Occupy’s List of Demands
I figured that since the American public is pretty much clueless as to what the Occupiers are petitioning their government for, I would post their demands for your perusal and add my own comments.
Now, I have to tell you all that I really, really, really, tried as hard as I could to find something, anything to agree with the Occupiers on, but there isn’t one damn line item I could wholeheartedly support:
1. Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately.
That’s just wonderful; give more money to the communist morons who helped put us in this financial mess to begin with. And, what if I don’t want to shell out my hard earned money to a union?. Are you saying that I don’t have a right to opt out? How “Progressive” of you.
2. Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality.
$18/hr? Are you crazy? I’ve had some great jobs that supported me just fine at wages well below that—in California, even!
Heck, the average worker in America makes $19.81/hr.
This is just another Communist attempt to level the playing field. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (which I am) to figure out that the employers will just increase the price of their widgets in order to balance the books. Prices go up, inflation runs rampant.
Also, a cap of $90/hr is ridiculous; just about everyone who makes anything near that is SALARIED! Ergo, the cap is meaningless.
But, let’s ignore that for the moment and say that there’s a cap of $90/hr. What if I am a better worker than my coworker who is paid the same amount as I am? Why should I be punished for being a better worker? Is that fair? What motivation, beyond my own sense of pride and self-worth, would I have to continue working so hard?
3. Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation.
6 x 5 = 30. That’s ten hours less money than I had before. Yeah, way to go; not only will inflation go up because of the $18/hr minimum wage, you’ll have less money at the end of the week to pay for it. Brilliant! But hey, you’ll have more time off to enjoy your pay-cut—just don’t even think about going to Disneyland with your family.
4. Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately.
Oh, that’s just great: A business which is hemorrhaging money can’t lay off a few workers in order to keep all the other workers from losing their jobs once the company finally buckles from under the weight of having to keep said few workers. Yeah, that’s freakin’ brilliant…
5. Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws.
Uh, yeah… So that we can kill more trees (tree-huggers, where are you? ) to print up voting instructions in all languages. And, we can have even more confusing traffic signs that look like a freakin’ Rosetta Stone:
6. Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents of the US.
Uh, yeah. That’s about as ignorant a statement as I’ve ever seen: Isn’t the “border” ALREADY open for LEGAL immigrants? So, why would LEGAL immigrants need, or even want, amnesty? Some days, the sciolism of the Left is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
But, be that as it may, do I even need to point out that amnesty rewards criminals who obviously don’t even respect our laws to begin with?
7. Create a single-payer, universal health care system.
Yeah, because the government doesn’t already do a crappy enough job of balancing the budget without having to throw a communist healthcare plan into the mix.
8. Pass stricter campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers.
Better not let the king of private donations (Obama) know about that one! Furthermore, as a taxpayer, why should I be on the hook for a candidate that I don’t support?
9. Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%.
Yeah, that’ll be just swell;
First of all, what exactly is your definition of “rich?” Isn’t “rich” a subjective term and a bit nebulous depending on who you talk to?
Secondly, all the “rich” folks who would be forced to pay employees a minimum wage of $18/hr will also have to shell out 90 percent of their income. I’m betting that if they have to decide between a house and a bunch of ungrateful, whiny, money grubbing, inexperienced employees, the house is winning out every time.
Good luck finding a job, 99’ers.
10. Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws.
It’s hard to imagine them getting any stricter without publicly executing offenders…
11. Allow workers to elect their supervisors.
Yeah, make it a personality contest—you know, like the student leaders we elected in high school—because, doncha’ know, a supervisor should be there because you like him, not because he/she is the most qualified to do the job. Maybe we could get Simon Cowell to host the event…
12. Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits.
Because, Social Security isn’t broken enough as it is, I guess.
13. Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich.
Let’s see now… You want a 90 percent tax for the rich, and on top of that, you want an additional 5 percent tax on the “very” rich. By my calculations, that’s a 95 percent tax on the “very” rich.
First of all, who gets to decide the definition of “very rich?” Isn’t that even a bit more nebulous than “rich?”
Secondly, if 95 percent of my income were being taxed, I’d pack my bags and move to another country (changing my citizenship as well).
So, what are you going to do when all the billionaires shut down their companies here in the U.S. and move to another country? You can’t tax ’em and you certainly can’t use anymore of their money to support your out-of-control welfare/crack habit.
Just brilliant, you moronic leeches. Even a dog knows not to bite the hand that feeds him.
14. Ban the private ownership of land.
Straight out of the communist manifesto. In fact, this is the number one item on Karl Marx’s list of “The Ten Planks!”
Need I say more?
15. Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda.
