The Occupy Wall Street crowd is not what it seems or what the media has tried to cast it as. The attempt to create a parallel between this motley crew and the Tea Party is absurd. The Tea Party is truly a grass roots movement and its members have been incited by love of country and our way of life. They view the course the country is on as a dangerous one and a threat to the future of their children and the hope that America offers to the world. It’s members consist of people who have jobs, values and a stake in America. They have a basic understanding of economics and reality. They know money has to come from somewhere. And, that somewhere is not the government. They know no organization can live beyond its means over the long run. It consists of people who have something to lose, who have followed the rules, worked hard, saved and invested in themselves and the American way of life. They are people who believe in freedom, limited government and personal responsibility. I think they represent the best of American values and have been mobilized because of the grave threat that the course that Washington is on is to our way of life. They did not think that America needed to head on a course of Hope and Change. America, to them, represented a place of Hope and the opportunity to Change the course of one’s life through one’s own effort.
Let’s compare this to the Occupy wall street crowd.
Do they have jobs? No. Do they love America? No. To them America and the Taliban are moral equivalents. Do they have a stake in America? No. So far they have been consumers of wealth and not creators of wealth or anything of value. Do they understand economics? No. If they did they would know where their i-pods and i-pads and i-phones come from. And, how they came to exist. Do they have a grasp on reality? No. If they did they would not be chanting “What do we want? Revolution! When do we want it? We want it NOW!.” Revolutions are chaotic and bloody. And what are the results? These days? If the people are lucky, the result is Cuba. The workers’ paradise. If the people are not so lucky,it is The Congo, Sudan or Zimbabwe genocide and starvation. Do they know where money comes from? No. If they did, they would know that the rich already pay more than their fair share. The top 5 percent of earners pay 45% of the taxes. Do they follow the rules? What rules? Do they work hard? What work? They have the time to demonstrate day and night. Have they saved? No. The rich guys on Wall Street should save them! Have they invested in improving themselves? Yes! They have taken many courses in Womens’ Studies, Black Studies, Basket Weaving Studies, Environmental Studies, The Positive Effects of Pornography on American Life Studies. These are the people who will bring America to new heights in the coming century? And, what do they get in return for all their hard work? Nothing. They can’t even find a job where they would have the opportunity to utilize all that they have learned. Instead, they are faced with a huge student loan. Loans which they think the Tea Party members should pay for.
Do they believe in Freedom, Limited Government and Personal Responsibility? Yes, no and no.
Freedom to defecate and urinate and have sex in public. Yes! Limited Government? No. Government is not the problem, government is the solution. Personal responsibility? No. It is someone else’s fault that they are in whatever condition they are in. And someone else has to straighten things out.
Finally, let’s look at the motivations of each group. The Tea Party wants to restore America to its place in the world where it once was, a beacon of hope and opportunity. This is based on love of country and humanity. The Occupy Wall Street gang’s motivation is envy. Others have more than they do
and they want it. Envy, I would like to remind you, is a Cardinal sin. If sin is even in their vocabulary.
The Wall Street gang and the Tea Party Parallel? Don’t Even.
Noun: A system of government of the minority, all
decisions are made by the mob.
Da Mob: Ebonics for ‘the mob”, cracy: Greek origin: kratos “rule, strength” (see -cracy).
For years I’ve corrected people who identified America as being a democracy by telling them America was more correctly described as being a democratic republic. I would then watch their eyes glaze over as the look of who is this ‘smarty pants’ to correct me. I don’t think that any one person ever asked me to explain the difference.
Well that’s now gone by the wayside. We are no longer a ‘democracy’, nor are we a ‘democratic republic’. Judging from the dregs of humanity in Wall Street, America is slowly but most assuredly sliding towards being a ‘damobcracy’. The mob now in New York along with their union allies have taken their lesson not from the “Arab Spring” as they would like to have you believe but rather are mimicking the mob that descended on the legislature in Wisconsin, drawing its lineage directly from the mob that stormed the Bastille. It is beyond their intelligence or inquiring minds that the Arab Spring in the Middle East was most likely begun by groups in the Middle East that want their country to be MORE LIKE the United States! Meanwhile the rabble and great unwashed in Wall Street are being ginned up by the remnants of the 60’s and 70’s left wing radicals that could not find a way to land a job in Obama’s administration. They use Saul Alinsky tactics to attract the young who have not had time nor the curiosity to develop a political philosophy because it is so much easier to memorize 6 or 7 bumper stickers they’ve read on old Volvo’s and VW busses and repeat alto voce over and over again always synching to the rhythm of some old leftist rhyme line like “Ho Ho Ha Ha, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?”
