Ed Asner’s ‘Occupy’ Attack on the Rich

Like other notable entertainment biz hypocrites such as race-baiter Russell Simmons, rapper Kanye (“Bush doesn’t care about black people”) West, and documentary propagandist Michael Moore, actor/activist Ed Asner threw in his lot with the anarchic Occupy Wall Street movement, supplying the narration for a cartoon condemning wealthy Americans for not paying their “fair share” of taxes.

Asner, 83, former gruff-but-lovable TV star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant, and now gruff-and-hateful self-admitted socialist, narrated a nearly eight-minute video created and posted online last week by the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) called Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale. The site’s brief description of the plot includes the ludicrous claim that “Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore.”

You have to see this outrageous and amateurishly animated video to believe just how blatant and exaggerated is its class warfare propaganda. It’s shot through with the Occupy movement’s language about the decent 99 percent versus the insanely greedy 1 percent. It asserts that the heartless rich (all white men, of course, as opposed to the diverse commoners) became wealthy through tax loopholes, tax cuts and tax evasion; they are blamed for causing the decline of public services and crashing the economy, for buying politicians and suppressing votes, and for controlling the media which then hypnotizes the people into believing there is no alternative to capitalism. The rich are then depicted blaming the poor, public servants and teachers for the economic collapse of society.

As the video hit the internet, conservatives denounced its hypocrisy and its caricature of the wealthy. GatewayPundit.com warned that the video “could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak” and noted that “it was written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner.” Fox News’ Sean Hannity played clips from the video on his show for his guests. Conservative Tucker Carlson said, “There’s really no overstating how dumb this is. The idea that there are any California teachers currently in classrooms in charge of children who agree with that, is horrifying.” Hannity’s Democrat guest Kirsten Powers acknowledged, “It was pretty bad. I have to say, even I found it offensive. It was too much demonizing for my taste.”

As long as Asner is demonizing rich white men, let’s look at this rich white man’s own résumé in leftist political activism, which began when he led a 1980 strike by the Screen Actors’ Guild, an organization he would later head twice as President. He was a vocal critic of the Reagan administration, condemning our involvement in Central America and participating in a fundraiser to aid guerrillas fighting against the Reagan-backed government in El Salvador. He also lent his name to a rebel-supporting direct-mail piece.

For his efforts on behalf of the progressive agenda, he has received the ACLU‘s Worker’s Rights Committee Award, the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, the Eugene Debs Award, the Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.

Asner and his wife have contributed financially to a number of Democratic political campaigns and progressive organizations, including MoveOn.org. As a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) he has said: “Socialist means a thing that will curb the excesses of capitalism: the increasing wealth of the rich and decreasing wealth of the poor… For me, solidarity, civil liberty, and social justice can all be summed up with three simple letters – DSA.”

Predictably an advocate of gun control and opponent of the death penalty, Asner testified as a character witness for accused cop killer Kenneth Gay and has spoken out publicly on numerous occasions protesting the death sentence of the celebrity set’s favorite cop-killer, Mumia Abu Jamal. Asner was also a member of the International Committee to Free Geronimo Pratt of the vile Black Panther Party, arrested in 1970 for murdering a Los Angeles schoolteacher.

In addition to lending his support to murderers, the actor avidly cheers the celebrity set’s favorite murdering dictator Fidel Castro and cluelessly blames the U.S. for pushing him into the sphere of Soviet influence. He claimed that Castro has been forced into “excesses” because of Cuba being “constantly embargoed by the United States.” Poor misunderstood Castro.

An unsurprising critic of the Bush administration, the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, and American foreign policy in general, Asner has advocated for the 9-11 Visibility Project, which promotes the idea that our government knew the terrorist attacks were coming and did nothing to stop them, and he has stated that “9-11 has been used to justify ‘endless war’ and a continual rollback in civil liberties that seems to have no end in sight.” He has said that George Bush “is making us an imperialist government.” Parroting the irrational, fact-free, race-obsessed mindset of his progressive brethren, Asner added, “that there is a strong streak of racism whenever we engage in foreign adventures. Our whole history in regime change has been of people of different color.” Perhaps he thinks we should be deposing the dangerous dictators of Norway or Canada instead.

