Good afternoon. Here’s a glance at recent opinion content:
Occupy Wall Street: Editorial
We comment on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to remove Occupy Wall Street protestors from privately-owned Zuccoti Park in Manhattan’s financial district. Protestors returned to the space Tuesday evening after a judge said they could do so as long as they demonstrated without tents. We write:
… Polls indicate a growing fatigue over the protests. In a new Siena College poll, by a margin of 66 percent to 31 percent, New Yorkers said the Occupy Wall Street movement does not represent 99 percent of people — a play on the protesters’ lament that just 1 percent of the population controls 40 percent of the nation’s wealth; the remaining 99 percent share the rest. Those with a favorable view of the movement still outnumbered those who feel otherwise, 45 percent to 44 percent; the favorables, however, have been on the decline since protests began.
Yet policy-makers — in the nation’s boardrooms and in public office — likely misread the public if they conflate protest fatigue with a lack of public concern for the economic issues raised by protesters. In a new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Tuesday, six in 10 respondents said they support government efforts to reduce income disparity. Another Siena poll out last month showed 72 percent of respondents backed the continuation of a so-called millionaire ‘s tax in New York — a public policy solution often cited favorably by Zuccotti Park protesters. Pressure to continue the surcharge, for individuals who make more than $200,000 a year, or $300,000 a year for families, continues to mount. On Monday, the state budget office estimated a budget gap for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins April 1, at up to $3.5 billion; it was $2.4 billion just weeks ago.
Those kinds of numbers numbers will likely push the economic debate indoors — to the Legislature and before the U.S. Congress, which faces similar public policy questions. Police, dump trucks and front-end loaders can only do so much.
Penn State: Reisman
Phil Reisman weighs in on the scandal at Penn State
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
Bully for Bloomberg: Editorial