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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

DEMANDING IDIOCY

"I'm here to see Radiohead, but I really like the cause."

Wall Street Loser
Van Jones' idea of an anti-Tea Party is sitting around on Wall Street right now. They aren't actually accomplishing anything positive, they're just taking up space, littering, and stinking up the street because they won't leave to bathe. These guys are trying to find people who'll do their laundry so they can just stay there. Their signs range from the bizarre to the incredibly obscene, and they had no real coherent goals.

Recently someone put out a proposed list of "demands" for the "occupied" Wall Street, days after it started. I guess they saw the news reports that made them look childish and idiotic:
It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It's unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.

"When all the bailout money was spent on bonuses and stuff everyone was outraged, but no one did anything because no one feels like they can," protester Jesse Wilson, 22, said this week when asked to take articulate the cause. "It's time for us to come together to realize we are the masses, and we can make things happen."

But he couldn't say what, exactly, he wanted to happen. Handmade signs carried by some of the demonstrators — "Less is More" and "Capitalism is evil" — hardly make it clearer.
They are learning, though: they're not using carefully printed up signs by International A.N.S.W.E.R. The problem is, without that leading hand from their commissars, they don't really know what they're doing. They are rebels without a cause, or clue.

So days later now, a list has been posted on the internet at the official Occupy Wall Street website. And its a doozy. You can read the full list, but here's a couple of samples:
  • A minimum "living wage" of twenty dollars an hour
  • Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment
  • Eliminate free trade for "fair trade"
  • Free college education.
  • Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end
  • Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all
  • Outlaw all credit reporting agencies
  • Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market
Oh, and they want an immediate two trillion dollars in spending. That's double the "stimulus" package. What for? Well the first one isn't so loony: infrastructure like bridges, the power grid, and so on. That actually does really need to be done, but since the "stimulus" package blew any money we might have been able to spend on that building dog walks and funding Solyndra, too bad. The other trillion? "ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants."

So they want alternative energy, an end to fossil fuels, but all nuclear power plants shut down. Gee, France likes them, why not you? Oh and see that part that says "natural flow of river systems?" That's "destroy all hydroelectric dams."

Let me summarize this list: raise the minimum wage to 20 dollars even when people aren't working, destroy all energy production except for the kind that can't hope to sustain our civilization, eliminate the ability of businesses to know credit risk, give people more free stuff, and spend two trillion more dollars we don't have.

Basically this is a moron's leftist wish list, the kind of stuff you hear college students and Phish fans sitting around in a fair trade coffee shop discussing as they text on their I-Phones, cursing corporations. Its the kind of thing only someone either really stupid, really stoned, or really young could envision. And here's what they think will happen:
"These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy."
Now, you know this was tacked on by advise from Van Jones and company to make sure that jobs were supposedly the focus. There are no jobs in what these guys propose, except some temporary ones involving planting trees and building bridges. The rest would obliterate the economy.

Its sort of cute watching them flail around like this, and the secret behind it all they don't say openly is demand number fourteen not on the page: reelect Obama.

Yet the coverage of these guys is very carefully supportive and admiring. Headlines and TV screen crawls are about how they won't back down and how they're fighting for justice. Compare that to Tea Party folks who showed up in lawn chairs, quietly held up signs and talked, dressed up as colonial types and cleaned up their mess. Those folks were dangerous, radical, racist, extremist, old, and crazy.

This is their kind of protest: as hard left as possible, with mangy people leaving trash everywhere, clashing with cops, interfering with people's lives, and demanding outrageous nonsense while changing and singing.

Is it something America likes? Lets put it this way: the Tea Party Movement showed up out of nowhere after an angry economic analyst called for something to be done on television, spontaneously and independently arising, filled with regular folks across the whole nation in thousands of locations.

These guys can barely pull a couple hundred in New York City, and then only when one of them leaks a rumor that Radiohead will perform. And they're only there because it was carefully crafted by several leftist organizations. Do you really think these guys can stay for days at a time in one of the most expensive places on earth on their savings? Sure a lot of them are trust fund babies, but not all of them.

Count on it, the SEIU and other organizations are funding this and providing food and support. There's a reason Tea Party rallies were brief and to the point: we have lives, families and jobs, and the Koch Brothers aren't funding anyone.

*UPDATE: Incidentally, this is what faux anarchism looks like; its not anarchy at all they want, its just hard left socialism with free things for them.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that's all I can say. I couldn't have come up with a manifesto this stoopid when I was taking pcp on a regular basis! Wow.

8:33 PM, October 04, 2011  
Blogger Fat Man said...

We were down there last Friday. The "protestors" were very few in number. It was hard to see them for the crowd, which was office workers eating lunch and tourists who want to see ground zero.

I assume that MSM is pushing this "protest" as an agenda item on orders of Plouffe and Axelrod. Why they want to is beyond me, as it elected Nixon in 1968.

BTW, if you want to see G0, you need to get a ticket online before you go there, otherwise you are wasting a morning to see very little, as we did.

9:22 AM, October 05, 2011  
Anonymous Tyranno said...

Little bho is toast in 2012. I can see November from my front porch!

7:08 PM, October 06, 2011  

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