Ann Coulter’s book correctly describes the characteristics of the mob as enumerated by Gustave Lebon in his book The Crowd. Le Bon correctly listed all of the characteristics of a mob and in general their willingness to sublimate their individuality to the amorphous target of the moment that the mob is attacking.
“Le Bon was one of the great popularizers of theories of the unconscious at a critical time during the formation of new theories of social action.We see, then, that the disappearance of the conscious personality, the predominance of the unconscious personality, the turning by means of suggestion and contagion of feelings and ideas in an identical direction, the tendency to immediately transform the suggested ideas into acts; these, we see, are the principal characteristics of the individual forming part of a crowd. He is no longer himself has become an automaton who has ceased to be guided by his will.”
This is why we see so many young people in Wall Street. They are for the most part losers. Were they not, they’d be gainfully employed paying taxes to support the deserving element in the United States that truly by circumstance or accident cannot support themselves. Instead these rabble rousers come out of their parent’s basements sporting a pube like wispy haired beard, (and that’s not only the men,) sporting 60’s long hair, dirty clothes, tattoos, nose, nipple and eyebrow ring piercings. They dress up and use makeup to re-enact past Halloweens in their sheltered lives when their parents would take them door to door to beg for candy. Hmmm, sounds like Halloween is a liberal’s training ground for relying on the givers to support the takers.
Every interview I’ve seen or heard in the last 18 days with random mob-sters has shown that logical thought, cohesive and intelligent expression is foreign to them. If asked to describe why they are there and what their goals are, they sputter forth some bumper sticker four word phrase, predominantly including the word “greedy” this or that. If followed up by a second question to elaborate further, they inevitably are incapable of expressing anything more than a simple re-arrangement of the words in their first answer. I have not heard any two people give the same answer. Eight hundred mob-sters, eight hundred different beefs. What a sorry lot! Apparently every person there is there for their own reason.
Instead of Wall Street, they should be protesting in front of Congress which passed the Community Reinvestment Act forcing, yes, forcing banks to give no income verification mortgages at the peril of losing their bank charters or not being allowed to expand by opening new branches. How about protesting in front of Congressman Barney Frank and Chris Dodd’s house who both championed this bill up to the point that the bill singlehandely almost took down the entire U. S. financial system? Why are they not protesting in front of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the GSE’s that guaranteed the mortgages that anyone with a brain knew were all prospective candidates for default? Do you think any one of the geniuses out there protesting know one jot about how this financial balloon was born? Why has not one banker gone to jail? Because they not only followed the law, they were in fact forced to follow the law that created the disaster. Although the media was waiting for a Tea Party mob to act out of the bounds of decency, it never once happened! Meanwhile when the Wall Street mob leaves the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge to block car traffic, the media interviewers report that the mob was ‘tricked’ into leaving the walkway by the NYPD so that they’d have a reason to arrest them. The stupid reporting on the ignorant.
America is in great peril. What you see in Wall Street is our future unless the mob is put down, forcibly as a last resort if needed once their actions cross the line into illegality. Unlike most other countries, we are still a country of laws. This is no time for political correctness.
Ah, the good ole days! Like when something that was supposed to revolutionize the way we live, failed catastrophically. In the good ole days, that pretty much meant the end of that proposed solution IMMEDIATELY. Take for example the disastrous explosion of the Hindenburg that shocked the world and IMMEDIATELY ended the ‘revolution’ of flight by lighter than air transport.
Read this excerpt from Wikipedia and pay special attention to the last sentence…
“The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock. with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board[N 1] (36 passengers, 61 crew), there were 35 fatalities as well as one death among the ground crew.
The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison’s recorded radio eyewitness report from the landing field, which was broadcast the next day. The actual cause of the fire remains unknown, although a variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era.”.
