Wall Street

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder and Service Employees International Union organizer Wade Rathke acknowledged that the tea party movement has been more effective than Occupy Wall Street in influencing American politics.

Rathke was unequivocal about the Occupy movement, telling TheDC that “in no way has it had the political impact that the tea party movement has.” Yet because Occupy organizing is “still in its embryonic stages” while tea partiers have been organizing for more than two years, he cautions that “comparing the tea party movement to OWS is apples and oranges.”

While watching ACORN implode in the United States, Rathke has thrived in his new role as community organizer to the world by remaking ACORN International, known as Community Organization International in the U.S., into a worldwide community organization with near-global reach and power. And former ACORN board members say Rathke’s remarkable global turnaround is proof that most observers completely missed ACORN’s bigger picture and its broader goals.

Rathke generally had positive things to say about both the tea party and Occupy movements. “They are substantially mobilizing individuals around a set of principles,” he added. “It’s fascinating that they’re both appealing to many of the same people.”

That’s a point on which Matthew Vadum, a conservative investigative reporter whose book-length deconstruction of ACORN hit stores in May, disagrees. His book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, opens with the provocative question, “How many dead Republicans does it take to satisfy the bloodlust of ACORN founder Wade Rathke?” referring to his contention that Rathke’s “progressive comrades-in arms” planned “to kill delegates and police” at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota, before a turncoat helped law-enforcement dismantle the plot.*

Read more here.

10 Angry Liberals: ‘Occupy’ comes to Salisbury Maryland

10 Angry Liberals

At about noon, roughly 10 people gathered at the intersection of Broad Street and Route 13 to show support for Occupy protesters as well as urging Maryland lawmakers to bolster job creation through infrastructure improvements.

The picture says it all.