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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Is Dylan Ratigan The Antithesis To Wall Street's Rick Santelli?

Remember when Tea Party windbag Rick Santelli ranted on the floor of the CME Group to express his outrage over the notion he may have to pay his neighbor's mortgage, particularly if they bought far more house than they could actually afford? But he made no such outburst when the government wound up paying premium dollars for bundles of devalued mortgages that the Wall Street Big Banks gambled with and lost?

Back in early August, Dylan Ratigan during his MSNBC Show went on a similar but much more inspiring tangent describing how tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the U.S.A. by a wired and rigged system of trade, capital, credit and taxation legislated on purpose by a Congress that is bought and paid for by the wealthy few.

About one month after Ratigan's outburst, the first few hundred protesters began to arrive in New York for the Occupy Wall Street movement, their numbers and visibility soon surged and more "occupations" eventually popped up across the country.

Dylan Ratigan's moment, in case you missed it:

Some credit has to go to Van Jones since he was out earlier in the year organizing the Rebuild the Dream movement.

WaPo Excerpt:
Something fresh is afoot in this country, drawing its inspiration from the Arab Spring. It’s what Van Jones, head of Rebuild the Dream, has taken to calling “the American Autumn.” Yes, that Van Jones, the one the White House unceremoniously dumped overboard after Glenn Beck preposterously called him a communist. Now Jones is back on stage — and so is a strain of American populism that many have been waiting to see emerge.

One reason may be the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision that allowed Wall Street, and the rest of corporate America, to, well, occupy the public square. When that decision came down, it was almost as though big business said: We’re not even going to pretend any more. We run this country.

But I think Ratigan's "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" Howard Beale moment came at a crucial time following a post-exhaustion from our protests and summer recalls here in Wisconsin to provide for the perfect bridge to help reconstitute that confidence and focus it into a national movement.

Now it's only fitting that the Occupy Wall Street/99 Percent Movement has reciprocated the fervor and brought out the more activist side from Ratigan. The MSNBC global finance correspondent started a new crusade on behalf of campaign finance reform and established a foundation called Get Money Out with the goal of amending the Constitution to forbid private campaign contributions. As of this writing he’s racked up more than 228,000 signatures.

Please sign his petition, post it on Facebook and send it to ten friends. It's a good beginning.

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