Cats Support Occupy Wall Street

By Adele

Wall Street would be swarming with cats if only:

1) We had thumbs so we could draw clever signs

2) We could march around on 2 legs while holding our signs

3) We weren’t so short, we’d probably get trampled

4) Karen would ever let us out of the house

But we want all the humans who love us to know that we CATS ARE MAD AS HELL, AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. 

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re staging subtle solidarity protests every single day. We call them Occupy Couch.

You may be wondering, “What do corporate greed and political corruption have to do with housecats? Cats have it made!”

Let me tell you…

Humans who get laid off and can’t find work, or who get sick and end up buried under medical debt, start sliding into bankruptcy. That’s whey they start buying us cheapo poisoned cat food from China.

When humans lose their homes to foreclosure, we end up in shelters or on the street.

This isn’t about cats losing cushy perks. Our very survival as pets depends on the prosperity of the 99%.

Besides, any protests that Virginia’s disgrace in Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor, calls “gathering mobs” are doing something right. Cantor’s attitude is, “Let them eat cake!”

Critics say Occupy Wall Streeters are pointless because their demands don’t fit on a bumper sticker.

Wall Street is a symbolic ground zero for greed and corruption. The protesters could be marching on almost any government building, health insurers and Big Pharma, retailers whose inventory consists of cheap goods made by slave labor, any company that has outsourced jobs or has an incomprehensible call center in India, any company that hides profits off-shore and pays almost no taxes. 

The list could go on and on. You can’t “boil down” the myriad ways the wealthy, wily 1% steal from and screw everybody else — unless we fire up the cauldrons and literally boil down a few of them as examples.

The Tea Party should love that. They’re one step from burning witches themselves.

We hope the protests keep growing — and people follow through at the polls and unemploy every rich, self-serving, two-faced politician who thinks the 99% should go pound sand.

Eric Cantor, we’re looking at YOU.

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17 Responses to Cats Support Occupy Wall Street

  1. adele says:

    Adele, Alice is occupying the back of the chair that I sit in, and Dorothy occupies the chaise lounge. They also pooled their allowances and made small contributions to Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Chicago. Did you hear that veterans (I think Veterans for Peace) were among the first people arrested in Boston on Monday? The movement does seem to be spreading. I’m waiting for a spokesperson to emerge — although charisma can be dangerous. As Eugene V. Debs said, “Do not depend on leaders my brothers, for if I could lead you into a Socialist paradise, then surely someone could lead you out of it.” I always thought if another cat moved in with me, he would be male, and I would call him Eugene, but I guess the fates had other plans, and it’s Alice, Dorothy and me.

  2. catsworking says:

    Adele, I can assure you that the Occupy Couch movement is happening in all 50 states, and so far no cats have been arrested. Some dogs who are able to jump onto the furniture are even joining in!

    Paw-pumps to Alice and Dorothy for their devotion to the cause!

  3. adele says:

    I’ll have to ask my sister if her behemoth Great Danes are occupying. Of course they need a couch apiece, and my sister has three couches for four dogs. The Danes could go to demonstrations and not be trampled, though. In fact, they could wear sandwich boards.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, you may be on to something. I bet if a bunch of cats showed up on Wall St. RIDING Great Danes, they would be the first story on the evening news. Brian Williams loves that kind of stuff! He calls it “Making a Difference.”

  5. adele says:

    Like your thinking, Adele. Alice and Dorothy have never met their canine cousins, because unlike other dogs in my family, the Danes are too big to go visiting. But maybe my sister could saddle train the new one, and Dorothy, who’s pretty intrepid, could try to ride him — assuming he wouldn’t think Dorothy was a snack.

  6. Britta says:

    I am caring less and less for who it is that occupies the top executive positive. In reality, it seems obvious that despite the intensity both GOP and otherwise for a candidate, the problem really isn’t with the office of the President. Our government is suffering with all the career politicians, the cronyism, good ole boy/girl politics, lack of terms limits and lack of new, better-intentioned and well-financed blood in both the House and Senate. The “Vote out the Incumbent” movement went nowhere. What a shame.

  7. Britta says:

    Oops, typo..top executive position… husband was talking to me as I was blogging

  8. catsworking says:

    Britta, we were just reading a column by this guy, Charley Reese (I think) in an Orlando paper who laid it out that the country’s problems can all be traced back to the 3 branches of the government and the Supreme Court. They call all the shots for the country, and if they really didn’t like deficit, wars, children growing up stupid, our lousy healthcare system, etc., they could fix it. Instead, they’d rather go around trying to convince the rest of us that they had NOTHING to do with any of it and that we should keep electing them into their cushy jobs for life.

    He couldn’t understand why 300 MILLION citizens find it impossible to rein in 545 greedy crooks.

