By Tom Quiner
You can’t help but glean some quick reactions to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd.
They like to copulate in public parks.
The women like to display themselves in a state of undress.
Impressed so far?
But what is really on their minds?
Democratic pollster, Douglas Schoen, had a senior researcher poll OWS in New York about their beliefs and their goals. Mr. Schoen was the pollster used by former President Clinton. Here is a brief overview of his findings, as reported in The Wall Street Journal.
Media coverage led us to believe that OWS are disaffected because they are out of work. In fact, 85% are employed, a rate only slightly less than the national average.
The OWS view the role of government as to guarantee everyone affordable health care, to guarantee everyone a college education, to guarantee everyone a secure, comfortable retirement, the cost be damned.
But they don’t really want to pay for it.
They evidently want the “one percent,” the reviled rich, to pick up the tab. Seventy-seven percent support raising taxes on the wealthy, but 58% of them don’t want taxes increased for everybody.
These folks don’t represent the nation. About all of them (98%) support civil disobedience to bring about a radical redistribution of wealth. Nearly a third (31%) support violence to bring about the change they demand.
What is most disturbing is the blanket support the OWS are receiving from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other members of their party.
The president seems increasingly comfortable currying favor with these left wing Marxists (forgive the redundancy). Will his support of these unwashed and naked (by choice) unleash a new wave of violence in our land?
Pollster Schoen issues a warning to members of his party:
“Rather than embracing huge new spending programs and tax increases, plus increasingly radical and potentially violent activists, the Democrats should instead build a bridge to the much more numerous independents and moderates in the center by opposing bailouts and broad-based tax increases.”