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Occupy Wall Street – Limitlessly offensive Republican strategist Frank Luntz continues to manipulate his way though the media with his anti-OWS agenda.
When confronted with the “issue” of the movement, Luntz stated, “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street Effort. I’m frightened to death.” Could he possibly be referring to the concentrations of frustrated hipsters being barraged with pepper spray while peacefully protesting? Yeah, scary shit I’m sure.
So when Democrats produce a bill that Republicans oppose (any bill for instance), the GOP cries to the master manipulator to craft a couple hundred phrases to terrify the Americans about OWS. Somehow hailed as this wordsmith-mastermind, Luntz’s only real talent is twisting the truth. When it came to the health care reform bill (remember that?) Luntz instructed the right-wing media to refer to it as “government rationing care” — which became a common GOP colloquialism.
So what’s Luntz doing now? Well, he’s fear-mongering the masses with the message that the left’s “dangerous class warfare” is “threatening capitalism.”
Luntz said, “I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market [...] The public … still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”
His mind-f*ckery works well with other radical right strategists as he warns, “If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” you gain widespread support. However, “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing, the public will say yes.”