    Karen just saw the new George Clooney movie, The Ides of March. It shows how someone who starts out with the right motives can’t help being dragged into the slime and the double-dealing of ambitious creeps if he wants even a chance to get into a position where he can try to make a difference. But of course we all know, as Obama’s presidency has shown too well, the evil and corruption are so deep, there’s no getting past it. It doesn’t matter who we elect. The other “team” will stop at nothing to bring that president down, even if it means sending the country down the toilet. They don’t seem to realize that if they destroy the country, they’ve just put themselves out of business. Stupid fools.

  9. Britta says:

    Karen you and your brood are singing my song. It is such a hopeless situation and while I am generally an optimist when it comes to things within my scope of control, our present state of governmental affairs is just lunacy. The “other team” is deep and wide. They will never align with the present administration and it has nothing to do with “the most good.” I know it will be long after my departure from this earth that a reasonable government structure prevails. I can only say that I am glad I no longer work in those environs…even if the non-prof sector suffers with decisions made at the governmental level, at least, I don’t have to endure a daily dose of puffy, egotistical bs from some politician who has no right to serve in office and frankly, surfs the scummy depths of society in order to exist.

  10. adele says:

    Congrats to Cats Working staff — it seems that the Occupy Couch/Wall Street post was just the thing to put Cats Working over 1million hits. Back in August of 2007, who woulda thunk it?

  11. catsworking says:

    Adele, yes, thank you. We noticed we reached our first cool million in hits (which some sites can accomplish in a day), but it’s taken us rougly 735 posts and 4 years to get there. My pads ache just thinking about it.

  12. catsworking says:

    Britta, it makes us glad that cats live relatively short lives compared to humans because it won’t be much longer before our world will be ruled by people who don’t know how to tell time on a clock with a dial (nor have any concept of the passage of time), can’t tie shoes, can’t read a map or find their way from Point A to Point B without a GPS, don’t know how to talk on a phone or spell because they only text in abbreviated gibberish, and can’t communicate in writing unless they can type it because they never learned to hold a pencil.

    Miscommunication is already rampant, but it’s headed for global proportions on such a scale that worldwide war seems inevitable, just because politicians won’t be able to accurately comprehend each other.

    Economies will crash because people think money appears by magic because they’ve never had to make or do anything tangible to earn it.

    The world is collectively so much stupider and evil — where greedy, ambitious nitwits like Sarah Palin and her ilk can herd huge segements of the population into following them like sheep — in spite of all our technical gizmos, if a giant meteor comes along and smashes the planet to bits and all our inventions are lost, the galaxy will be a better place.

  13. adele says:

    But on the other hand, the present and past Cats Working staff has put out quite the variety of posts, from politics to Bourdain to exclusive interviews with horses and other animals — few sites can boast of such variety. I’m sure wherever they are, Fred and Yul are beaming.

  14. Tuxi says:

    Hi Cats Working Team! Going to send a Tweet to Mr. Tibbs of the wlf (Whiskas Liberation Front) and see if they’ll join Occupy Couch. They are an international group of socio-politically aware cats.

  15. Britta says:

    It will be an interesting (hopeful sentiment) retrospective to see how this all plays out. I can imagine the frustration the “un” and “under” employed are feeling and how the “have-nots” are coping with the changing balance of wealth–frankly, those who “have” are going to hold on for dear life and impose their influence on so many fronts which really reduces any hope for the middle class..much less other sectors. We do, indeed, have a war on our horizon.

  16. Zappa and Zappa's mom says:

    Paws up for “Occupy Walk-in Closet”! I am voicing my discontent from a pile of unsorted laundry that The Human will NOT pry me from until I have canned salmon again! She has made a pitiful attempt to point out my kitty bed ,thus tricking me and taking away the laundry.I am here for as long as it takes!

    Cat power!!
    Zappa

  17. catsworking says:

    Zappa, you stick to your guns. I can almost smell that salmon coming your way. When things get contentious around here, I like to go into Karen’s closet and MAKE laundry. I do that by pulling things off the hangers until I have a nice soft pile, then sleeping on it until she finds it, all wrinkled and furry. Works every time!

    Tuxi, thanks for coming on board with Occupy Couch. If we can get the attention of the most influential cats on Twitter, we can eclipse what the humans are doing. Sure, the rich can ignore peasants in the street, but what will they do when their beloved Fluffy won’t get off the couch right in their own mansion — even to use the litterbox?

    Britta, if the 1% keep up their “Let them eat cake” attitude, it’s going to get ugly. People without jobs who are losing their homes and everything they’ve worked for have nothing to lose. If they turn violent and take out a few of their “oppressors,” at least they’d get a roof over their heads and 3 squares a day. And a jury of their “peers” would undoubtedly reach a verdict of “justifiable homicide.”

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