A lot of politicians have said a lot of irresponsible things over the years, but as we get closer to the 2012 election, the pols are really starting to get their knickers in a twist. This time it was former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying that Pres. Obama is responsible for the Occupy Wall Street movement because of his economic policy.
“It would not have happened but for his class warfare,” Giuliani said in Washington on Friday. He went on to explain that Obama’s apparent need to “redistribute the wealth” is closely aligned with the OWS movement. A cheap shot. Oversimplification. Partisan politics.
Irresponsible hyperbole from the nation’s leading politicians will only fan the flames of unrest and discontent and make it that much more difficult to work together to find solutions. Driving the wedges even deeper is irresponsible and counterproductive.
It disappoints and angers me to see Giuliani jumping into the political gutter with everyone else. Or maybe he was already there and I just hadn’t realized it before.