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Union Organizer Stephen Lerner Defends His Plan To Crash The Stock Market
Business Insider ^ | 3/25/11 | Dylan Ratigan

Posted on 03/25/2011 4:49:30 PM PDT by Nachum

Last night, I interviewed the man at the center of a new swirling controversy.

Stephen Lerner, a veteran union organizer, wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks.

And this week, he was caught on tape talking about a "mortgage strike" against the big banks. He suggested that a large number of homeowners stop paying their mortgage until the banks agree to negotiate and modify loans.

Glenn Beck pounced on the recording. And so did Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican Congressman from Utah, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying that Lerner's threats "clearly constitute domestic terrorism", and asked for an investigation.

I interviewed Lerner, to get his side of the story -- his first interview since being attacked by Beck. Lerner talked about the mortgage strike idea, the big banks, the Tea Party and Glenn Beck's attack, and being accused of terrorism.

"Glenn Beck and this group of people are basically shilling for Wall Street"

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beck; chaffetz; glennbeck; jasonchaffetz; lerner; organizer; seiu; stephen; stephenlerner; thugs; union
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Fantastic. Let's see the Obamanauts spin this one.
1 posted on 03/25/2011 4:49:38 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Defenseless...period.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 4:51:05 PM PDT by moovova (Obama...a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday...)
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To: Nachum

Go for it Lerner!


3 posted on 03/25/2011 4:52:10 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Nachum

It’s hard to believe how many maggot-infested commies there are living in our country who have only one goal, the destruction of America. We should be weeding these bastards out and putting them in jail before they can do any more damage.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 4:53:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The problem with America is that not many Americans live here anymore.)
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To: Nachum
He suggested that a large number of homeowners stop paying their mortgage until the banks agree to negotiate and modify loans.

Why are these people allowed to walk the streets in a free society?

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5 posted on 03/25/2011 4:55:15 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Hmmm. Start in Wall Street and work our way down?


6 posted on 03/25/2011 4:55:38 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Nachum

given current trading volumes it seems a little too late.

Perhaps he could just take credit for the fall of rome.


7 posted on 03/25/2011 4:57:18 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: EGPWS

“Why are these people allowed to walk the streets in a free society?”

We are going to NEED a bigger Gallows.


8 posted on 03/25/2011 4:57:42 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: longtermmemmory; Nachum

For the most part the Leftwingtards in the current regime (as well as their running dog lackeys) have absolutely no sense of scale.


9 posted on 03/25/2011 4:59:09 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Nachum

“Wall Street” - the big bugaboo to these characters. How they HATE the rich, you know, the ones who pay the most of the taxes they intend to confiscate when their dreams of their Utopia come to pass.


10 posted on 03/25/2011 4:59:54 PM PDT by Twinkie (WHERE ARE OBAMA'S RECORDS? ALL of them.)
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To: Nachum

This man is going to disappear.


11 posted on 03/25/2011 5:00:05 PM PDT by crz
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To: Nachum

It ain’t Lerner by himself...and its the 15 trillion in private retirements they’re shootin’ for.


12 posted on 03/25/2011 5:01:09 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Nachum. So, when's he start a new job in the Obama administration?
wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks

13 posted on 03/25/2011 5:01:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: bigheadfred

I’d prefer to start with commie maggots like Lerner, but okay.


14 posted on 03/25/2011 5:02:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The problem with America is that not many Americans live here anymore.)
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To: Cheetahcat

Would it be SO WRONG to have just a little vendetta and round up these filthy un-Americans? Most of the Dems in Congross, Chrissy Matthews, Olberdork, MadCow and a couple hundred other leftist pigs?

Some sort of executive order or something? Round ‘em up and put them in a Zoo.


15 posted on 03/25/2011 5:03:33 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: Nachum

Stephen Lerner is SEIU need I say more.


16 posted on 03/25/2011 5:03:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Nachum
...wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks.

You owe the big bad bank money? Then pay your bill.

