Occupy Wall Street crowd lacks consistency
I had an interesting conversation with a couple who took part in last Friday’s Occupy Wall Street demonstration on our Plaza. They approached me after their group therapy session ended to question why I had my own signs which were antithetical to theirs.
The woman in this pairing screeched (a la Hillary Clinton-style), “Do you support the bailout, because we sure don’t.”
My answer to her was, “Of course not. I don’t support any bailouts by our government because I am consistent.”
However, they support many of them, just not the big, bad capitalist bank bailout. You see, they support a bailout of millions of 18- to 45-year-olds in this country through a program called “Obamacare,” which allows that segment of Americans to reach into their neighbors pockets and pull out cash to buy themselves health insurance. Most of them could afford basic coverage, but instead they choose to spend their money on iPhones and the monthly contacts to run them, nice cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, two or three nights a week at the bars, dinners and movies.
We already have health care coverage for the poor in this country, it is called Medicare, Medicaid, charitable community health clinics, local emergency rooms and mediCAL.
They support the bailout of private industries like Chrysler and GM because it saves big labor jobs for the middle class. They support bail outs for those who fail to plan for their own retirements through the Social Security entitlement, which is nothing more than welfare, after the third year of benefits have paid out, because after that, the beneficiary has tapped into all that they paid into the system.
They support bail outs for women who continue to have children they cannot support by allowing them to reach into their neighbors wallets and steal cash to buy diapers, formula, Section 8 housing vouchers and food stamps.
They support bailing out people who don’t wish to get off of their couches and look for a job, or multiple jobs, by extending unemployment benefits to a ridiculous 99 weeks. Let me clue you into something folks. If you pay people not to work, they won’t.
So to use a ubiquitous phrase, I’m just sayin’ … be consistent with your outrage and your might get some respect.