Which brings up an interesting question: What exactly is a “religious fanatic?” After all, to an atheist, even a tepid belief in God is considered to be religious fanaticism. But, I digress. The “religious fanatics” argument is just a red herring.
The crux of the matter really is, which form of education would benefit a child more? Public education or homeschooling?
Never mind that structured, homeschooled children consistently score much higher than their publicly educated counterparts in ALL aspects—to the point of embarrassment, really.
Never mind that homeschooled children excel in colleges and universities compared to publicly educated children.
Never mind that most homeschooled children have better cognitive skills than publicly educated children (1997 Galloway/Sutton study). That means, homeschooled children can grasp foreign ideas and concepts; then, form more rational conclusions than can their counterparts in public education. Kind of negates the belief by Occupiers that homeschooled children will somehow be permanently scarred by religious “propaganda” from their parents, don’t you think?
No, we need to dumb down ALL kids equally just because the Occupy morons hate God more than they love children and want ALL children to be a bunch of mindless zombies.
16. Reduce the age of majority to 16.
Just what we need: Even more uninformed voters!
Also, there’s a hidden agenda here which is a lowering of the age of consent. Sure, the proponents of the “age of majority” movement would have you believe that their movement will not lower the age of consent, but, given that a 16-year-old would be considered an adult in the eyes of the law if this were to be enacted, the age of consent would concomitantly be lowered.
17. Abolish the death penalty and life in prison. We call for the immediate release of all death row inmates from death row and transferred to regular prisons.
Abolishing the death penalty has been tried before in America. It failed miserably. But, hey, I don’t have any strong objections with abolishing the death penalty as long as life in prison actually means LIFE IN PRISON!
Notice that the Occupiers want to abolish the sentence of life in prison! Oh, gee! That’ll be swell! Release unrepentant mass murderers back into the general population. What could possibly go wrong?
Yup, you just know that the idiots who voted on that idiotic line item will be kicking themselves in the rear the moment a pedophile is released back into their neighborhood and starts raping and killing their children.
18. Release all political prisoners immediately.
Political prisoners? Really?
Does that mean any border agents who are sitting in jail right now for doing their jobs? No?
Oh, you mean the TERRORISTS at Guantanamo Bay!
Well then, why didn’t you just say so in the first place? Oh, that’s right: Mustn’t let anyone know that you love terrorists more than your soon-to-be murdered family and friends.
19. Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to Obama, it’s already done. Get over it.
20. Abolish the debt limit.
Yeah, because the government is going to need unlimited dollars just to support your lazy @ss!
Get real! America is in this financial hole in large part because of reckless spending by our government. What makes you think abolishing the debt limit will somehow suddenly transform them into fiscal conservatives?
21. Ban private gun ownership.
To quote Moses, err, Charlton Heston: From my cold, dead hands!
Besides, what makes you think law enforcement is more responsible than private citizens when it comes to guns?
According to Dr. Kleck, the police have a 1200 times higher accidental shooting rate than the gun-owning population in general. Furthermore, a study in Newsweek found that you are 5 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a police officer than you are by an armed citizen. Just a guess, but that’s probably because a private gun owner knows exactly which person is an intruder in his/her house; law enforcement doesn’t.
And, here you want to take away guns from the general population and hand them over to proven irresponsible gun handlers? Hey, I thought you guys didn’t like the police? Silly me.
22. Strengthen the separation of church and state.
Because that’s in the Constitution, right? Well, the way you Occupy guys scream and whine about your precious 1st Amendment rights being eroded, I would have thought you would have noticed that it isn’t part of the 1st Amendment. In fact, I don’t see it anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.
But…I do see it as part of the KKK’s pledge of allegiance:
“I swear that I will most zealously and valiantly shield and preserve, by any and all justifiable means and methods, the sacred Constitutional rights and privileges of . . .”
1 Free public schools.
2 Free speech and free press.
3 Separation of church and state.
Hey! Isn’t that interesting? Many of the main points you Occupiers hold near and dear can be traced back to the KKK! No wonder the KKK loves you guys!
23. Immediate debt forgiveness for all.
No one put a gun to your head and made you take out a loan. You made the debt, you pay the debt. That’s something adults call, “being responsible.” Grow up and get over it.
24. End the ‘War on Drugs’.
You know, if you Occupiers would have said, “legalize marijuana,” I might have somewhat reluctantly agreed with you, but I would have added, “and remove all Progressive smoking prohibitions.” But, that’s not what you said, now is it?
The simple fact of the matter is that drug users are more likely to commit crimes than nonusers. I would much rather a crack head be jailed immediately for possession of drugs than for me to have to shoot and kill him for breaking into my house just to steal my flat screen for a couple of rocks.
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