17 posted on 03/25/2011 5:04:49 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like he already has.


18 posted on 03/25/2011 5:05:05 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Nachum

How about this Mr. Lerner, you walk out on your mortgages first and we’ll watch. OK?


19 posted on 03/25/2011 5:06:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Nachum

an article by Dylan Ratigan? Business insider? oh please...not to mention the subject...lol!


20 posted on 03/25/2011 5:06:33 PM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Jail? Hell no! Then, we’d have to pay for them. Deportation to the communist nation of their choice. Let them live under their system for a while and see how they change their tunes.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 5:07:06 PM PDT by ronnyquest (Barack H. Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. What are you going to do about it?)
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To: EGPWS

Not much longer.


22 posted on 03/25/2011 5:07:28 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: GRRRRR
Round ‘em up and put them in a Zoo.

It would be seven kinds of awesome to watch them fling their feces at each other!

23 posted on 03/25/2011 5:08:11 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

The trick comes if, in a feat akin to herding cats, all the debtors defaulted in unison. The banks would be overwhelmed. Of course such a course of action could not be recommended in good conscience.


24 posted on 03/25/2011 5:08:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: EGPWS

The gallows at Tombstone?


25 posted on 03/25/2011 5:09:54 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Nachum

Isn’t it just crazy how RATigan forgot to ask about the plan to bringing down the economy...that silly RATigan!


26 posted on 03/25/2011 5:10:40 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: ronnyquest

They shouldn’t be given an option. They all should be sent to North Korea so they can celebrate “Earf Hour” every hour of every night of the year.


27 posted on 03/25/2011 5:11:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey thug! I've got your "collective bargaining" right here!)
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To: Nachum
That treasonous A-hole should be interviewed from his prison cell...not as a free man.
28 posted on 03/25/2011 5:11:41 PM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Nachum

What gets me is the fact that the useful idiots on the left can’t grasp the fact that the poor will be harmed the most. If they would listen to what Learner, Piven and others are saying, they would hear that harming the poor is part of the strategy.

Its why the unions here in Michigan hire the homeless at low wages to picket the businessmen who are the largest donors to the homeless shelters the picketers came from. The end result is that the businessmen will stop donating to the homeless shelters and the homeless will truly be out on the street. Then the union bosses will wag their finger in the air shouting “Look what they did to you”


29 posted on 03/25/2011 5:15:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum
Stephen Lerner, a veteran union organizer, wants collective bargaining for homeowners that owe money to the big banks.

It's called a contract, Stevie.

If you don't like the contract, don't sign it.

30 posted on 03/25/2011 5:15:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: EGPWS
Why are these people allowed to walk the streets in a free society?

My guess is because we have not corraled them, OK? I will let you write what goes on their tombstone.

31 posted on 03/25/2011 5:16:58 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Aren’t a lot of union pension funds in the stock market? What happens to them, and the unions, if they go bye- bye?


32 posted on 03/25/2011 5:18:32 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Nachum

This guy wants destroy our economy to create kaos and replace our form of government with his twisted commie dream and defend his actions too. How is that gonna work.


33 posted on 03/25/2011 5:19:47 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Nachum

I believe many participants in a “mortgage strike” might rethink their actions when the foreclosure notices hit the mail.


34 posted on 03/25/2011 5:22:44 PM PDT by Ferndale (Seniors are fiscal conservatives as long as their benefits are not affected.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

What if right wingers in this country boycotted companies and institutions that have SEIU employees?


35 posted on 03/25/2011 5:27:08 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Nachum

who is this imbecile, and why should we care what he wants? ......


36 posted on 03/25/2011 5:30:33 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Nachum

Lol he thinks like our president


37 posted on 03/25/2011 5:31:06 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Nachum

Well, let’s see here. We have a “veteran union organizer” calling for a strike. Nothing new or novel there. He’s calling for a strike among homeowners, against mortgage companies. That’s pretty novel.