Speaking of regime change, Asner was a signatory to the 2002 Not In Our Name petition organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party, which calls for the overthrow of the U.S. government and its replacement with a Communist dictatorship.

Yes, how much better off Americans would be if we did away with rich businessmen (but only the white males, not the Oprahs or the Russell Simmonses) and embraced the likes of angry socialist Ed Asner, Fidel Castro, 9/11 truthers, the Black Panthers, the Revolutionary Communist Party, and the Occupy movement. What a fairy-tale ending that would be for America.

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  • Mary Sue

    Ed Asner's always been a stupid hippie. I know several people that can't stand him.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      He just cuts his hair a lot shorter. Otherwise, he's typical.

    • trickyblain

      Cool story, bro.

      Enlightening political discourse!

  • UCSPanther

    Leftist dogma is so stale and out of touch with reality these days. Obviously, they didn't get the message that the 1990s ground to an end close to 13 years ago, and their glory days of the '60s are long over, where they fought the man, finally became the man, and now they are being fought against by the rising tide of conservatism.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obviously, they didn't get the message that the 1990s ground to an end close to 13 years ago, and their glory days of the '60s are long over, where they fought the man, finally became the man, and now they are being fought against by the rising tide of conservatism."

      Well, certain events and actors in 2003 got those lunatics started again, and now with the class warfare WMD that goes by (among other names) 0"Bama, the crazy liberals are having dreams again about a perfect world on earth, If only those rich white men weren't so greedy sucking up all those natural resources somehow…like money being harvested from the trees they must have stolen from public lands. Or they have secret tunnels to gold and diamonds that really should be distributed equally without regard for any effort anyone made. Hey, people get tired, OK? They still deserve their fair share.

      I thought leftism was shut down when the documents from the collapsed Soviet Union were published proving our justifications for the cold war. I didn't really understand that we had revisionist liars as US citizens too.

    • Guest

      "….and their glory days of the '60s are long over, where they fought the man, finally became the man, and now they are being fought against by the rising tide of conservatism."

      Yes,when they told everyone "Question Authority" – until THEY became Authority.And because they did, they always had a hubris, that no one dare Question THEIR Authority,because, having overthrown an Authority they labled as evil and corrupt, there's no need to overthrow them, because they're "right" and more "moral" than what they overthrew, so they deserve to rule,regardless. In a word: MEGALOMANIA.

      • Mary Sue

        It's Eric Cartman personified. "Respect mah authoritah!"

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Yes,when they told everyone "Question Authority" – until THEY became Authority."

        Um, yeah. LOL. Well, don't question us, question the pigs in power till we destroy them as Alinsky taught us.

  • Deep Space

    I was living in Seattle throughout the early '80s and I took a filmmaking seminar from Stanley Kramer who had moved there by his own admission to find a decent place to raise a new family. One of his guests was Ed Asner who twisted his tongue into knots trying to explain why he had crossed the picket line of the strikers that he himself had set loose! LOL

    • Mary Sue

      ROFL that must have been priceless. Ed the Hypocrite.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "…actor/activist Ed Asner threw in his lot with the anarchic Occupy Wall Street movement, supplying the narration for a cartoon condemning wealthy Americans for not paying their “fair share” of taxes."

    They NEVER have facts on their side, so they must use drama for their propaganda. What a waste.

    Social justice huh? Start volunteering your own time and money and then hope you inspire others. Don't pick other's pockets. Losers.



    The CPUSA teamed up with the Soviet KGB to recruit students, journalists, Hollywood actors, in their attempt to takeover Central America. These groups quickly came to the aid of COMMUNIST DANIEL ORTEGA and in a "Mother of All Deceptions," they aided the COMMUNIST FMLN REBELS IN EL SALVADOR using "peace and human rights groups," church groups, and universities which was their main target. Students quit school to go to Nicaragua on Construction Brigades which were nothing by MARXIST INDOCTRINATION CAMPS.


