US Rep James Langevin Visits Occupy Providence
Tonight, US Rep. James Langevin visited the protesters down at Occupy Providence. I wonder if the protesters are aware that he is one of the very people they are protesting against. No, he’s not the CEO of Bank of America or Goldman Sachs. I understand they’re protesting against corporate greed, especially the greed that is perceived on Wall Street. However, who makes the rules that those banks played by? Congress. The members of the House and Senate. People like Jim Langevin.
Instead, it often seems that the protesters are simply starstruck when the celebrities arrive. Last week, Kanye West and Russell Simmons visited the New York protesters. Russell Simmons, one of the creators of Def Jam Records. I guess that doesn’t quite meet the standards of being “corporate”. Maybe because he’s a music man and not a banker, right? Well, no. He owns a credit card company. But they’re all above board and engage in fair trade? Ok, not so much there either.
Subpoenas have been issued to Russell Simmons’ Rush Card and four other prepaid card companies by the Florida Attorney General’s office who is investigating whether the card companies are forcing their users into paying hidden fees on every purchase.
Personally, I’m not against everything the Occupy people stand for. It just seems their message could be a bit stronger if it was more consistent or if they truly knew who they are railing against.