Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Randi Rhodes: Enter the Unions

Tens of thousands of union members are expected to join the Wall Street protestors today. That’s good news, especially for those who may have doubted that there still were tens of thousands of union members left in this country. Back in the 60’s, union members beat up anti-war protestors. This time around, we’re all on the same side. Well, 99 percent of us are. It’s easy to tell who is on which side these days. The people on the balconies, drinking the champagne—those are the other side.

HOUR THREE GUEST: MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan on the next steps for the Get Money Out constitutional amendment now that there are over 100,000 signatures on the petition.

Mitt Romney has weighed in on the Wall Street protests, saying “I think it’s dangerous — this class warfare.” It’s no wonder Mitt doesn’t want people choosing sides, because it’s painfully obvious which side he is on. Perfect! There probably isn’t a worse candidate for president during a time of anti-Wall Street rage than Mitt Romney, unless they run that Uncle Moneybags character from the Monopoly game. Mitt wouldn’t even have to name a human being to be his running mate. Corporations are people, my friend! There’s your dream ticket! Romney/Goldman Sachs in 2012!

Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House won’t even consider President Obama’s jobs bill. Now the President is challenging Cantor to “explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in.” That’s easy—the jobs part. The President asked “Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?” Gee, Mr. President, make it simpler for Eric Cantor. Give him the option to choose “all of the above.” Republicans aren’t worried about the economy. Well, they are a little bit worried that the economy might get better. Killing this jobs bill should help prevent that.

Eric Cantor is reportedly angling to get the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket. The good news for Cantor is that it’s virtually impossible to become the worst the Republican vice presidential candidate in recent years. But think about it—if the Republican ticket were Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor, the biggest campaign expense would be hair gel.

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