3:00 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column about the first anniversary of the Occupy movement betrays a hubris, a willful stupidity, and the usual threadbare deceptions ("Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23). Such are the building blocks of the corrupt edifice that Occupy seeks to dismantle.
It is no surprise that a politician of Mr. Ehrlich's stripes would think along these lines, as his administration acted as a tribune for the Walton family.
Likewise it is no surprise that Mr. Ehrlich missed the ethical humanism at the core of Occupy. What would you expect from a man whose last gubernatorial campaign produced indictments for voter suppression?
Mr. Ehrlich was right on one count. Occupiers would like a more progressive income tax. Considering that the top rate was 91 percent throughout the 1950s and was still 70 percent in 1980, compared to Mitt Romney's 14 percent in 2011, I am truly impressed that Mr. Ehrlich can sneer with such a straight face. Then he casts himself as a champion of the middle class. Please!
On Nov. 6, Mr. Ehrlich will learn that the spirit of the Occupy Movement, far from being dead and forgotten, has been absorbed into the larger body politic.
Phil Scalia, Fort Plain, N.Y.
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