I am amazed by the short sightedness and stupidity of people that protest. They forget how the conveniences of life are delivered to them. They think they are entitled to such amenities.
Well, someone has to give them an ounce of truth. I'll take that one! Here is my response to the "demands" of the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.- So you haven't paid your mortgage in months, huh? There is a good chance that they do know where your original mortgage is. So they should foreclose because you are a deadbeat. Face it, banks own your property now so get on with your life and regroup like your family has done before. You are part of the problem, not the solution.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.- The banks that survived paid the bailouts back with extra interest payments. Hell, the current administration kept changing the rules to punish them more, even the banks that didn't want to take TARP money but were forced to. They don't owe the taxpayer any more. Well, they not including Maxine Waters' husband. In fact, you should be thanking some of the big banks that use the TARP money to buy out weak banks. They saved jobs for tens of thousands. So stop crying because made money they were forced to take. You should learn that bankers are smarter than politicians.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. Unions perpetuate inequality and discrimate based on age and skin color too. Hell, they worked hard to prevent the black man from becoming a part of the union. You blaming them? And get your facts straight. The company I work for stresses diversity. Openly gay people work here. Gender identity? Really?
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. Stop buying happy meals and start your own friggin' garden already.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices. Mmm... thank you Perdue for those juicy chickens last night. And exactly what the hell is a non-human animal? Stop trying to be so fancy in your declaration writing.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions. Funny, I work in a nice safe place. Security guards on the premises ensure it stays that way. So does OSHA. So does every company that looks to stay in business and not face lawsuits that make them go bankrupt. If you want better pay, go work for someone else. Or change your vocation. Happens all the time in the real world.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right. Sure its a human right. No one stopping you from walking to the library and reading some encyclopedias and books, is there? I guess someone forced you to attend that institution of higher learning. And some where along the line they sprung it on you that there is a fee for such services. Those lying bastards!!! Actually, I wonder how you got into college to begin with.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcin outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay. So in this declaration asking for equality you are saying people in other countries aren't as equal as you? Got it. Consistently? Hardly. The choice is simple. You either have a job or you don't. When you keep demanding more and more from an employer who simply cannot pay it, you have put yourself out of a job. Stop blaming someone else.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility. You know what, I am going to give you this one! But remember one thing... there are many liberal politicians that have done the same thing. Go speak with Charlie Rangel about obeying the law and tell him to pay his taxes.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance. What the hell are you talking about?
They have sold our privacy as a commodity. Kinda like what Julian Assange is doing, huh? I hope you stop him next. Besides, when you give up your information to someone, haven't you sold your right away? You signed that agreement that allowed them to do it.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. I think the press has done that themselves. Last I saw, neither the army nor any cops were working at the local paper.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. Yeah, right. I see recalls on items all the time. You want to broadbrush corporate America. Profitable companies recall items quickly because they know if they don't, they lose future customers. I thought you would have learned this in that college that deceptively charged you to attend. Oh wait, you were smart enough to make it in the Business School.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. Actually, that would be the President and his administration. I agree with you thought. Obama's policies are a catastrophic failure and hasn't produced anything.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them. You do know that the CEO of Goldman Sachs raised a lot of money for Obama and speaks with him all the time. You aren't making your president very happy. Oh yeah, Obama also appointed Mary Schapiro to head the SEC. This after she failed to catch Bernie Madoff in a case that many said should have been easy to detect.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. Are you familiar with the protests trying to block that pipeline? Hear of shale and the gas that can be unlocked? Hear of Solyndra? Maybe if these alternate forms of energy were practical and not expensive, a private company would be all over the distribution of the product and be making money off of it. Oh damn, I said that bad word. Profit.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit. Do you have a clue how much money is invested in developing drugs that are effective? Maybe if you rode your rainbow money pooping unicorn all around Wall Street the cash for the drugs would fall out.
Bottom line is simple for everyone that is protesting basically nothing. Stop using your credit cards. Stop using debit cards. Stop applying for student loans, car loans, personal loans, home equity loans, and mortgages. What you want is a cash society. Nothing is stopping you from choosing that path. Start saving that money for when you walk into the car dealership to buy your next vehicle. In 5 years. Start planning your train trip because airlines won't take cash. Hell, Joe Biden will thank you for using Amtrak. Clear up your bar tabs too. Man it is going to be rought getting your bottle service next time. When your taxes go up because your city/town/village can't sell municpal bonds because Wall Street has been shut down, be thankful if a copy shows up because, well, he isn't getting paid. Hope your house doesn't burn down. Get ready to teach your own kids, and hope a water main doesn't break.
And when your parents complain about how their investments went into the toilet, think about the time you spent in New York and why you are still living with them in their basement.
And get that garden started. You may need that for bartering.