    BARACK OBAMA was also one of these students.


    ED ASNER led a group of Hollywood actors to raise monies for the FARID HANDEL the co-leader of the FMLN and the leader of CISPES or Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. ASNER RAISED MONEY FOR "N.E.S.T" New El Salvador Today and CISPES. He and Elizabeth Montgomery/Bewitched held a fundraiser at her home.

    OBAMA AND HIS "CIRCLE OF COMMUNISTS" that he appointed to head the State Department, DOJ, Homeland Security, the Defense Department, AND HIS CZARS, ARE DUPES OF THE CPUSA AND KGB. They were the "SEEDS THAT WERE PLANTED" and now they are the labors of their fruit.

    QUESTION: DID REAGAN REALLY WIN THE COLD WAR WHEN A KGB DUPE IS PRESIDENT? Doesn't Obama's whispering to Medvedev make alittle more sense now and that's on top of all the policies aiding Putin, like the removing of a plan to base missiles, no action on Iran and Syria which Russia is aiding? IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME TO LABEL A PRESIDENT AS TREASONOUS, TODAY IS THE DAY!

    • jaggededge

      does that tinfoil hat keep you warm in the winter?

      • knucklehead

        jaggededge: prove him wrong.

      • Mary Sue

        Except he's right, and you're ignorant.


    I JUST LOVE THE ONES WHO PROTEST and scream "Tax the Rich" when they themselves don't even pay taxes. Most of these scumbags are even paid to protest and I bet they get cash.


    This is the under-the-table cash payments and mostly by ILLEGALS who undercut our wages and companies like landscaping and construction. They are taking so many of our jobs and those who hire them are the reason for what I call "MODERN DAY SLAVERY." African's were slaves to "do the work American's won't do" and now it's ILLEGALS who willingly come here to "do the work American's won't do." Once they're here, they live in cramped and squalid conditions and no workplace recourse. All their boss has to say is "If you don't like it, go back to Mexico" so these SLAVES work harder with a minimum of correct tools to do the job. To dig a trench, they use a pick and shovel while a company would use a backhoe but that is more expensive.

    THESE PEOPLE GET PAID CASH with a majority EXPORTED to their families. The EXPORTATION means they don't spend it here, OR PAY TAXES aiding in our infrastructure and debt. THIS EXPORTATION adds to our dollar exports to OPEC, and countries that hate us, and to China, India, and many other countries and again, to countries that hate us.

    THIS EXPORT OF OUR DOLLAR IS OUR PROBLEM and so we need to DEMAND the export of ALL ILLEGALS PERIOD! We also need to get our companies to come back to the U.S. and at least to our hemisphere to HELP OUR CONTINENT. If we set up companies in Mexico, they'll have jobs there and maybe won't come here. Isn't it also cheaper to ship goods across the Rio Grande than it is across the Pacific to our West Coast and worse, through the Panama Canal to get to our East Coast? Then the dollar export to OPEC instead of drilling here, in our coastal areas, Alaska, and Keystone!

    WE, THE PEOPLE, can not hire ILLEGALS and companies can now use E-VERIFY but there is so much fraud like here in New Mexico where BILL RICHARDSON approved Driver's Licenses for ILLEGALS and even with overwhelming evidence of fraud, Republican Governor Susana Martinez has been unsuccessful to repeal the law in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. ON JANUARY 15, 2013, NTSB WILL NOT ACCEPT THE NM LICENSE AS ID AND WE ARE NOW REQUIRED TO GET PASSPORTS. California and Illinois, who are about to allow the same for ILLEGALS, BE WARNED! THERE IS RAMPANT FRAUD. For example, a group of over sixty MEXICANS used the address of a local Television station. A Notary Public was being paid to put her stamp of approval on hundreds of fake documents.