No such rational reaction can happen in this day and age. Take for example the abysmal failure of Solyndra. Here we had a company that was making solar panels which cost $6 to make and which were being sold for $3 a panel.
Guess what? They go bankrupt after burning through $535,000,000.00, one half billion dollars, of tax payer guaranteed loans. Do ‘ya think someone in this green revolution that is saving mankind might think twice about the economic viability of solar panels generating electricity competitively to that which is generated by coal, natural gas, hydropower or maybe even zero emission nuclear power? Nah! The time is now! If not now, when?
I’m taking a wild guess that the venture capitalists, among which the most prominent was a big Obama contributor, who originally bankrolled the company with $500,000,000.00 of their own money got all of their money out before the ‘sudden failure and collapse’. The bankruptcy was predicted by White House officials in January 2011 warning the President that Solyndra would be bankrupt in September 2011. By the way, they filed for bankruptcy on September 6, 2011. Funny how 2+2 always equals 4 or in this case making something for $6 and selling it for $3 equals bankruptcy. But fear not, our fearless clean energy messiah leading the watermelon revolution (green on the outside, red on the inside) will not relent. This failure as all the others he’s orchestrated will be excused away by arguing that the loan just wasn’t big enough. If only they had made the loan to Solyndra for a nice round BILLION dollars everything would have been okeydokey.
Sigh. How I miss the old days.
Obama is on another grand tour to sell his new HALF A TRILLION dollar “jobs” act. By the way, since we’ve become desensatized to the “T” word, that’s 500 BILLION dollars, which is another way of saying 5000 MILLION dollars. The liberal excuse for the complete failure of the last 787 BILLION dollar stimulus package, which was to have created millions of ‘shovel ready’ jobs, as usual, was, “it just wasn’t enough”. If only they had thrown more billions down that black hole dug with the shovels we paid for, it would have been a success! Get it? Just like all of the money we throw at education, billions upon billions, year after year, the result being test scores that consistently drop. One would think that some analytical thinking would lead them to believe that spending less money might have the opposite effect. Spend less, smarter students, less government stimulus, more American jobs. The conservative position is that for every dollar the government sucks out of the economy to ‘target’ winners, infrastructure construction jobs, teachers, police and firemen salaries, benefits and pensions is a dollar that is unavailable for the private sector to create American jobs.
So what does our fearless leader do? He goes from city to city, hectoring his mesmerized followers to buy his phony patent medicine for the economy. Just like the snake oil salesman of the 19th century. He rolls up his sleeves and gets all country like, slurring his diction, adding a touch of the preacher’s southern accent, speaking in the patois of the uneducated country folk he is educating, just like the snake oil salesman he is . The bigger the lies, the more hollow his argument, the less substantive and supportable his claims, the more he lectures on. When, oh when, will his stultifying speechifying end??? Just shut up, go on extended vacations and play golf and enjoy the rest of your disastrous term as President, Go away already! We see you too much and more importantly you have way too much to say for someone with absolutely no experience in running a business let alone the most powerful country in the world. The sooner you are gone the better our chances are of remaining the most economically powerful country in the world!
If only he could learn one simple lesson, less lecturing is good, less spending is better.
If words were bricks he’d have built a highway to the stars. What gall to ask for and to appear before a Joint Session of Congress to give a campaign speech that he hopes will simultaneously save his Presidency, and ensure his re-election by shifting the blame for three years of his inaction, inattention and incompetence to the” recalcitrant’ ‘do nothing’ Republicans, even though he had both houses of Congress in his control for his first two years. If jobs are and we must presume always are so important why did he do NOTHING in those two years? No, rather than lead he simply delegated all of his responsibilities to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, SEIU, Richard Trumka, Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and the collection of fifth columnists with which he has populated the entire bureaucracy of his administration to ramming through Obamacare. With this speech he thinks he will take the moral high ground as a man of the people when in fact he is the source of all of the people’s problems. This will not work, we’re onto him. He just keeps reaching into his bag of discredited Keynesian tricks giving them new names thinking we’re too stupid to see through his games. This won’t be a ‘stimulus’ bill, it will no doubt be called a ‘job bill’. Like his phony hope and change mantra, keep the ‘job’ we can’t afford the ‘bill’.
