While I was on lunch today, I heard Limbaugh talking about the “demands” of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. I worked extra late tonight, but as soon as I got home, I just had to Google it and see what I found. And found it I did. Of course, this is the internet, so there is a possibility that it might be fake. Also, the protests, at least for now, seem to be a rather motley collection of misinformed kids, so not all of them may be in favor of a “central plan.” At any rate, here are the demands, item by item, with my comments after each…
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.
Comment: Er, so, we are going to make flipping burgers, working at a convenience store, or bagging groceries and $20 dollar an hour job? Who is going to be able to stay in business in the face of those expenses? How much more are we, especially the poor, going to have to pay for things to pay for those wages? Or will it be the mother of minimum wage increases? Like the others, it will cause job losses, but at that size, the job losses will be staggering. Then, of course, other nations would retaliate, and place tariffs on our exports, costing jobs.
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 st. investors.
Comment: Where do I begin? Handing money to Wall Street investors? They want to hand money to the government, have them fritter away 50-70% of it, and then ration care? Does it occur to them that Medicaid and Medicare already lose $100,000,000,000 a year in fraud now? How much more would it be if the goverment ran all of it?
Also, let’s go back to the posts I had done on the NHS in the UK…
Rationing Your Life Away
The Results of Socilaized Medicine: Do we Really Want What Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are Selling?
Does Single Payer Kill?
Does Single Payer Kill? Why Yes, Yes it Does
Check out the links, they are chock full of death-all caused by single payer, but that won’t happen here, right?
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Comment: If it’s anything like demand number one, expect even more job losses as businesses won’t be able to stay in business.
Demand four: Free college education.
Comment: Why even do it? Considering what the other items mentioned already would do, there would be no jobs. And, even if were were living in a parallel universe where economic reality does not exist, why work and study to get a degree when the high school burnout can schlep slurpies at the local 7-11, and still make as much money as you?
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.
Comment: Given the administration’s rousing success with other green projects, expect this to fail fast. Without fossil fuels, nothing gets made, nothing moves, and we are back in the 18th to early 19th century. Get used to pulling a plow kids!
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Comment: Didn’t Obama do that for “shovel ready” projects a couple years back? And how did that work out for ya?
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.
Comment: Natural flow of rivers means removing all flood control projects, locks and dams on rivers, and the like. No more hydro-electric power, we’ll see massive floods, ruined farmland, and no power. That, and given our experience with other government projects, each tree will likely cost $1,000,000, and will likely die within a month of being planted.
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Comment: Er, you can’t demand an amendment from the Constitution. It starts in Congress, and the States have to ratify it. Also, beware of their wording. When leftists say “equal,” they usually mean preferential. And they sure as hell don’t prefer you!
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Comment: After everything that will happen as a result of the first eight demands, there will be nothing here to come to! No jobs, no power, just a bunch of useful idiots pulling plows. (I assume they will have to pull the plows themselves, as the animal rights folks will likely ban “animal slavery.”)
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.
Comment: On the surface, I really don’t have a problem with this. In all actuality, these folks really show their naivete here. It would be the left that wouldn’t want this-too much of a chance of exposing the voter fraud.
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.
Comment: OK, let’s pretend for a moment that the financial system even survived this. Would anyone ever get credit again? No bank would extend it-why take the risk of being totally ripped off again? Then again, there wouldn’t be anything to buy or sell anyway. Simply put, it strikes me that some college kids don’t want to repay their student loans.
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Comment: Deadbeats want to hide their tracks? Then again, after number eleven, there would be no credit anyway, or an economy, so this is rather redundant. And, what would we do without all of those snappy freecreditreport.com commercials?
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.
Comment: In other words, unions goons can beat you down at any time. Want them to stop? Sign the freaking card! Then again, there will be no jobs to unionize after the first twelve demands, so this too is rather redundant. Unless that us, the useful idiots pulling plows want a union. I hope the thugs swing for the fences!
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
Comment: Yeah, this isn’t a demand, but it’s so asinine, I couldn’t let it go. First off, there will be no jobs…period. I can only foresee that the useful idiots pulling plows will quickly realize that living in a primitive, agrarian society is REALLY hard work, and will seek to import cheap labor to do it for them. After all, in the liberal zone, sacrifices and sanctions are only for the rest of us, not the lefties. All I know is that they damn well better pay the immigrants $20 an hour. That will be hard, considering that there will no longer be a fiscal system.
But, these kids aren’t living in reality anyway. Sadly, they want us all to live in the fubar’d fantasy world.