The "Occupy Wall Street" protesters are a curious bunch. None of them appear to be employed, yet as they sit in the plaza, they are speaking on cell phones, surfing the Internet on laptop computers and Ipads. There has recently been a "charging station" set up for these devices that come from evil corporations like Apple, Sony, etc....huh?? As their occupation goes on...and on, as far as I can tell, they have a problem with the very free market that make all of their techno-toys available.
The list of their demands in it's rambling entirety is...free stuff, and lots of it! Free health care, free education, free housing, a minimum wage of twenty dollars an hour. Wait a minute, if you want it all to be free, why do you need a minimum wage? Silly Capitalist asking silly questions!
Well, I have a few more silly questions, and I am pretty sure I am not alone. I think I am fairly normal, give or take a few spells and Full Moon rituals here and there. I am up around 5am during the week. I work 40 hours a week. Sure, getting up when it is still dark sucks, as does the work part. I would much rather be writing blogs. My question is, why can't these people do what I and millions of other Americans do every day? Why do you think you are entitled to live on my dime? Why can't I just live off your dime? And as long as you are protesting "Wall Street" and "corporate" corruption, why not protest the fact that you are having food and clothing donated to you by the likes of unions and the American Workers Party, an offshoot of the American Communist Party? All the while, attempting to bill this as entirely spontaneous?
You know, I get it. I want to protest too. I want to protest these people who think I should work to support them, think that I have no problem with them trashing public areas which will inevitably cost my tax dollars to clean up, and basically disrupting the lives of hard-working Americans who have worked to earn their success.
But I have to go to work.