I suspect his speech, which I refuse to hear, because I’ve heard it all before will no doubt include ‘rebuilding our damaged and failing infrastructure’. More ‘shovel ready’ jobs no doubt. As if you can nowadays push aside a mountain of regulations, whip out the plans to build a bridge, or a superhighway or a high speed rail to traverse America in three hours without having to worry about eminent domain or Heaven forbid, the snail darter. The only way building bridges will create permanent jobs, President Doofus, is if you start a company to build bridges and then find a market to which you can sell them, one after another after another. If there is no such market for his bridge ‘product’ which he could sell at a “profit’, then all he’s doing is taking MONEY OUT OF THE ECONOMY, running it through the bridge building bureaucracy, and taking the remainder and putting it back 3 years later after the plans are approved, the bridge steel and shovels are ordered and delivered and putting the MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY, or at least what little is left of it. If this is not done, he’s simply taking money out of one pocket, temporarily creating construction jobs thereby putting the remainder in another pocket. No new wealth is created. Old wealth is just shuffled around.
What can you expect from a man who never had a real job, never risked his own capital to start a business, never hired and paid an employee with the earnings from that business? No, all his life, he’s been a ward of the state, going from one sinecure to another, protected by a cocoon made up of people who saw in him the vessel which would take them to the promised land of a socialized America. With the complicity of the admittedly left wing media his background and lack of experience went totally unexamined and unexplored. That same media that now no doubt is digging through the backgrounds of every possible Republican hopeful thought that he was above reproach. He became the ultimate example of the Peter Principle, a person who keeps getting promoted until he reaches the ultimate level of his own incompetence. Well he’s done it, he is, no doubt the most incompetent President we’ve ever had. Someone should take out the and revisit the old bumper stickers the lefties were so proud of during Bush’s tenure with one small change, namely, “A village somewhere in Kenya must be missing it’s idiot”.
In his wake he will leave a mountain of unsustainable debt, a much weakened America, weakened morally, weakened in spirit, weakened financially, and weakened militarily.
Easy pickings for America’s enemies.
Here’s a list I’ve complied:
1. The internet
5. Japan’s tsunami
6. Arab Spring
7. Gasoline prices
9. The ‘situation’ in Europe
10. Debt challenges
11. AND NOW THE EARTHQUAKE of August 23, 2011
Yes! Sanity & Prudence. Two words never heard in Washington, DC. Too bad S&P did not use sanity & prudence when they were giving junk bonds Triple A ratings. But it’s never too late to learn your lesson.
As I wrote last week, the profligacy of this administration and this Congress, the President before this one and the Congresses before this one have brought us to the brink of bankruptcy. High flown rhetoric and Super-Committees cutting debt ten years hence can fool the people but they can’t fool the money lenders in the temple of finance.
Like every addict can only stand up and face reality when they can go no lower, this government, the last in a string of addictive spenders has now been given its last ‘fix’. As in real life, those addicts that don’t change, don’t stop, nature cruelly allows to die of an overdose. In this case, S&P is the intervention family leader. They are telling this addicted government that if you continue this we will punish you. You will pay higher interest for your debt because the market demands to be paid for higher risks. Economics 101.
Yet does Obama get the message? Does he sense the anger rolling across the nation as we see our hard earned savings and investments disappear as a result of the stock market’s loss of confidence? Does he care? Or does his Marxist philosophy trump the will of the people?Does he not understand that simply printing fiat currency lessens the value of every other dollar in circulation? Does he think he can inflate the currency to pay off the debt with cheaper money and no one will take notice? Yet he continues prattling on, reading speeches from a teleprompter pushing for more taxes., blaming everyone and every thing around him but himself. Typical addict behavior. Will it never end? Will he never stop and realize his socialist plan for America will not work here. It’s never worked anywhere. If it were to fail, it certainly would fail in America because, thank God, we are not Europe.
