Let’s review each of these demands of the Wall Street rioters, and explain why each proposal is nonsensical…
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hour.
~~ In our current situation, imposing trade tariffs would cause inflation of many (if not all) products entering the United States. We do not manufacture anything – and so this would shoot ourselves in the foot by rising prices and increased trade tension. As for minimum wage increase – Get a Job, use your Education (if you have any), and rise above minimum wage!
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to Wall Street investors.
~ No – why are you involving two entirely different fields?! Under Obamacare we have a universal healthcare system that is restricting access to medical supplies and care, as well as burdening taxpayers with some 30 million uninsured people who may not even need it! The private healthcare market allows for alternative care, and specific care for those who need it. The healthcare firms compete for consumers, a basic form of capitalism which allows for the best care through competition.
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
~ Those who have never had a job in their lives could apply for this; this would also lead to greater regulation on employers, and greater union hold over workers. People’s work should be rewarded, but workers need to understand that they can apply themselves to better conditions and more application.
Demand four: Free college education.
~ If they were to argue for it under a different administration, this would be supported by me. It would invest in education, and our future; and education would be available to those who can apply themselves, but cannot afford it. However, the administration’s ability to appeal to special interest groups as well as moving funds to where they are not needed has this called into question. Under such a system colleges might have the same structures as today, but supported by taxpayer money and donations.
Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
~ There are not only too many jobs in fossil fuel, but we are heavily involved with foreign entities that are entirely made up of the fossil fuel. This idea has been proposed too many times; but we do not have the funds to do so. Private companies may do so with their own money; but the national government should not proceed with this. But they have, through special interest groups and earmarks.
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
~ Once again, we do not have the money – and Obama has appealed to unions and special interest groups to do so anyways. However, states already are improving infrastructure unnecessarily through money granted to them through the national government. Don’t beg to him, beg to the states. In any case, wait until the economy gets better and until the middle class has jobs other than road work.
Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
~ OK, now THIS is special interest group related. Not only would this restrict industry from being established or continuing, but this would also halt development in urban centers. Nuclear power is not dangerous, if constructed and handled properly; and it gives many people electricity and jobs. It is GREEN. And yet we do not have the money to develop more, or to halt their expansion.
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
~ We are already equal enough; it is up to the people to treat each other properly. So quit whining, and don’t be racist or sexist.
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
~ We have illegal Mexicans crossing the border, drug cartels already crossing the border and inciting violence, and terrorists threatening to smuggle weapons through to units in our country. And you want even more crap crossing the border?!?!?!
Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
~ There is much we may do to improve our electoral system…… this would be a great idea for ensuring the voter’s vote counts. However, it would be the integration of local votes with county, state and national voting data that worries me… I will do some personal research on that.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
~ How does this make any form of sense?! It would null all business debts, people would not be held accountable, and countries would no longer be bound to one another as they are today. And how would you even think that the entire world would cooperate with such a policy, especially those who are on the receiving end?!
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
~ Although there are special circumstances with unemployment and work, credit works to weed out those not eligible for loans and many other fiscal opportunities. Our entire nation’s financial woes are due to people without good credit receiving loans they could not pay back. We need credit agencies to maintain our banking stability.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union. These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
~ A union is separate from a business. It is the business that creates jobs, not unions – all they do is work for their special interests. This last demand is immersed in misunderstanding.
While few of these would make sense in different circumstances, many are based in illogic and a lack of education. Once again, many of these protestors are youth and college-age people. They are voting this upcoming election – scary. If you have any more information about the Occupy Wall Street riot, please comment below.
A Great letter by The Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso to the rioters on Wall Street. They really don’t have common sense or knowledge, and Freddoso easily refutes their arguments. Read and Sound Off Below!
Dear protesters in New York City,
You are not 99 percent of America. I don’t mean that in the obvious numerical sense. If 99 percent of Americans had actually joined your march, Manhattan would have flipped over by now.
What I mean is that if 99 percent of Americans actually sympathized with your cause, the entire nation’s economy would have collapsed long ago — apparently to the delight of the organizers of this current protest.
What I mean to say is, you have a marketing problem.
When you decided to sit in traffic and block the Brooklyn Bridge a few days ago, with that blazing pink “SMASH PATRIARCHY-SMASH CAPITALISM” sign in hand, you probably didn’t see the regular people you stranded in traffic.
You know, the ones with real-world concerns, business to attend to, families to go home to, et cetera. You may have read about such people during college in a book called “The Petit Bourgeoisie,” or something like that. Many of us grew up calling them “the middle class.”
Whatever you call them, they are hurting badly in this economy, probably more than you are. (I’m just judging by that sweet digital video camera I see you holding out in front of the cops, in hopes of provoking them into a viral-video police brutality incident.)
Those people you left stuck in traffic have a hard time paying their bills and rents and health insurance and mortgages. They worry about things like finding decent schools for their children to attend and making sure they don’t get fired at work, and fixing leaking roofs and chimneys.
You know what they don’t worry about, ever? Smashing patriarchy and capitalism.
So when your organizers go on television and say things like, “It’s revolution, not reform!” and they’re not joking, those words might give some of these narrow-minded people an unpleasant, October 1917 kind of feeling.
I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but these regular people probably weren’t very happy to see you on that bridge, carrying your preprinted black and yellow protest sign that hundreds of you got straight from the communist Workers’ World Party (or one of its less frighteningly named affiliates). So incensed was one Ground Zero construction worker that he called you “g-ddamned hippies” in the New York Post.
And that underscores the problem with the 100 million-plus people who work for a living in this country. They lack an enlightened perspective that would show them how your camping trip in lower Manhattan has already helped their lives.
See, regular people don’t like banks any more than you do. But when they go to buy houses for their families to live in, they often find that they don’t have half a million dollars stuffed in their mattresses. So they shortsightedly embrace financial imperialism, otherwise known as a mortgage.
They also worry about corporations, because they’re big and powerful. But then, they’d love to own one of those sweet video cameras like yours, and they perceive that they can only buy one if an evil corporation can turn an obscene profit making and selling it.
So the point is, real-life things blind people to the great class struggle you’re waging in lower Manhattan. You, and the rest of America’s three-tenths of one percent.
You can take some consolation from that next year when you sacrifice your principles, abandon the Global People’s Liberation Party (or whatever), and vote to re-elect President Obama.