BREAKING: Eric Cantor Is A Pussy

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UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business because it was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up. Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience. MORE

UPDATE II: Daily Pennsylvanian has posted a transcript of the speech Cantor was to deliver

LOS ANGELES TIMES: On Tuesday night’s episode of ‘The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took aim at Republicans who claim that the growing ‘Occupy’ movement is a divisive phenomenon that pits Americans against other Americans. Stewart kicked off the segment with a montage of conservatives rallying their base with bellicose rhetoric: “Take our country back!”, “Get your musket!” and so on. He followed it with a series of clips in which some of the very same Republicans expressed their dismay over the Occupy Wall Street protests.Most notable was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who expressed his increasing concern over the “growing mobs occupying Wall Street” and characterized the protests as class warfare.  “Believe it or not, some in this town have condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” he said. Stewart seized upon Cantor’s apparent inconsistency. “If Republicans don’t condone pitting Americans against Americans, then who is it that we Americans should be taking this country back from?” he wondered. MORE

TRUTH OUT: Any concern that Cantor and Republican lawmakers have about income inequality seems to be about maintaining it. Cantor voted to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, tax cuts that “actually increased economic inequality by delivering more than half of their benefits in 2010 to the top 10 percent of earners, who make over $170,000 a year. In fact, 38 percent of the dollar benefits went to the top 1 percent of earners.” He champions (and co-sponsored) a reduction in the capital gains tax, another policy that helps drive income inequality. These are just a few of the many positions — including promoting tax increases on the middle class while protecting the preferential treatment of the wealthy — that have driven the disparity he suddenly seems to care about. MORE

 

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