Americans are for the most part not soft brained liberals. Although the media is doing its damndest to make us pliant, non –critical thinking robots by constantly repeating demagogic politician’s class warfare statements. Since when is standing for sound financial principles a terrorist act? Since when is cutting off a an addict’s supply of his favorite drug, in this case, more debt, holding a gun to the head of the President. and holding the nation “hostage”. The left thrives on rhetoric and a bumper sticker slogan mentalty. I dare say if Obama could take all the wealth accumulated by the so called $250,000 and above “millionaires”, he’d blow through it in a month!
What would then be his next “plan” for America? Collectivist farms powered by solar panels and wind farms made by Jeffrey Immelt’s GE?
Democrats want to compromise! The car is going over the cliff and they want to compromise on the speed. The new congress was elected to stop the fiscal insanity. What is incomprehensible is that the Dems are still insisting that over spending is not the problem. They would have you think that nothing can be cut without filling the streets of America with starving children and old folks. “The rich have to pay their fair share.” ” I cannot guarantee that social security checks will go out if we don’t raise the debt limit” Is President Obama spouting this kind of nonsense not as much a violation of free speech as “yelling fire in a crowded movie theater” when there is no fire? He should be ashamed of himself. But, shame is not an emotion with which our fearless (feckless) leader is familiar. Republicans and Tea Partiers need to stand their ground. They, somehow, have to turn this car around in mid air, slow things down and get grounded again in sensible fiscal policy. Structural changes in our entitlement system must be made so that we can continue to grow and be strong. A balanced budget amendment would go a long way to getting us on the right road. This is a critical time. If Obama is elected to a second term, all is lost.
It so well expresses the current blizzard of rhetoric and dithering over raising the debt ceiling. After a disgraceful two years without the Congress putting forth a budget and burying our country in a mountain of unsustainable debt, now at the last few days of what was a predictable deadline, we find our elected representatives seeking compromise. Except that only one party is putting forth plans while the other party submits no plans but only criticizes the other party’s plans. The Democrats are obviously trying to play a game of ‘pin the tail on the donkey, except in this case it’s pin the tail on the elephant. “What, financial disaster, you’re it, your party caused it by YOUR intransigence!”
What will compromise bring? Another temporary ceiling only to be raised again in 3 or 6 months? Increased taxes which will only stifle job creation? Spending cuts promised to occur 10-20 years in the future with absolutely no structural guarantees that they will ever happen? Downgrading America’s credit rating on August 3rd? The rating agencies that allowed a mountain of delinquent mortgage debt which can never be repaid gives the USA a triple A rating?? We must remember they are the same agencies that gave top AAA ratings to bundled junk bonds called derivatives that almost took down our economic system. What other Treasuries will the Chinese buy? Greece’s? Portugal’s? Spain’s? Italy’s? Will the interest rate we will have to pay go up, sure, the market demands it. But that would be the market’s loud signal to lower our debt and to restore financial sanity to an insane process that creates money out of thin air and hopes that the piper will never demand payment.
The only solution is CUT, CAP and BALANCE. Any other ‘compromise” just postpones the inevitable, NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY. So our choice really is to cut entitlements, re-engineer the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems towards financial solvency by including means testing, private pensions and a return to private insurance. Failing to do THAT grand bargain now will only guarantee the bankruptcy of those three entitlement programs and eventually take down the American system of capitalism. So our choice is to take less, wait longer or have nothing when those three systems take down America. The wolves are at the door waiting for America to do the wrong thing at the wrong time. The enemies of America and of what America represents, foreign and domestic, are hoping we find compromise because in that they see the future fall of America. Bold action is standing firm on the principle of lower debt, lower spending, re-engineering our entitlement programs and a Constitutional Amendment to require a balanced budget. The time to act boldly is now.
President Obama “cannot guarantee” that Social Security, veterans and disability checks will be issued if Congress cannot agree on a deal that would raise the government’s debt ceiling by August 2nd, he tells CBS News.
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it. These are veterans checks, these are folks on disability and their checks. There are about 70 million checks that go out.” Obama said in an excerpt of the interview released by CBS.
Can someone please explain to me how the government that can create fiat money out of thin air to finance a stimulus bill, jobs created and saved bill, a cash for clunkers payment system, etc. cannot simply send out Social Security checks on August 3rd backed by the same thin air that backed up the creation of trillions of wasted dollars in the last three years?
Any takers out there?