Walking the walk in the right direction

A closer (less cynical, biased and partisan) look at Mass. Senator Scott Brown

By Justin P. Griffin
Contributing Writer

Remember the part in Animal House where Dean Wormer excoriates one of the Delta House brothers offering the following advice: “Son, fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life!”

While Dean Wormer’s words may be a bit harsh, they do ring true to some extent. This is exactly the advice I would provide to The Metro West Young Democrats on their recent criticisms of Senator Scott Brown regarding his efforts on job creation.

In a letter to the editor, the group cites Senator Brown’s opposition to the Obama “jobs bills” as an indication that he is somehow against the “99%” and in favor of tax breaks for millionaires. Senator Brown’s votes against the Obama jobs bills are in no way an attempt to provide “tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans,” on the contrary they are an attempt to stimulate growth in the private sector, and to create and protect jobs for those who need them. The fact of the matter is President Obama’s Jobs Bill would have raised taxes on small business and created an even heavier burden on an already struggling economy. This would not only exacerbate our already fragile economy, but lead to further unemployment. It is simply cynical, biased, and overly partisan to suggest that Senator Brown’s efforts could be construed in such a way. Continue reading

Who’s at Wall Street?

Quotes from members of our community about their experiences and opinions about Occupy Wall Street

Champo Mapulanga
Class of 2012
Studying Economics
Visited Occupy Wall Street on October 8th

“There’s no easy answer to all of this”


Why Go?

“I went, excited to photograph, but ended up talking to more people than taking pictures. I got a better sense of what was going on.”

“I mostly went to better understand who is a part of the protest and get inspiration more than anything.”

“[In comparing the US to my home, Zambia], from a political/economic standpoint, I’m impressed that people can do this here.”

“I was wondering what was keeping [my friend] there. I went to observe and listen.” Continue reading

Occupy America

A call for Liberal action

by Timi Ajayi
Scarlet Staff

The protest that began in the world’s financial capital and has now spread to Main Street, USA and throughout the world. It’s a mirror image of what we witnessed following the election of President Barack Obama: the Tea Party. The Tea Party epitomizes the uprising from the American right wing, including radical conservatives who are often paranoid of the election of liberals to national offices, over concerns of the erosion of Second Amendment rights, defense of traditional marriage, church and state relationship, national defense and a host of other issues. But if there is one lesson to be learned, the Tea Party movement altered the operations of the national government. The Tea Party was not born solely out of economic uncertainties; the U.S. economy had already under the administration of George W. Bush. However, a group of conservative hardliners, sensing that the “Obamamania” that swept liberals into office may usher in a prolonged era of leftist agenda, manipulated the fears of conservatives and stirred up a national campaign that ousted many Democrats from Congress, handing over the House of Representatives to the control of a hard right Republican Party. Continue reading

Tearing down the wall

Worcester resident and former Clark student gets involved in Occupy Worcester

by Ashley Klann

Occupy Wall Street has sprouted protests in cities across the country, including Worcester. Last Saturday saw the third meeting of Occupy Worcester’s General Assembly, which occurred after a march from the front of Clark’s campus to City Hall. The march marked the International Day of Solidarity, and was the group’s most organized effort thus far.

Occupy Worcester at City Hall.

While the march and meeting of roughly 100 people were successful, attendees and coverage of the event have reported a less-than-expected number of college students, even from the campus that touts challenging convention and changing the world.

Amanda Addeo, who graduated from Clark last May, is someone who can call both Clark and Worcester home and is waiting for this gap to close. Continue reading