Cutting off their noses to spite their faces

Having worn out their welcome in America’s largest, Democrat-controlled cities, the “occupy” protesters have selected a new target: major American cargo terminals.


Goldman Sachs Top Target of Occupy Protests at West Coast Ports

By Alison Vekshin and James Nash – Dec 12, 2011 2:58 PM ET

Occupy Wall Street protests spread to U.S. West Coast ports as demonstrators tried to halt shipping operations and cut into profits at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), which owns a stake in the largest cargo-terminal operator.

Protesters rallied in Oakland and Long Beach, California, and Portland, Oregon, early today as workers attempting to move goods vented frustration. The Oakland port was operating with “sporadic disruptions” caused by protesters blocking truckers, said Isaac Kos-Read, a port spokesman.

“I have bills to pay at home,” said Mark Hebert, a long- haul truck driver for C.R. England Inc. in Salt Lake City who was stranded at the Oakland port with 36,000 pounds of Kansas beef bound for Asia. “These people say they represent the 99 percent. They don’t represent me.”

The Occupy protesters say they want to highlight the plight of average Americans who have suffered from home foreclosures and soaring unemployment rates as the largest U.S. banks have recovered after the 2008 financial crisis. Their slogan, “We are the 99 percent,” is a reference to economist Joseph Stiglitz’s research that found the richest 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the wealth.

“This isn’t about the truckers,” Charles Rachlis, 55, a government scientist from El Cerrito, California, said in an interview at the Oakland protest. “We have to shut down the wheels of capitalism at the port. This scares the bejesus out of Wall Street.”

Union representatives say today’s protests will hurt the port workers through lost wages.

Perhaps Mr Rachlis believes that this “scares the bejesus out of Wall Street,” but it seems to scare the working men at the ports even more. The top Wall Street millionaires will remain millionaires, but the working men, the workers who are paid by the hour and depend on their jobs to put food on the table and keep a roof over their families’ heads, they are the ones the “occupiers” are hurting.

Shutting down the “wheels of capitalism,” as this “government scientist,” whatever that means, wishes to do, means shutting down jobs for working people. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 15.6% of American workers currently employed work for government at some level,1 which means that 84.4% of Americans with jobs work for some form of private enterprise. If Mr Rachlis wants to shut down the wheels of capitalism, then what he is really saying — though one might suspect he doesn’t really realize it2 — is that he wants to throw 118,591,000 Americans out of work.

This has been a constant theme with the “Occupiers.” They are protesting a lack of good jobs, and proceed to use their protests to keep people who do have good jobs from being able to work. In Philadelphia, they held up the renovations to Dilworth Plaza, a $50 million project that would create about 800 jobs, primarily union jobs.3 Now, the Occupiers are trying to shut down the ports, or, in some places, “Occupy WalMart.”

Your editor has said it before: the greatest friend the working man has is the company which employs him. His next door neighbor might have him over for dinner every once in a while, they might go fishing and deer hunting together, work on cars together in their garages or play basketball, or whatever they want to do, but their employers give them the means to translate their labor and their skills into cash, something they can use to put food on their own tables and keep a roof over their own heads. Your neighbor might be a great friend, but he isn’t going to support you; your employer does.

The Occupiers may hate capitalism, but in hating capitalism they are hating the one system which has lifted more than a tiny minority of the population above the subsistence level. Perhaps they will be able to destroy capitalism, but, if they do, I hope that they know how to build a log cabin, grow their own food, and hunt their own game, because that is what they will need to be able to do to survive.
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  1. 21,989,000 work for government, while 140,580 Americans were employed, both the November 2011 numbers. Files accessed 12 December 2011. 21,989,000 ÷ 140,580,000 = 0.1564, or 15.64%.
  2. Or have any idea what he’s talking about.
  3. Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, wouldn’t put up with the Occupy Philadelphia crowd any longer, and had the Philadelphia Police evict them.

8 Comments

  1. I was watching Neil Cavuto on FOX this afternoon. First he had two guys from businesses near where the OWS protests are happening. They went out and set up a table saying they had application to fill out for 400 jobs immediately. They said they were getting three different types of reactions. One was what do you have jobs for and give me an application. The next group was curious, but work turned them off, then the last group was an in your face protesters who mocked these two guys.

    Then Cavuto interviewed a total ditz of a woman from OWS blocking Portland, OR port because Goldman Sachs. Cavuto tried and tried to get her to talk about the 99% ers who lost a days wages, the urgent deliveries that the container ships had, and all around people working. She was totally unconcerned about the hundreds or thousands that were out of work, it only concerned the fact Goldman Sachs owned a part and they were out to hurt them. Cavuto was trying Common Sense that GS wouldn’t feel it, but all the others would. Logic would not even enter her skull. It was screw the 99%ers to get to GS. Cavuto basically called her nuts and called off the interview. What a ditz. A box of rocks would have answered better.

  2. “Having worn out their welcome in America’s largest, Democrat-controlled cities, the “occupy” protesters have selected a new target: major American cargo terminals.”

    False Mr. Editor. These protesters were NEVER welcomed, they were tolerated. And folks like you continue to avoid their message, which is that they cannot get jobs, that they are upset with the concentration of America’s wealth in the upper 1%, and that their government has been seriously corrupted by the wealthy and corporations and the SCOTUS (Citizen’s United).

    I have predicted this growing unrest on your blog for several years. As long as we have a dysfunctional government dominated by an unpatriotic minority party, a government which does not work on behalf of the American people but which largely represents only our privileged class, these protest movements will persist.

