Eric Cantor tells U-M audience to pull themselves up by their bootstraps

I was doubtful that he’d show up, given that he backed out of an event at the University of Pennsylvania a few days, in hopes of avoiding those affected by the policies he champions, but it looks like Eric Cantor made his scheduled stop at the University of Michigan this afternoon as planned. The following report comes from correspondent Demetrius, who attended the funeral-themed protest.

I attended today’s “funeral.”

There were probably 35-45 people demonstrating on the circle drive on the south side of the Michigan League (along North University), with many holding signs promoting either some variation of the “99%” theme — and some others holding fake headstones proclaiming “R.I.P. Middle Class,” or “R.I.P. Job Security,” or “R.I.P. Retirement,” etc. There was also a large banner that said: “Cantor works for the 1%. Who will work for the 99%?”

Shortly before Cantor was scheduled to speak at 1 p.m., a young man playing the part of “Eric Cantor” proclaimed the end of class warfare, saying that he and his rich pals had finally “won” — whereupon he conducted a mock funeral, followed by driving a “final” nail into a casket representing the middle class…

Of course, the real former “Vampire Squid” Cantor was nowhere to be seen since, it seems, he either arrived at the League long before the demonstrators, or was hustled in via some secret entrance.

I’m glad there were at least a few folks there to create at least a token show of outrage over this man being invited to speak here in Ann Arbor — at a public, taxpayer-funded University, no less. Still, I found it quite disappointing there wasn’t a larger show of opposition, such as when Governor Snyder came the U-M’s spring commencement — and several hundred people created a noisy spectacle.

Meanwhile, provides some information about what happened INSIDE the League during Cantor’s speech (including some additional protests) here.

Not everyone was unhappy to see the House Majority Leader on campus. The following comment, left here in response to the above report, comes from someone calling himself RobbieK.

Unbelievable some of the comments here regarding Eric Cantor. He’s a great man and does great work for his State of Virginia and our country. If you think there’s a problem with the middle class in Ann Arbor, look no further than the Democrats you elect into office that continuously reach into your wallets for tax money, money, money and drive businesses out of Ann Arbor. And I say to Demetrius, ANYONE can be invited to speak at the University of Michigan. The U of M invites domestic terrorist Bill Ayers to speak there, so a patriot like Eric Cantor is a political breath of fresh air to the campus! Stop giving the University of Michigan a bad name, Marxists! Ann Arbor is a great city if left alone by money hungry marxists.

And here, from the article linked to above, is a quote from Cantor.

“Social justice is about fairness. Fairness is making sure that we afford opportunities for everyone to pursue their happiness. There are several folks that have stood up to say tax the rich. That that’s somehow fair… That all we have to do is redistribute the wealth and we can create the American dream for more. That doesn’t work… wealth distribution doesn’t work.”

Except, I guess, when we’re handing over our hard-earned tax dollars to bail out our banks, and ensure that their executives get their bonuses. In that case, wealth redistribution is not only a good idea – the very solvency of our nation depends upon it.

Oh, and, in case you didn’t know, Cantor’s wife Diana was at one time a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.

One last thing… In his speech, Cantor apparently talked about his family and how they made good lives for themselves in America through hard work. The implication, of course, is that others could do there same. Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise. Social mobility in America is on a sharp decline, and wealth inequality continues to rise. Money and power are concentrating in the hands of a few. And, at the same time, the quality of public education is falling, and the expense of university education is increasing. And the combination of these forces is corrosive to the Democratic underpinnings of our nation. What’s more, Cantor knows this, and yet he continues to peddle this fairytale. It’s shameful, and one would hope that the voters of Virginia would wake up to it while there’s still time to change course.

[Cantor, according to folks in the DC press, mounted his current tour of universities with top business schools, in order to rehabilitate his image, which had apparently suffered a bit as a result of his holding disaster relief funds hostage in the wake of this summer’s deadly hurricanes, in hopes of extracting even more in the way of tax cuts for his corporate benefactors.]

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  1. Meta
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    A Month After Going On Television And Claiming That Government Can’t Create Jobs, Letters Reveal Eric Cantor Requested Millions of Stimulus Dollars To Create Jobs In His District.

  2. Eel
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Might RobbieK be Robby Krieger from the Doors?

  3. K2
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I know this isn’t Ann Arbor dotcom, but I was hoping you could tell me what their moderator meant by the following, which he offered in explanation after a reader’s comment was removed.

    “A comment containing masked profanity has been removed.”

    What’s “masked profanity”?

  4. K2
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    And, for what it’s worth, I’m almost positive it’s Robbie Knievel.

  5. dirtgrain
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    You are a richard head?

  6. K2
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Who, me?

  7. Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I think Dirtgrain was attempting “masked profanity,” K2.

    Here’s my attempt: “Zorro thinks you’re a bitch.

  8. elviscostello
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    This cocksucker also had a hedge fund bet against the US Treasury Bonds while working against a compromise bill to increase the debt. If he had his way, we’d have defaulted and he’d have made a shitload of money.

  9. elviscostello
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Patriot my ass!

  10. Victor Kilo
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I admire the eloquent and succinct comments of “Elvis Costello”. (no sarcasm intended)

    However, Eric Cantor is not a great man. He is a depraved hypocrite who does not deserve any praise and only deserves perpetual scorn and derision as is appropriate for putrid garbage.

    “For example, Eric Cantor tried to get about $3 billion for a rail project in his state, while decrying rail projects in other states.”

    “Eric Cantor may be willing to shut down all of government in order to leverage a few more tax breaks for rich people, or a few more benefit cuts to the unemployed, and he may rail against stimulus measures on a daily basis, but none of it has any ideological underpinning that makes any sense. Which, I presume, is why speeches by Cantor, Ryan and the rest are frequently so muddled and nonsensical. It’s difficult to argue for something when you don’t really believe it yourself, and when you know that the second you go back to your desk, you’re going to have to argue for the complete opposite.” districts?via=blog_1

  11. Robert
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Ah ha! Eric Cantor got booted out of office today by the voters of his district!

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