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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“We Should Extend Our Hand to Wall Street, Rather Than a Fist”

That has gotta be the most hilarious campaign slogan EVER. The candidate who uttered it lost yesterday’s primary, so this clueless phrase probably won’t go down in history. After all, who remembers what Michael Dukakis said as he was going down in flames? Or Robert Dole in 1996, or thousands of other losing candidates.

Reshma Saujani has worked for three hedge funds, and thought she could muster up enough financial backing from Wall Street mucky-mucks to unseat incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D—NY). Didn’t happen.

As this article says, Reshma Saujani had positioned herself as “the only candidate who understands how stressful and difficult the past few years have been for some of the wealthiest people in America.”

Oh Thank God — somebody finally understands their plight. Don’t you just hate it when the servant brings in the wrong caviar? Oh, the Agony! As I said to the butler yesterday…

She received more than $800,000 in campaign contributions, mostly from Wall Street. Last July she spoke at a private gathering of several dozen Wall Street VIPs. She said:

“We need to extend a hand rather than a fist” to Wall Street. “In New York, it's complicated because 35 percent of our revenue comes from the financial services industry…we can't make it so difficult to do business here that people will vote with their feet.”

It’s the Oligarchy’s favorite scare tactic again. “Businesses will leave if” this law gets passed. If one employer actually left every time the Right shouted “businesses will leave!” the United States wouldn’t have one single employed person left. And voters keep falling for that shit.

But not yesterday.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

But.... who will protect the bankers NOW?!?

I think the lumpenproletariat have made a dreadful mistake. Dreadful, I tell you.

September 16, 2010 at 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I feel just horrible for her!!!
Do you think we should set up some sort of collection for her...

Or perhaps TAR and feather her...Me thinks the latter..LOL
What a piece of work that one is..Okay we got rid of her but we have others...

September 16, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Yes, all the hedge funders will close up shop and move to Oklahoma to grow wheat.

September 16, 2010 at 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said...

On the other hand, we are approaching not having a single person left working very quickly...:-)

September 16, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"Ask not what Wall Street can do for you, but what you can do for Wall Street."

September 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: I feel their pain.

Tim: Yes, a charity fund for that poor candidate. At least that was one race on Tuesday that didn't go for the teabaggers.

Randal: Either that or they'll go to India and work in a call center.

OP: True, we might actually approach that point.

Dave: When those new Texas history books come out, that'll probably be JFK's words.

September 16, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Anyone who thinks Wall Street types have been unfairly demonized in Congress is no Democrat, just a loon. Reshma belongs with the tea party loonies.

In fact, a bunch of Wall Street types belong in the dock of a court, defending against charges of fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Good for Maloney, for not buckling to her richest constituents.

September 17, 2010 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I couldn't believe that candidate was actually a Democrat.

September 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

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