Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Robert Reich: Occupy Democracy

There's so much that's wrong with Robert Reich's commentary. It's like where to begin?

Mostly, it's the hypocrisy that's bugging me. The guy's hardly a money-grubbing occupy hippie. The author of numerous best-selling books, Reich has served three presidential administrations and was President Clinton's Secretary of Labor. As a political economist his words have significance, but as a class warrior he's pretty much fail. The fact that he's Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy makes me wonder if he's in his right mind. Certainly the school's benefactors have some issues with the widespread anti-Semitism of this movement, and Reich has been speaking up and down the state at these protests. I sense some desperation in the appeals as well. I mean seriously. "Money in politics"? Boy, that's a new one! Reich's boss --- Bill Clinton --- almost single-handedly turned "soft money" into a household phrase in the 1990s. It's so stupid, really. Attacks on "money in politics" are really attacks on Republicans, which in the end is nothing but lies, considering the trail of Wall Street cash leading right to the current occupant of the White House, to say nothing of the pay-for-play Democrat Party politics that's been SOP for decades. In any case, Lawrence Meyers had a lot along these lines last summer, at Big Government, "What’s Wrong With Robert Reich."