Wonder what sort of union dues the leech expects to extract by virtue of becoming middeman between homeowners and mortgage companies?

I guess we’ve already sort of got that, with federal regulations and Fannie Mae. The “dues” are hidden in our tax bills.


38 posted on 03/25/2011 5:33:44 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: mlocher

Well there certainly has been enough greed to go around the last few years. The banks, the consumer, the politicians, the government, Wall Street, mortgage brokers, real estate sales people, it was like the roaring 20’s. Lots of money to throw around and no one was watching the back door, or excuse me, President Bush gave out a luke warm warning that Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were getting out of hand and wanted oversite, but he didn’t push it real hard, and no one wanted to listen.Unless you were on the inside, you had no idea how deep the rabbit hole went, until the last few days of Bush’s administration. The Press is still covering up the fraud. Its easy to understand the anger out there, it has affected so many people needlessly, I have way too many friends out of work and suffering through no fault of their own. Lost business’, lost homes, these were not people that bought over their heads, they just lost income and their homes lost value as well, so they couldn’t sell them and lost them to the banks, I’m madder than Hell, but just not sure who to take out my anger on. It seems like everyone is responsible !


39 posted on 03/25/2011 5:34:24 PM PDT by juma (What i s the real answer ? Does anyone Know ?)
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To: Cheetahcat

Nah. I got plenty of ammo. ;p


40 posted on 03/25/2011 5:40:47 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: RedMDer

Meanwhile in Detroit, one group of bailout recipients (UAW) protests another bailout recipient (Bank of America) over bailouts.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2694667/posts


41 posted on 03/25/2011 5:41:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: GRRRRR

Would it be SO WRONG to have just a little vendetta and round up these filthy un-Americans? Most of the Dems in Congross, Chrissy Matthews, Olberdork, MadCow and a couple hundred other leftist pigs?

********

Yes. Because it gives them license to talk about/do the same to us.

Note the tagline ...


42 posted on 03/25/2011 5:47:18 PM PDT by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we revolt.)
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To: Cheetahcat
We are going to NEED a bigger Gallows.

Just get higher capacity magazines.

43 posted on 03/25/2011 5:48:13 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: Nachum

Seems like RICO statutes should come into play if this is an organized attempt to damage the economic structure of the United States.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 5:55:27 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: cripplecreek
The clock is ticking and the public employee unions are running out of time and options. It is going to get nasty and the thugs are going into overdrive.
45 posted on 03/25/2011 6:01:20 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: mo

“it’s the 15 trillion in private retirements they’re shootin’ for.”

Bingo. Kill of the old and disabled. Move to the undesirable politically. Grab the assets at death. And move to grab retirements.

Except theirs.


46 posted on 03/25/2011 6:01:27 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Nachum

Love this thread. We’re seeing the best of the best by Freepers.


47 posted on 03/25/2011 6:04:21 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: dalebert

“Lol he thinks like our president”

...whose name is on the SCOTUS brief that ushered in the CRA case from 1995 (might have the year wrong).


48 posted on 03/25/2011 6:05:09 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: RedMDer

Actually one of the most interesting things Learner said on the tape was “Unions are finished in America”.

This is their stand or fall moment.


49 posted on 03/25/2011 6:05:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum
Here's something that boggled my mind. As I was reading through this thread I noticed a story in our local throw-away paper headlined "Help for Those Facing Foreclosure." It details how the U.S. Treasury Dept. has set up a $2 billion fund for Californians facing mortgage crises through its "Hardest Hit Fund." I assume other states have received comparative amounts of federal largesse. Have others heard of this program?

So the Feds already have a program in place (financed with our tax dollars) to assist the very people Lerner is trying to radicalize. I don't know how this works in other states but here's the URL for CA: www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org

It appears an outfit called Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. has been approved by the California Housing Finance Agency as a "certified counseling organization" which administers the above program. This just underscores the fact that Lerner is just another SEIU thug intent upon destabilizing our economy.

50 posted on 03/25/2011 6:07:45 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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