Oh, those cute little occupy people. When I first saw photos and videos of them, the first thing that came to my mind was, “kids playing house”. Now, don’t get me wrong – they have some good ideas (although it seems to me they should be camped in front of the White House) – but they also have a lot of naive and ignorant demands.
How can they actually demand with a straight face all kinds of “free stuff”? Do they honestly not know that the government has no money of its own? Do they think that the “free Obama money” that some were so excited about during the election was really REAL and really FREE?
And besides this basic ignorance about the way the world works, where the h*ll did they get this sense of entitlement? Huh? You were BORN, so you’re entitled to get whatever you want for FREE? I doubt it worked that way in their lives up to this point – but now somehow it’s supposed to magically happen? I guess the Puritan work ethic that most of us heard about growing up just isn’t discussed around the dinner table anymore!
And then, there’s the whole “reinventing the wheel” issue (have they never worked in groups before???):
Nieves volunteers on Occupy Wall Street’s security team, but says many new arrivals do not pull their weight.
“We have compassion toward everyone. However, we have certain rules and guidelines,” said Lauren Digioia, 26, a member of the sanitation committee.
“If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back,” Digioia said. “There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.”
Oh! So the food, bedding, clothing, books, and medical supplies aren’t FREE??? They have to pay with some work around the camp? Gee, one more step forward in evolution, and they might actually invent some currency! And then… ye gods! A system to save money with interest, while it’s being loaned to someone else temporarily! And then….. and then…. then they might start redistributing your wealth! But wait, that’s a good thing, right? Or, maybe it’s only a good thing when you have less than someone else…..? I’m getting confused!
Smith is a member of the Comfort Working Group — one of about 30 small collectives that have sprung up within OWS. The Comfort group is charged with finding out what basic necessities campers need, like thermal underwear, and then raising money by soliciting donations on the street.
“The other day, I took in $2,000. I kept $650 for my group, and gave the rest to Finance. Then I went to them with a request — so many people need things, and they should not be going without basic comfort items — and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork! Are they the government now?” Smith fumed, even as he cajoled the passing crowd for more cash.
The Finance Committee dives on whatever dollars are raised by all the OWS working groups, said Smith, and doesn’t give it back.
The Comfort group has an allowance of $150 a day, while larger working groups, like the Kitchen group, get up to $2,000.
“What can I do with $150?” said Smith. “We have three tons of wet laundry here from the rainstorm — how do I get that done? We need winter gear, shoes, socks. I could spend $10,000 alone for backpacks people need. We raise all this money. Where is it?”
And back to the subject of ignorance…. a photo can speak a thousand words, as they say…..
And then there are the people who took more out in student loans than their tuition necessitated, or who picked an interesting major which only hires two graduates a year, or who chose to go to a more expensive school than necessary. Let’s hope that this one isn’t an English major (or maybe spelling is a 2nd semester senior course!):
So, as I said – certainly we need a lot of reforms, and enforcement of those reforms. But these protesters really strike me as primarily a bunch of people getting swept up in the moment – naive, ignorant, and unrealistic – having fun being the center of attention. Having valid grievances about some things, but holding other people responsible for choices they themselves made. But I’m sure next week they’ll get it together and get their attention focused on that elusive 1% – after all, they know where one of them lives!
UPDATE: Happy Birthday, Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!
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