GOP congressman: Wall Street protests are ‘attack upon freedom’

The president mentioned the protests during his midday news conference Thursday, saying the movement expresses the frustrations that the American people feel.”

But, the president added, we have to have a strong, effective financial sector for our economy to work.” He also said the administration hasnt been more aggressive in prosecuting those on Wall Street involved in the financial crisis because their actions werent necessarily illegal, but immoral.

Broun said labor unions are trying to exploit the anger felt by the protesters to help the president in his reelection campaign.


Some unions and Democratic lawmakers have embraced Occupy Wall Street and have shown public support for the protests over the past few days.

Broun spoke to TopLine” following Obamas news conference, during which the president again called for Congress to act on his jobs proposal.

When asked if he thought Congress would pass a major jobs bill before the end of the year, Broun said, I dont think so.”

This is just more of the same of [Obama’s] same old failed policies that have not created jobs out in the private sector, its not stimulated the economy and its just more of the same,” Broun said.

The congressman said he thought Obamas news conference sounded like a campaign speech against the Republican Party.

Broun slammed the presidents approach to job creation, claiming that Obamas policies have forced jobs overseas and harmed the economy.


Its just inane, its insanity to continue doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get different results, and thats exactly what this president continues to propose,” Broun said.

He blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for blocking bills proposed by Republicans in the House.

I dont think youre going to see anything get done as long as Harry Reid just sits on the bills that the House passed that will create a stronger economy … they are obstructing what were doing here in the House to try to create jobs and try to create a stronger economy.”