Maybe you’ve already seen them, maybe you haven’t, but here is the proposed list of demands by the “Occupy Wall Street” protestors….with my added comments (blue).
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. OK, so they want to end “freetrade” (of which they would have difficulty defining its elements), start a possible trade war (which would also limit exports from the U.S.), and then more than double minimum wage. I guess it didn’t enter their minds that by doubling minimum wage it will…well… more than double what employers have to pay out for employees! And, this would be when that same employer’s exports slow down. They may want to think on this economic plan a little longer.
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. I sure am glad the government wouldn’t ever prevent money from getting to doctors, nurses, and hospitals…oh wait…I forgot that medicare and medicaid are a couple of the main culprits in driving up medical costs…and Obamacare is creating a huge bureaucracy, with multiple levels of new agencies, and regulations galore (by the new bureaucracy, not congress).
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. This will be a great motivator for people looking for job…not! Just sit a home and get $20 an hour? Just think, you can sit on the couch, make $3,200 a month, don’t have to worry about fuel cost, and a family of two will make over $80,000 a year. These people are geniuses! And to think that poor business owner who works hard will be going out of business.
Demand four: Free college education. OK, this one has me confused…if the professors are guaranteed at least $20 an hour and college is free, then where does that $20 an hour come from? Oh, that’s right, the Fed will simply print more money. To think of the current high number of young adults that are not motivated in college when they (or their parents) are paying, that motivation should increase exponentially once they have no skin in the game.
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. I’m guessing that this should be done with no consideration to cost (financial or other).
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now. Once again, they’re probably planning on the Fed just printing more money (although some protestors are calling for eliminating the Fed…is this a conflict of interest?) In a perfect world the money would just appear…and unicorns would live among us, pooping purple butterflies.
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. Where are those unicorns?
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment. Oops, I guess they forgot about the 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Not to mention Title VII of the Civil Right Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act (not amendments, but laws non-the-less).
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live. This should help our country out of its debt! Just imagine, trade wars, $20 an hour just for breathing, free college, trillions of dollars in new projects, and unicorns pooping purple butterflies!
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. This way the country that set the standard for elections around the world can be evaluated by some of the great dictatorial countries of our day. Nothing says freedom like Iran, China, and Cuba! Although, I do have to agree with the paper ballots.
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. Yet another great idea! All debt is forgiven, all banks fail (and all their jobs lost), all jobs that chase down debt are lost, and countries lose money they used to help other countries. I guess the real winners here are the undisciplined who racked up a crud load of debt. Better start charging things before this law takes effect!
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies. This is soooo overdue. I mean, really, why would anyone want to know if someone else is trustworthy before loaning them something. Of course, all debt will be forgiven…so who cares!
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. Why in tar-nation would you need a union?! What will your grievances be? “While sitting in my chair and watching T.V., earning my $20 (maybe I should have checked into that free college thing), my wife spilled the popcorn on my lap!?” Hell, you already have free healthcare! Maybe its the hours.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy. Is this one even worth responding to? Maybe the unicorn will poop purple jobs too.
I reviewed these “demands” with my children and they said it sounded like something a three year old would put together; as “at that age they believe the whole world revolves around them.” The sad, and scary, thing is what this says about the present state of our country. This is a direct reflection upon our educational establishments, today’s family’s values, and the grave ignorance of economic and historical fact. Just imagine how well they’ll be taught in a free college.
It’s also interesting to note that most of these protesters of Wall Street are avid supporters of President Obama, who just happens to have received more contributions from Wall Street during his run for President than any other politician. Have you read that on MSNBC?