…and I’m lazier than I like to admit. When I wrote my earlier piece about the demands of the Occupy Wall Street idiots, I kinda sorta trusted the folks at Ace Of Spades and didn’t verify their article. And it turns out, as jim_m noted, that was a mistake — DrewM only quoted the first eight of their demands. They had five more, and if you think the first eight were were bad, the bong water obviously got worse as they worked their way down the list:
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
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.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
Let’s take a look at these a bit more closely, shall we?
9) “Open borders.” Watch everyone rush to places that are doing better, economically, and promptly drag everything down to the least common denominator. And let’s note that there are two kinds of walls in this world — walls that keep people out, and walls that keep people in. Our borders have always been of the former, but the majority of nations in the world have the latter.
Plus, one of the key defining aspects of a nation state is the ability to define and defend its own borders, to decide who may enter — and under what circumstances. “Tragedy of the commons,” anyone?
10) This one I could almost get behind. I have my suspicions about the “independent” part of the observers system — this almost always ends up being folks from the far left — but overall, I think it’s probably their closest brush to sanity.
11) Hey, you know what will totally save the economy? The abolition of the credit system! Everything is COD, cash only! Because who in their right mind would EVER loan money again, knowing that the borrowers could, at any time, simply say “screw you, we’re keeping your money!” You want to buy a car, a house, anything at all? Save your pennies — you’ll need every single one of ’em.
Oh, and start paying all your bills in advance — because that’s “debt,” too. Just wait until all cell phone plans are “pay as you go,” internet providers and cable companies ask for money up front, and utilities start turning off services the instant your balance goes above zero. ‘Cuz that’s all part of the same thing.
12) This is redundant. Since we just destroyed the whole concept of credit, what is there to report?
13) It’s no surprise that this one came last, as it isn’t part of their core beliefs. This is the big, wet tongue kiss to the unions for their support. It’s “card check” without the name. “Sign a ballot at any time” — especially when you got a union goon handing you a ballot, another one handing you a pen, and three more standing behind you. Or, alternately, while in a mass meeting called by management, where management spells out just what will happen if they vote in a union — and then the ballots are passed out and collected as each worker trades in their signed and marked ballot for their paycheck.
I’m an agnostic, but I have to say that having looked at the demands of these lunatics, I have a pretty good vision of Hell.