    Is this our American “Spring” in its infancy?

    PS: And then we have folks like Yorkshire, a Fox News acolyte, who continue to try to demonize the Occupy movement, instead of attempting to study it in order to understand what is really behind it. Yorkshire, do you honestly think that desperate people enjoy putting themselves out there into hostile territory, facing the elements and possible arrest? Come to your senses, man, and give a little thought to what is really going on here in our country!

  3. “Your editor has said it before: the greatest friend the working man has is the company which employs him. His next door neighbor might have him over for dinner every once in a while, they might go fishing and deer hunting together, work on cars together in their garages or play basketball, or whatever they want to do, but their employers give them the means to translate their labor and their skills into cash, something they can use to put food on their own tables and keep a roof over their own heads. Your neighbor might be a great friend, but he isn’t going to support you; your employer does.”

    But there are far too few jobs offered by our Corporations, Mr. Editor. Americans have watched their jobs go overseas for decades, since Reagan, a fact that might hit you were you ever to lose your cushy job. Or consider you and your wife both jobless, and your house underwater due to dropping values. These occurrences have happened to many Americans, often through no fault of their own, and often with the hope that the American bubble would continue. Well the bubble has burst, and those who created it have run off with their loot, for which no one in the Wall Street or Corporate world has yet been held accountable. And you support this?

    “The Occupiers may hate capitalism, but in hating capitalism they are hating the one system which has lifted more than a tiny minority of the population above the subsistence level. “

    Wake up Mr. Editor, I don’t think these people “hate capitalism”, which is what you Righties would like to believe. They hate corruption, which in one word is exactly what this protest is all about, in my view. Moreover, currently they do not view capitalists and their cronies as honest brokers, rather, that these capitalists have in essence taken over their government. Take the filibuster for example, and obstruction, for another example, of the normal functions of our government, and another, voter suppression taking place in full view. And folks like you and Yorkshire openly support these corrupt people? For shame!

  4. I think I got the hang of this quote button now …

    Wagonwheel writes

    They hate corruption, which in one word is exactly what this protest is all about, in my view.

    Then why aren’t they down in Washington DC protesting Obama and Congress, who are the genesis of the corruption?

    and another, voter suppression taking place in full view

    Do you somehow believe that the more you say something, Wagonwheel, however ridiculously false, makes it true? Because this is what you’re doing.

    And folks like you and Yorkshire openly support these corrupt people? For shame!

    You support Barack Obama. And yet you say “for shame” to Yorkshire for supporting “corrupt people?” Your ignorance and duplicity is what is *truly* shameful, Wagonwheel.

  5. Check it out, from Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/151490/Fear-Big-Government-Near-Record-Level.aspx

    26% of Americans identify big business as the biggest threat to the country. But 64 percent pick big government.

    Government has the inherent power to do something about big business/corporations. This is where groups the Occupy movement are so misguided. They need to be protesting GOVERNMENT, especially the federal government, for its lack of oversight, crony capitalism, and preposterous exemptions for legislators.

  6. ww:
    PS: And then we have folks like Yorkshire, a Fox News acolyte, who continue to try to demonize the Occupy movement, instead of attempting to study it in order to understand what is really behind it. Yorkshire, do you honestly think that desperate people enjoy putting themselves out there into hostile territory, facing the elements and possible arrest? Come to your senses, man, and give a little thought to what is really going on here in our country!

    If I had been watching PMSNBC, would their people ask the same question, or congratulate this person for making it possible for hundreds or thousands of the people they allegedly care about to lose a day’s pay? I know you would vote for the loss of a day’s pay because it would have no effect on GS. How would you feel about losing a day’s pay because some people didn’t like an investor in the port? Sounds dumb to me.

  7. The grimy, smelly, obviously unemployable humans who are burning, pillaging, destroying property, blocking commerce and closing down some of our nation’s ports have now added attempting to prevent others from obtaining employment by forcing their unwelcome, unkempt selves onto college campus recruiting sites. Two of the most notable recruiting sites that have recently been trashed by Occupy Wall Street protesters have been at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and the Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall.

    The efforts by the occupiers, who have been openly and enthusiastically supported by such notables as Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, in concert with AFL-CIO union president, Richard Trumka, to thwart the employment hopes of men and women who have devoted time, study and monetary resources to obtain their advanced degrees, can only be attributed to the politics of envy–envy of potential winners by the losing battlers in the ill-conceived class warfare that increasingly reflects the teachings of Karl Marx, espoused in none other than the International Socialist Review: http://www.isreview.org/issues/78/feat-marxism&unions.shtml

  8. ww:
    PS: And then we have folks like Yorkshire, a Fox News acolyte, who continue to try to demonize the Occupy movement, instead of attempting to study it in order to understand what is really behind it. Yorkshire, do you honestly think that desperate people enjoy putting themselves out there into hostile territory, facing the elements and possible arrest? Come to your senses, man, and give a little thought to what is really going on here in our country!

    Let’s see, you saw Yorkshire and FOX news and stopped reading and went on your tirade. You never saw that employers from the hated 1% are out at the protest site handing out job applications. Some OWS people filled them out, some looked and said thank you, and others berated them for being there. So 1/3 was happy to get a chance at a job, 1/3 didn’t take the opportunity, and the last 1/3 were pissed off that they showed up offering jobs which is the last thing they wanted. And you say the 1%rs don’t care. That should put an end to that lie.

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