    "TAX THE RICH?" I say, "KICK OUT ILLEGALS!" "DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!" "BRING OUR JOBS HOME!" Did you hear what Obama's JOB CZAR SAID OF CHINA? GOOGLE "Jeffery Immelt China Communist"

    • Smitty

      You describe illegals as "slaves.?" I think not. Slaves are forced to work. Illegals do it because they want to. They have the choice of being here or staying in their own countries. Other than that, I am with you on the illegal situation.


        Once on the job they are "willing" to do, they are treated like SLAVES! I've seen it including by my own dad decades ago. It's still the same today. Then they are passed around by those who "care" for them LIKE SLAVES.

      • Mary Sue

        You're forgetting that quite a number of illegals owe some very nasty people money for getting them over the border, so yeah, in a sense they could be in slavery (to the debt).

    • carrie

      The FBI made 2 busts on shipments from China to IL of shiny new fake drivers licenses . IL now has the 4th highest rate of illegals.

      And the Mexican drug trade supplies 80% of all illegal drugs in the US .
      China,Russia and the ME import the rest.
      Every time someone you know buys weed, they've just financed more illegal immigrants ,cartel power ,murders and terrorism .

      A congressional report claimed if we closed the border and cut off the drug trade – Mexico's economy would collapse. Hence they won't close off the border and stop the drug flow.

      The drug trade is more valuable than our children's lives.

  • Demetrius M

    Do even lefty democrats consider MoveOn.org credible anymore? They are like a hate-filled cartoon- too ludacris for real life..

    • Drakken

      Oh they believe it alright, they live it.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The fact that they do believe that "stuff" reveals to us just how delusional they are.

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    Liberals always say they're all about choice. But only when the choice is for abortion. Any other
    socital choice is met with derision and protest. Right to work status, in a state,
    is ALL about the choice of an employee to join a union or not join a union.
    Much of the lefts power is derived from these block groups of voters, like single women and unions.
    So it's no surprise they pull all the stops to hang on to this most basic dimocrat power source…

    • Questions

      I know lots of single women who vote Republican.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Liberals always say they're all about choice."

      LOL. You're speaking English. they're speaking Doublespeak. You see, they're for THEIR choice, not yours. THAT is the choice they're talking about. You can't take them literally as if they're using plain English.

      • HPD

        We must all learn this forked tounge “doublespeak” language you refer to so it does not bite US
        on the horses ass…in the misty moonlite…by the flickering firelite…somewhere
        on the bikepath…thank you Keemosabe …

  • HiPlainsDrifter

    Bring your machete, pinhead….
    I like my odds with a Colt 45…

  • Lan Astaslem

    did you buy a laptop with your welfare check or do you use one at the library like the other smelly homeless bums?

  • Questions

    Ed Asner is an aging politician who looks a decade older than he is. I wouldn't worry about him. Like the author says, he was lovable as "Lou Grant," but he ain't so lovable anymore.

    • Smitty

      Sadly, Asner is merely another Hollywood Elite member who feels just because millions saw him on a TV show that his opinions must be more worthy and important than the rest of us mere mortals who must break our backs on a daily basis to pay the taxes that support those who love to sit on their backsides.
      Frankly, Asners positions on almost anything are diametrically opposed to common sense. What scares me is that there are many people who agree with him and his screwball ideas.

      • Questions

        Asner isn't what I'd call "elite," in Hollywood or anywhere else. That's my main point. He's a bit player, a C-lister. Pay him no mind.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Asner isn't what I'd call "elite," in Hollywood or anywhere else"

          Oh boy.

          Definition of ELITE

          1 – a singular or plural in construction : the choice part : cream <the elite of the entertainment world>
          b singular or plural in construction : the best of a class <superachievers who dominate the computer elite — Marilyn Chase>
          c singular or plural in construction : the socially superior part of society <how the French-speaking elite…was changing — Economist>
          d : a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence <members of the ruling elite>
          e : a member of such an elite —usually used in plural <the elites … , pursuing their studies in Europe — Robert Wernick>

          He may not be "elite" among his peers (who are also the elite of society through their "thought leadership") but anyone who has this much reach in his voice is by definition among the elite class with respect to his influence. Do you have the ability to get your words quoted nationally or internationally? You're not a member of the political elite. He is.

