This Occupy Wall Street tantrum is getting old. Just about every video of this gang includes some whiny college student, or recent graduate, complaining about the student loan debt they’ve racked up, and the lack of jobs in this economy. You have to wonder, why are they wasting time bankrupting a city, banging drums and living in their own filth, rather than finding any job – or several jobs – to make ends meet until they land something better? Isn’t that what those who came before them had to do? I know I did.
I didn’t start protesting the government until I had a couple kids and realized the kind of debt our government has saddled them with. It makes those student loans look like chump change when you consider the economic consequences.
Ben Stein, who I don’t always agree with, summed it up perfectly.
Then came Herman Cain. He said, very simply, “If you are a college graduate and you can’t get a job, you shouldn’t blame Wall Street. You shouldn’t blame the banks. You should blame yourself.”
A Daniel come to judgment. The sun suddenly came out.
The next step, I am sure, by the way, for the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd is for Anderson Cooper, Bill Maher, and Jon Stewart, the trifecta of conventional wisdom’s failed liberalism, to come down to Wall Street and join the masses in demanding more of our tax money so they can all be supported as novelists and movie directors.
You poor kids. You are basically asking to be supported and taken care of by Mommy and Daddy. Wake up, kids. Wall Street is you, with all of your wants and needs and wishes, only they have the balls to go out and work for it. Sometimes they are crooks and sometimes they are fools — but you know what? So are all of us.
Listen to Mr. Cain. Shut up and get to work.
Unfortunately, with the likes of the Obama-supporting AFL-CIO ginning up violence, the president himself kinda sorta endorsing the protest, and the media’s love affair with this “movement,” I doubt this tantrum will end in the next day or two. Who knows, maybe it is just the last gasp of the progressives. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to go down swinging.
It’s just a shame all of these “educated” young men and women haven’t figured out they’re just dupes, and if they get their way, they will not only leave mommy and daddy broke, but destroy their own futures. It’s almost as if they’ve willfully fallen into the “income disparity” trap.
If you’ve been paying attention to the sorry “Occupy Wall Street” nonsense going on, you’d know that the income disparity thing is a big rallying cry. It’s actually an effective talking point. Mainly because people don’t bother to think about what it means, why it happens, or what impact is has on their lives. It just feels good to not like the rich if you’re not rich. It’s human nature.
It’s also one of the most meaningless statistics ever devised by man. Go ahead, ask a hipster why income disparity is a big deal and what they would do to fix it. 99.99% of the time they will rattle off a few things that are not caused by income disparity and their solutions will do nothing to bridge the income gap. They literally have no idea what they’re angry about or how to fix it.
Better still would be asking those kids about their GPA’s. You know, like that email that circulates every six months or so. Ask them if they’re willing to give up a few GPA points for the kids who partied all the time, or are just kinda dumb, it doesn’t matter the situation. Just ask them if they are willing to give up those hard-earned GPA points to the ones who didn’t work for it. How many do you think would agree? If they don’t agree, ask them why they believe someone who worked so hard for his (or her) money should give it up to a bunch of smelly punks keeping people awake all night and blocking the sidewalks.
Oh, one last thing – If you majored in something like basket-weaving, or some other non-lucrative field, don’t cry to me when you can’t make a living and pay off your loans. Blame the people who told you it would be a really good idea to rack up a hundred grand in debt for a basket-weaving degree. Who knows, maybe you could have spent that time learning a trade, and making money.
Update: Linked by the Poh diaries – now they’re occupying Asheville.