Astroturf is a wonderful thing…
Suzy Khimm points us to redstate.org leader and right-wing establishment figure @ewerickson declares he is “one of the 53%”: part of this generation’s “silent majority” who are upset at #occupywallstreet and its attacks on the top 1%:
What Erick says:
I work three jobs.
I have a house I can’t sell.
My family insurance costs are outrageous.
But I don’t blame Wall Street.
Suck it up you whiners.
I am the 53% subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.
Erick should blame not Wall Street but the health-insurance industry for the fact that his family insurance costs are outrageous—but at least come 2014 the Obama-Romney Affordable Care Act will give him the bargaining power that those of us who work for large organizations have in the health insurance marketplace and lower his insurance costs to more reasonable levels.
Erick should blame Wall Street for the fact that he can’t sell his house: had Wall Street not broken mortgage finance, and had the breaking of mortgage finance not led to the general credit crunch that launched our Lesser Depression, then Erick would be able to sell his house.
And it is not clear to me what Erick’s three jobs are: his internet biographies mention (i) right-wing internet community organizer, (ii) CNN commentator, and (iii) radio host. Are these his “three jobs”? Most of us would say that those are three aspects of one occupation—not three jobs.