I’ve basically run out of ways to explain the hypocrisy of the cacophony that is Occupy Wall Street.
Last night, the NYPD “raided” Liberty Plaza and cleaned up the garbage…unfortunately they left the protesters.
They have a right to peaceably assemble, to speak out against perceived injustices and to do so in a way that doesn’t impede on my right to do…well anything else I feel like doing within the bounds of the law.
I suppose that’s part of the problem as they see it: the law doesn’t adequately protect the people.
Furthermore, they see the law and business as intertwined. Big Business in bed with the government.
The irony of course, is that their solution is more of that government.
OWS, via their website, finally published a list of complaints, not so much a list of demands, although I suppose the demand is implied.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the list previously circulating was not an official list, but the new, sanctioned list isn’t any less laughable.
The very first item is a complaint about the banks kicking people out of their homes with an illegal foreclosure process.
This gets to the very core of the hypocrisy I’m talking about. No one made you take out a loan you had no chance of paying back. You know who incentivized that loan? Clinton-era legislators.
You know who bailed out the banks when they continued to make these ridiculous loans? Again, it’s the government.
This mortgage crisis happened because Fanny and Freddy were backed by government subsidies and bailed out by government dollars when the system it perpetuated failed.
This was a case of government regulation leading to marketplace failure. Regulation isn’t just restrictions. Incentives is a form of regulation too, and offering incentives for the wrong companies or the wrong ways can have devastating effects.
I’ve already been a voice for change when it comes to the United States banking system, on the other hand, the people who took out mortgages they couldn’t pay back have to be responsible for taking that action.
Furthermore, the only reason the banks made those loans is because of the assurances they received from a government who had no business being involved at all.
The charter for OWS explicitly states “It is up to the individuals to protect their own rights.” That sounds like a conservative position to me, and it is in direct conflict with this complaint about mortgages.
Mortgage claims are easily translated to their complaints about student loans. The charter refers to these students as “held hostage” by debt.
I can’t remember the last time a hostage walked up to a terrorist and said “Here, point this gun at me and tell everyone you won’t let me leave.”
No one demanded you take out loans. No one forced you to do it. The argument that a college education is a basic human right is a faulty one, particularly given the extreme access to information everyone has regardless of income.
Every library in America has the internet and a few computers. You want to learn something and can’t afford to go to school? Get a library card. They’re free.
Really want to go to college and you can’t afford it? Work really hard in school and get a scholarship. If you aren’t smart enough to get a scholarship, then you weren’t smart enough to go to college. Period.
They have great tech schools and community colleges and the jobs you can get with that training are the ones in high demand. You can’t get a job with that $40,000 a year English degree? How horrifying!
I bet you can find a job with that $6,000 a year wielding associates degree.
But that would mean these people would have to be self motivated enough to do something beyond living in a (private) park, banging drums (and each other) and smoking pot.
The Occupy movement has brought greater attention to issues that do need to be addressed: the banking industry, the failed government policies surrounding our economy and the pervasive influence of corporate power in politics.
But please guys, spare me the theatrics. We don’t feel sorry for you. Saddled with student loan debt you chose to accumulate, or an upside mortgage you chose to accept.
If you want individuals to defend their own rights, then that means being accountable for the decisions you make. True freedom isn’t being bailed out by the government because you messed up.
Asking the government to bail you out because of the poor decision you make, like outrageous student loans or mortgages, is the same as the bail outs given to the banks.
You know, the same ones you’re protesting against.