With the Occupy Wall Street movement gaining steam, we began to wonder, what do these protesters really want?
Here is a list of the demands from their website:
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. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
(There has never been a Federal living wage in the USA. You can not restore something that never existed. If you want a living wage, move to San Francisco; just hurry up before the state of California goes bankrupt!)
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
(Great, so we can have something like the Canadian System, which was deemed to be a crime against humanity because too many people were dying while waiting to be helped, or to the UK where if you have a terminal illness your healthcare will be rationed and you have to go to a private hospital or die. We could be like Italy, where it takes 6-12 months to get an MRI just to discover your cancer. Yes, all of these single payer systems work great.
Now, how do we pay for this? The, “healthcare tax”, taken from your living wage of course.)
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
(So, anybody that doesn’t work will be getting paid 20 bucks an hour… for not working? Oh, and please tell me who is going to pay for all of the non-worker’s wages. Would you like to pay for it?)
Demand four: Free college education.
(So everyone demands the greatest and most expensive education out there, and the cost of going to school becomes $56,000.00 a year [Ivy League prices], how is the country going to pay for it? What is it going to be, the “college tax?” How much of your living wage will be consumed by taxes?)
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.
(” In 2010, less than 1% of the Nation’s electricity was from solar power…” “... wind power remains a small fraction of U.S. electricity generation, about 1%.” “…[Geothermal power] generated less than 1% of the electricity in the Country in 2010.” (source). So basically, we are going to rely on green energy, which currently produces >3% of our country’s energy per year? How are we going to replace all fossil fuel vehicles? What, electric cars that have to be charged? Coal generates 45% of the country’s electricity. We would be trading gasoline and diesel vehicles for coal-powered vehicles. That is so green.)
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
(Okay cool, so we will escalate the US debt from 14.6 trillion to 15.6 trillion dollars. But I guess that won’t matter, if we are pardoning all debt on the planet ever. What will you tell all of the people who provide the materials for your infrastructure projects when they’re told they aren’t getting paid? So, you’d rather have concrete, lumber, etc companies go out of business as a result. I guess that won’t matter either, because everyone will be making $20 an hour regardless of if they are working or not. Great idea </sarcasm.>
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.
(Nuclear energy makes up 20% of all of America’s electric energy for a year. (source) We don’t currently have the technology to replace that much energy production with wind, solar, and geothermal energies. [“Green” energy.] Therefore, we will have to burn more coal and natural gas to offset this energy gap. Or else, there will be rolling blackouts and energy rations.)
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.’
(Please refer to the 13th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the Constitution. Then you can get back to me on this.)
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
(National sovereignty? Citizenship? Who cares! </sarcasm>. How many Americans are going to go to Mexico for work, where the drug war has killed 35,000+ people to date?)
Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.”
(Really? Where do I start with this one. This one speaks for its own stupidity.)
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
(So… we should have no way to judge who is credit-worthy or not. So credit for everyone, regardless of anything! What could possibly go wrong?)
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yea or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
(There is clearly no way that tons of fraud would come of this. </sarcasm>)
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
(These demands will destroy so many jobs that we will need the Mexican government to change its immigration laws and policies so that all the Americans fleeing South don’t rot in Mexican jails.)