          He's not an elite actor. The quote was "Hollywood Elite" which generally is a reference to political activists who exploit their Hollywood fame to take leadership positions in political causes. He's typical, but not an elite of the elite, if that is what confused you.

      • Mary Sue

        Well he's an Elitist, that's for sure.

  • Omar

    Ed Asner is a lunatic. Obviously, he doesn't know that there is no embargo on Cuba. There are only limited sanctions. The U.S. is one of Cuba's largest food suppliers. Asner also doesn't care about the fact that Castro's Cuba has tried to destroy the United States at least twice. The first time was during the Missile Crisis and the second time was a month later when Cuban agents planned to blow up Macy's, Gimbels, Bloomingdales and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan with 500 kilograms of TNT. The FBI arrested the plotters and deported them to Cuba. The story is here: http://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/20… The U.S. has not acted aggresively towards the Castro regime in any way (in fact, America has been too generous with the regime, since the United States was one of the first countries to give formal diplomatic recognition to the Castro regime in 1959). If anything, it is the other way around. For a long time, the Castro dictatorship has been trying to undermine America's democratic interests around the world. At times during the late 20th century, the Castro regime has financed many far-left terrorist organizations around the world (like the FARC, ELN, ETA and IRA) as well as financed terrorist groups in the U.S. like the Weather Underground and May 19, whose goals were to overthrow the U.S. government and transform America into a Communist totalitarian country. In Puerto Rico (which is a U.S. territory), the Castro dictatorship (along with the Chavez autocracy in Venezuela) has openly supported and financed Communist, and other far-left separatist terrorist organizations like the FALN and Los Macheteros. The goals of those terrorist organizations were to force the island of Puerto Rico to secede from the U.S. in order to install a Communist totalitarian regime on the island allied with the Castro regime in Cuba and other despotic regimes around the world. The secessionist movement in PR is very unpopular (due to the anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-Western, pro-Communist, pro-totalitarian, pro-Castro, pro-Soviet, pro-Chavez and pro-terrorist nature of that movement), as most Puerto Ricans support either statehood (in which Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state of the United States, which I support, along with more than half of the island's population) or remaining a territory (Commonwealth). Asner obviously hates democracy and supports totalitarianism.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Ed Asner is a lunatic. Obviously, he doesn't know that there is no embargo on Cuba. "

      Ed Asner is a lunatic. Obviously, he doesn't know how to distinguish facts from fiction, ever.

    • Smitty

      Sadly, Asner is merely another Hollywood Elite member who feels just because millions saw him on a TV show that his opinions must be more worthy and important than the rest of us mere mortals who must break our backs on a daily basis to pay the taxes that support those who love to sit on their backsides.

  • Smitty

    Hey, willy: In case you didn't know, when there are no "rich" whites left to provide the capital to finance new businesses that will hire employees, there will be only poor white trash who are left to root around at the county dump, wishing they had jobs. You will be the guy with the machete? I have news for you. I'll be the guy who defends himself with a semi-automatic rifle. You are a typical liberal who pops off your nonsense with absolutely no knowledge or education. Sadly, you are allowed to vote.

  • pierce

    What a sorry ass old man, angry at the world, and probably more angry at himself for now, not amounting to a hill of beans. As Omar says, a lunatic. Why are we wasting ink on this man?

  • BS77

    Ed Asner doesn't know it, but he's another brainwashed leftist , unable to free himself from the idiotic dogma of the Sixties. His support of Mumia demonstrates his foolishness. . …. There are many irrational nut jobs on the left, just like him.

    • UCSPanther

      Don't forget the hypocrisy here: He is for gun control, but guess what the black panthers were known to wave around…

  • Drakken

    Dumbaz progressive, in case it has escaped your little commi mind, we conservatives have all the guns, and we will protect what is ours. So please by all means come one and all, we have more bullets than you have bodies and we will use them liberally.

