Values Voter Summit: No Love for the Occupiers

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 7 2011 3:57 PM

Values Voter Summit: No Love for the Occupiers

The Occupy Wall Street protest has cast a small shadow over the Value Voters Summit -- not something every speaker feels like he needs to address, but something everyone has an opinion about. In her speech, radio host Laura Ingraham mocked the protesters' signs and held up her own: "Hug the Rich."

"Stoking class envy might get you some applause at Warren Buffett's headquarters," she said, a little downcast, "but it's not going to do much for the economy."


This was more or less the wisdom of the crowd. Larry Gladfeiler mused that the protesters had some problems: "They need to get jobs." Fred Solomon, an Alabama activist, said "there has always been an element of people who are too lazy to get jobs." He told me about his own hard knock life, including months spent working for free to get training. "These people are complaining that they can only get jobs that pay $7 per hour? You don't start at the damn top."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 16 2014 8:00 AM The Wall Street Bombing: Low-Tech Terrorism in Prohibition-era New York
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 7:36 AM The Inspiration Drought Why our science fiction needs new dreams.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 16 2014 7:30 AM A Galaxy of Tatooines
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.