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“I expect Catholic neo-cons who usually present themselves as the defenders of orthodoxy will ignore or scramble to defuse this timely teaching. It’s clear the Vatican stands with the Occupy Wall Street protesters and others struggling to return ethics and good governance to a financial sector grown out of control after 30 years of deregulation,” he notes.
The chanting, the drums, the 1960s-style grunge of it all. But wait. The Occupy Wall Streeters’ biggest problem is not staying tidy or out of jail. They have “no exit strategy,” says Instapundit and Pajamas Media contributor Glenn Reynolds.
“You come, you conquer, and then time passes, protesters get dirty and ugly, internal divisions crack them up, the nearby residents get disgusted, the local businesses get mad, and then what? Theres isnt going to be a revolution. Its not Egypt. In the end, theyll have to break up and go home. Or hope the cops come in and bust them up so they can end with a bang,” Mr. Reynolds observes.
The defanged “occupy movement” has devolved into “a pathetic and totally non-scary embarrassment for the Democrats,” he adds. “Republicans are now hoping theyll stay in place until November of 2012.”
“While surveying the current choices for our next governor, I do not see anyone that has an understanding of what daily life is like for many Hoosiers, nor anyone who appears to understand the harm that misguided government policies are doing to our communities. It is obvious that career politicians are not the answer, because they are often the problem.”
So says CBS “Survivor” star Rubert Boneham, in sharing his reasons for entering the Indiana gubernatorial race. The hulky, bearded Libertarian announced he would run for the office Saturday, during a free pizza party/tie-dying workshop at an American Legion Post in Indianapolis.
Mr. Boneham’s competition to replace term-limited Gov. Mitch Daniels includes Republican Rep. Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.
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• 63 percent of Americans “don’t know enough” about the Occupy Wall Street movement to approve or disapprove its goals.
• 56 percent are following the story “closely.”
• 52 percent say they are neither a supporter of opponent of the movement.
• 55 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.
• 26 percent overall support the movement.
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