The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread out through the country. Small groups of anarchists have set up shop, probably not looking for their next shower, certainly not looking for a job and probably already have their next dime bag of marijuana with them.
In New York, protestors marched with a photoshopped image of what was the decapitated head of the chairman of Goldman Sachs. Two hundred years ago, real mobs separated real heads from real bodies, planted them on pikes and paraded them through the streets of Paris. Today’s mobs, for the moment anyway, just use photoshop.
In Chicago, which has been occupied territory for the last 60 years or so, the Occupy Chicago group has posted its “demands.”
From the Wall Street Journal:
The local spin-off of the Occupy Wall Street protests born in Manhattan released 12 proposed demands during the weekend, some of the first specifics to emerge from collection of groups that have sprung up in recent weeks across the U.S.
Occupy Chicago, an independent group inspired by the New York protests, which take aim at corporations and the wealthy, appear to be the first in the movement to adopt official demands: Repeal the Bush tax cuts and prosecute "Wall Street criminals." At an open meeting Saturday in downtown Chicago, nine-tenths of the nearly 300 present voted to adopt those demands.
This week, the group plans to vote on other proposed demands, which include giving the Securities and Exchange Commission more regulatory power, forgiving student debt, reforming campaign-finance law and enacting the so-called Buffett Rule, a White House proposal to prevent millionaires from paying lower tax rates than middle-class Americans.
Occupy Wall Street has taken flak for not announcing specific demands in a protest that has engulfed sections of lower Manhattan and is now entering its fourth week. Bill Dobbs, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press committee, said he doesn't know of plans to adopt specific demands.
"I mean, I've got my own set of demands," he said. But "all our energy is going to ringing the alarm bells about economic conditions in this country."
Like most of the other mobs, this one is clueless too. The State of Illinois in the last year pretty much followed what they wanted, at least as far as tax policy is concerned. Illinois raised taxes by 67%.
Capital, jobs and people are fleeing Illinois.
Many of those people and jobs are going to Wisconsin, where the GOP legislature and Governor have been cutting spending, taxes and making Wisconsin much more business friendly.
Funny, the same thing happened in Maryland, where there were tax hikes. Virginia is reaping the rewards of Maryland’s folly.
Wisconsin and Virginia are doing well, despite the Obama economy while liberal Illinois and Maryland are doing the slow circle around the toilet bowl.
These anarchists simply want socialism. While facts and history are something they do not seem to have a grasp on, perhaps people should remind them that what they want has been tried in the past.
The end result has always been poverty, tyranny and frequently mass murder.
Personally, I still choose liberty.
The "army" of the Community Agitator!
The Great Unwashed united behind the Great Fraud!
The Lost in support of the Liar!
One day, these young students will grow up and wonder.... WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?
A totalitarian statist system of government is the essential hand-maiden that socialism must have if socialism is to be established in a nation. Even then, socialism will and must fail because to perservere a socialistic system requires that either the nation's economy or the nation's governments or both be able to operate at or above 100% efficiency.
Yes, socialism always fails. It is the most fundamental laws of nature, the laws of physics, that provide the best explanation for why socialism is an unworkable concept for human beings who live on planet Earth.....Or any place else in the only Universe that we have available.
Constructive free-market capitalism provides the essential sturdy foundation upon which the American Dream can be built. The fantasy of socialism provides an illusory quicksand pit that will result in the American Nightmare.
Simply, when an amount of money goes to a government regardless of by what method and then comes back regardless of for what purpose then the amount going to the government must be greater than the amount that can come back. The amount of cost coming from governments in exchange for taxes and fees paid will always be greater than the amount of cost that goes to governments in exchange for government services that are provided using some part of the money that is being collected in taxes and fees.
In tangible terms, the tangible cost of a government will and must be greater than the tangible worth that the government can provide in exchange for the cost.
There's a lot more, none of it good, but I'll stop now. Hmmm.....One or twomore. I think I may be on a roll. Money doesn't HAVE purchasing power; A nation's money REPRESENTS whatever purchasing power that is being produced by the nation's economic material worth producing private sector economy. Prosperity is the result of continuous, on-going processes that are producing things that are of material worth to other people. If money is the only thing that is being produced by a nation and a nation's people are not producing goods and services that are of material worth to others then eventually the nation's money will and must reflect the reality that the nation is a materially destitute nation.
Can you think of any real reason why the people who live in a so-called post-industrial nation should enjoy any greater level of prosperity than do the people who live in a pre-industrial nation? I can't.