Occupy Wall Street Demands… A Rebuttal

FreeRepublic has listed the thirteen demands of the Occupy Wall Street loons here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2788237/posts

I’m going to respond to these with my thoughts.  Expect responses to get longer as I go along.

The “Occupy Wall Street” protesters have listed 13 proposed demands from their website.

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 hr.

My wife lived on 8 dollars an hour for a decade.  She didn’t have a lot of extra, but she was living, and supporting two cats.  It’s obvious these idiots haven’t thought about the consequences of raising the minimum wage.  I used to work at Arby’s when you could get the five for $5 deal, and minimum wage was about $4.38.  Stop and think about that for a minute.  Do you really look forward to Arby’s having a five for $20 deal?  What’s that going to do to the rest of the prices?  Further, what’s one of the drivers behind hiring illegal aliens?  They will work under the table for less than minimum wage!  This demand is based on the delusion that there will be no economic consequences.  A smarter demand would be to abolish the minimum wage.  Then work could be done for what it’s worth, and there would be no incentive to hire illegal aliens.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system.

It’s called Obamacare.  If the Supreme Court doesn’t overthrow it, it will become universal single payer within a decade.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

First, this is basically a reiteration of Demand one.  The fact that they didn’t even notice that is scary.  Worse, that means that I would be guaranteed $20 an hour for NOT working.  Think about the current strain on unemployment.  Now imagine adding the ability to be guaranteed $20 an hour for NOT working.  Would you want to be a bum for 60 hours a week, and get paid for all 60 hours?  I mean, I used to work 60 hours a week before I stubbed my toe and broke it!

Demand four: Free college education.

Sounds great!  And I happen to teach math at a local 2-year college.  So, who’s going to pay me to teach?  I mean, I love teaching, but I would like to get paid for it.  There is value in college reform.  There is value in looking at reforming the tenure system.  Personally, I think this would be accomplished more efficiently by privatizing ALL colleges, not by making them all public and free.  After all, look at how bad the public grade schools are these days.

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.

That sounds really great!  All we have to do is…  Oh wait, replace it with what?  Seriously, there is nothing in the vicinity of enough production of solar or wind technology to replace the current fossil fuels.  We could replace coal fired plants with nuclear, but that’s going to require the EPA granting permits instead of stalling them.  Vehicles simply don’t have an alternative to fossil fuels that is viable in a mass-production format.  Hydro-electric might be possible, but that would require even MORE electric capacity.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Umm… no.  There isn’t one trillion dollars in needed spending.  Seriously, where did that number come from?  They obviously didn’t conduct any studies.  Can they begin to suggest how much of that one trillion should be spent on each infrastructure item?  I doubt it.

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.

Ecological restoration planting forests???  They obviously don’t realize that it’s already being done by the lumber companies.  They want to reestablish the natural flow of river systems?  I guess that means were going to need more rail and conventional power plants to make up for the loss of navigable rivers and hydroelectric plants.  Oh wait, they want to get rid of nuclear power?  So, along with demand five, that means no nuclear, no coal-fired, and no hydroelectric power plants.  Where do they think the power is going to come from, unicorn poop?

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

I think we have that.  Let me check real quick.  13th Amendment, 15th Amendment, 19th Amendment, and 24th Amendment all seem to cover most of it.  What rights, exactly, do they think are not currently protected for all races/genders?

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Uh huh.  So, Al-Qaeda can walk into New York with bombs strapped to their backs and we can’t tell them we’d prefer it if they stay out?  Mexicans can come, work under the table (for less than $20 per hour), and leave again without protest?  I have a better idea, let’s just throw out the Constitution and replace it with Sharia.  That way, at least, we won’t have to suffer the violence that would immediately ensue with such a nonsense policy.  Oh, and my family will be moving to someplace that values it’s borders, like China.

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.

Ah yes, because nothing sounds like as much fun as a repeat of Al Gore claiming the election was stolen in 2000, and arguments about hanging chads.  Granted, most of these people were only seven or eight years old back then, but they might as well suggest we get rid of keyboards and go back to punch-card readers while we’re at it.  Oh, and let’s not forget how paper ballots were “found” for Al Franken’s senate bid.  We set international standards, not follow them.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all.

This is an incredibly bad idea.  What these idiots don’t realize, is that every time you deposit money in your bank, you are LOANING it to the bank.  If all debts are immediately forgiven, any millionaire would immediately be broke.  Anyone who had been saving for a new car would be broke.  The ONLY people who would have money would be those who had cash, and the banks.  No employer would have the money to pay anyone $20 per hour.  No debit card would work.  No 401K would have any value.  It would ALL BE GONE!

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Yes!  Let’s do that at the same time as demand eleven!  That way, when you go to reapply for credit (now that you’re broke) you’ll have to wait for the background check that will come with every credit application.  Hopefully, you can live off the food in your refrigerator while you wait a couple weeks for the results to come back.  Outlawing credit reporting agencies will NOT stop banks from checking on your credit-worthiness.  It will just make the process take a LOT longer.

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.

And now we find out who is behind all this nonsense: communists and unionists.  I will always vote “Nay”, but that shouldn’t be a real surprise.  Artificially raising wages just prices you out of competition.  All the other demands are based on the idea of NOT competing globally.  The result would be the American economy being isolated from the rest of the world.  There would be no trade, because our tariffs would be too high for imports, and our prices too high for exports.  No worries, though, it’s hard to manufacture anything on a reliable basis with rolling blackouts due to non-existent power supply.

In summary, the Occupy Wall Street people are certified idiots who can’t think beyond a sound-bite.


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