Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"We Are the 99 Percent!" No, You're a Radical Fringe, Sorry

Below are some of my favorite demands from the Occupation Army that has descended on Wall St and city parks around the country.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

This is a GREAT idea.  Why should anyone work when the government will guarantee you a living wage.  I'm ready to turn in my resignation now.  No, best not do that yet. 

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.

Oh boy.  How about instead we encourage alternative energy makers to innovate, adapt, or die.  We do this by cutting off government subsidies for energy, period.  If they want to compete, they have to work to drive down costs.  At present, they have no incentive to do this because the government is funding the deficiencies in their business model.

I'm lumping these next 2 together....

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

Here's something I agree with, and I know how we can pay for it.  We'll just have the fed print the money and use that to purchase these upgrades.  At the same time they can print all the money necessary to pay off America's debt.  Of course, this will only have enough buying power to fix one or two pot holes on the infrastructure side and plant 6 pine treets on the environmental restoration side, but let's go for it!  It'll be the death of the fiat dollar and I'm down with that.

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

Might as well say end the sovereignty of your nation.  I like how this one plays out with this one:

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.

Open borders, except if you're selling something!!!!  You can live anywhere, but don't you dare be productive about it!

Not to be outdone, other factions have sprung up demanding that their demands be met.  These lists contain some actual nuggets of genuine thought and amazingly, one thing that I can agree with, repealing the "Patriot" Act. 

For a good time, I highly recommend stopping by their website.  Leave a sensible comment and watch the lunatic fringe lose it's cool. 

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