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Alan Grayson Schools 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on the 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests: VIDEO


On Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher, much-missed former Rep. Alan Grayson killed it with a clarfication of what the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests are about, for PJ Rourke and other panelists.

Said Grayson: "They're complaining about the fact that Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody's been held responsible for that. Not a single person has been indicted or convicted for destroying 20% of our national net worth accumulated over the course of two centuries. They're upset about the fact that Wall Street has iron control over the economic policies of this country, and that one part is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street and the other party caters to them as well!"


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  1. He is sorely missed; saw the show on Friday night and Grayson was spot-on as usual.

    Posted by: nick | Oct 10, 2011 8:34:30 AM

  2. P.J. O'Rourke is lower then pond scum. The seething hatred he feels towards the poor is palpable.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 10, 2011 8:38:33 AM

  3. It's the Obama administration's fault for propping up Wall Street with the bailout money. Towleroad really hasn't thought this through, obviously.

    As for the protest movement, it looks like a dating club for skanky females and sleazy straight guys. So much for it being a revolution....

    Posted by: jason | Oct 10, 2011 8:41:23 AM

  4. Go eat our P.J.'s ass "Jason."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 10, 2011 8:45:32 AM

  5. @jason ... Come to your senses and get your fact right. The bailout was initiated by Bush and his Feds.

    The dating club is only a side result. But, it's better than a viagra meeting with the tea party!

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 10, 2011 8:59:41 AM

  6. I'm sorry but you can spare me the sight of skanky females with tattoos lying next to breeder males in sleeping bags.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 10, 2011 9:05:47 AM

  7. Jason, like all its ilk, is incapable of comprehending that some humans can stand up for others and not think solely of themselves. It has no empathy.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 10, 2011 9:13:00 AM

  8. Jason, So only pretty people need apply in your superficial, delusional world? To call someone out as being "less than" because of what they look like . . . Let me guess, you are a member of GoProud, and if the skanky females had money pouring out of their pockets, you would find them beautiful, and you would pretend straight for them. Or, are you just another right-wing hater?

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Oct 10, 2011 9:22:03 AM

  9. I'd vote for Grayson for president.

    Posted by: Brenda | Oct 10, 2011 9:25:11 AM

  10. Andy please consider reposting this Chris Hedges video:

    Posted by: sww | Oct 10, 2011 9:41:44 AM

  11. Not only was I impressed with former Representative Grayson's response, which was spot on in my opinion. I particularly loved his smack down of that pompous ass PJ O'Rourke. Every time Bill Maher has O'Rourke on his show I cringe. In fact, most of his comdian guests are a bust with the lone exception of D.L. Hughly. Not only is he funny, he is inteligent and insightful.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Oct 10, 2011 10:08:55 AM

  12. Protesters conveniently ignore the fact the US Govt MADE MONEY on the funds lent to banks in the liquidity crisis of 2008-2009!

    If the Govt had not acted (by forcing the banks to borrow money the banks didn't think they needed), our financial system probably would have collapsed within a week-or-two, and we'd still be in a Depression worse than the 1930s.

    However, protesters have a point that are disenfranchised, they lack the skills to find work, and we should undertake a massive re-training effort and offer incentives to put Americans back to work.

    Couple that with increasing the population through increasing legal immigration (new household creation from which would absorb the oversupply of housing and bring us out of our housing Depression)...and we'd have the foundation for a meaningful economic recovery.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 10, 2011 10:26:19 AM

  13. D. L. Hughley is a notorious anti-gay bigot (it'll take you three seconds to Google his history of openly hating you) and, of course, a talentless idiot. I haven't even thought of him for years. I had no idea he was even still working and I'm sorry to hear it, if he is.

    Grayson is one of the people I would happily vote for President. There are a few politicians I could support, actually. Aside from Fred Karger, though, that doesn't include any of the ones currently running.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 10, 2011 10:34:15 AM

  14. The government can't convict or condemn anyone in the banking world because they (since at least Clinton)have relaxed rules time and time again to give banks the control they have today. Bankers are doing what they do, honourable or not, and the government condones and encourages it. Too many to blame to start pointing particular fingers, really.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 10, 2011 10:34:19 AM

  15. LOL Jason Tarp bailout happened under Bush

    Yes Obama on the campaign trail before the election pushed for it while mccain suspended his campaign and pushed for it

    Bailout 100% under Bush

    The protests are happening everywhere and not just in Ny with marches and protests in solidarity happening in every major US city. Also many are pulling their $ from the big banks and putting it into local credit Unions.....with credit Unions running commercials now constantly because they see the benefit of being a place for protesters to put their $

    So in other words Jason, put down that porn pic of rush limbaugh and turn on the news

    Posted by: say what | Oct 10, 2011 10:48:31 AM

  16. Who let the 90 year old bigot in? Jason, the GOP forums are THAT way.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 10, 2011 11:04:03 AM

  17. "[A] study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President George W. Bush.

    In 2008, Wall Street’s largesse accounted for 20 percent of Obama’s total take, according to Reuters."

    So, why aren't they protesting in front of the White House?

    Posted by: AG | Oct 10, 2011 12:20:04 PM

  18. Any effort should be commended when it comes to calling out both the Bush and Obama administrations for their scandalous economic policies, especially in a country where activism has been reduced to loudmouth anonymity in the comments section on websites like this. That comment wasn't directed at Jason btw. I think it is shocking that there is never any room for dialogue on this website, which you would guess attracts a slightly better informed slice of the populace. Instead, there is always a knee-jerk dismissal of anyone with a different opinion, and it always gets ugly and personal. All this while you shout at the top of your lungs that bullying should be outlawed? You'd all be the first to be indicted, so either walk the walk or shut up.

    Posted by: Alex N | Oct 10, 2011 12:58:54 PM

  19. @Chris Job skills are not the issue here. Immigration does partly contribute to the problem, but is not in itself the problem

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 10, 2011 1:02:45 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 10, 2011 1:14:58 PM

  21. Thank God the voters kicked Alan Grayson out in a landslide.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 10, 2011 1:26:08 PM

  22. Attn: LincolnLounger

    The 99% are not thanking God that Grayson was removed from office. They (we) are lamenting the fact that Republican operatives like you and the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, Fox News, aggressively lied and misrepresented Grayson to get him defeated. Clearly, if you're a Republican, you're the ENEMY.

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Oct 10, 2011 2:54:45 PM

  23. Yes let's walk the walk or shut up Alex . . . Alex who? Little bit anonymous wouldn't you say Alex N.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Oct 10, 2011 3:33:16 PM

  24. Canada didnt' tank because we have government regulation on big business.

    just saying. we also have universal healthcare.

    i mention this because i'm home in canada visiting for thanksgiving, this weekend, and i was reminded of what i'm thankful for.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 10, 2011 4:18:04 PM

  25. I love Alan Grayson. He and Debbie Wasserman are the sole of the Democratic Party.

    Posted by: chasmader | Oct 11, 2011 2:15:21 PM

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