  • Drakken

    If that commi Asner has his way, Ross Perots words will comeback to haunt him, That sucking sound you will hear is the sound of American wealth leaving the country(to paraphrase). Lots of my friends have made and are making plans to offshore their wealth as things go from bad to worse. Look at France and other countries of the commi bent, the rich are leaving, in droves. That is what will happen to us if this maddness continues.

  • UCSPanther

    You bring a machete, I'll bring a mossberg M500 mariner loaded with 000 buck magnum shells.

    Or for added style, a repro 1887 winchester lever shotgun loaded with 000 buck.

  • Knucklehead

    willy, so you're advocating a communist take-over of this country? Why don't you stinking America-hating leftist garbage go live in a true socialist/leftist/communist/totalitarian society? Move to Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, or some other third world toilet and see how well the socialist agenda works. Stop infesting this great country with your cancerous leftist hate.

  • tagalog

    Ed Asner said, “Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore?”

    Question 1: Does anybody in his right mind WANT to pay taxes? I bet even Oliver Wendell Holmes didn't like to pay taxes.

    Question 2: What happens to the economics of a given society (such as ours at the present time, for example) when a government runs out of rich peoples' money to tax?

    Question 3: Can I pee on Ed Asner? He's a rich person.

    • trickyblain

      "Does anybody in his right mind WANT to pay taxes?"

      Does anybody in his right mind WANT to die in war for his country?
      Does anybody in his right mind WANT to run into a burning World Trade Center in hopes of saving people?


      But I thank God that there are those WILLING to do so. Paying taxes is absurdly trivial in comparison.

      • tagalog

        I don't suppose you've noticed that the two comparisons you've raised are hardly in the same category as paying taxes. Of course you have; you've said so. You're engaging in a form of hyperbole; it sounds good, but it's not logically respectable and is not really an argument. It's like saying that because alcohol, which is legal, is a harmful drug, we should legalize marijuana because its use has -allegedly- fewer adverse consequences.

        After all, even the Supreme Court has said that there's nothing improper about using the tax law to pay as little in taxes as possible.

        I notice you didn't address Question 2.

  • EdwinS

    From the days of Vietnam protest Asner has longed to become a leftist icon like Jane Fonda. He envied her celebrity and wept into his pillow that he could not achieve the same.
    Now we see him taking his last chance: maybe this time he'll get there, he hopes.
    But Ed – you'll never reach the jane Fonda heights – even with a sex change (ugh!)
    So give it up – retire to the oblivion you so richly deserve…

  • Mary Sue

    Earth to Free Willy: It's people like you that are causing said conditions by continuing to vote yourselves money from the Government Teat. Money doesn't grow on trees, and eating the rich will only be killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

    After you feed the homeless one measly rotten meal of Rich People Hearts, there will be nothing left. No more golden eggs, sorry noob.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt that the Salvadorians and Nicaraguans who fled their homelands over what was going on there at the time would like Ed Asner too much. I doubt the Cubans who are here like him either.

  • BS77

    If only Ed Asner would read Animal Farm….he might have a break through moment.

    • Mary Sue

      if he did read it he probably convinced himself it wasn't about communism.

      • trickyblain

        You should look up Orwell's politics.

        Be real hard to claim socialism = communism, and stand by this comment, afterwards.

  • Smitty

    Hey Ed: I found this in my in-box. I know you won't understand it, but try……try hard:

    Government welfare programs created to buy the
    votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

    Japan does not have a welfare system.

    Work for it or do without.

    And I don’t think there has ever been a better explanation of
    the importance of incentive than this example

    These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and
    all applicable to this:

    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating
    the wealthy out of prosperity.

    2. What one person receives without working for, another
    person must work for without receiving.

    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the
    government does not first take from somebody else.

    4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

    5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have
    to work because the other half is going to take care of them,
    and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to
    work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,
    that is the beginning of the end of any nation. The election is over.
    This depicts exactly the irreversible direction which our national
    voter base has chosen for our nation.