Now that all the Occupy ___________ (fill in the blank) protests are starting to wain I’m wondering where all those people are going to go. I hope a few of them will wander into a Tea Party rally or actually read a book by a conservative author, because if you get right down to it, the Occupiers and conservatives have a lot in common.
The essential argument of all the Occupy protests is that the wealthy are getting to rich becuase the government is not regulating them enough. Extrapolate that on out to its logical conclusion and you’ll find that most Occupiers feel like the government is nothing more than a tool of the rich and powerful to opress and control the masses.
What’s mind boggling is their solution is….wait for it…MORE GOVERNMENT!
What they really need is a good dose of conservative instruction. If they had ever gotten it, instead of taking “Gay Cinema and the American Culture 101″ They would know that that conservatives have a healthy does of skepticism about the government too. We think it is to easily manipulated by the rich and powerful to their own ends, but our soultion is not more government, it’s less. Choke it. Starve it. Beat it back. Make it smaller and give it less power and authority. If you do that, then 1% have to deal directly with the 99%. They don’t have a middle man covering their ass. That is called free market capitalism.
Governments have always been and will always be tools for the wealthy to manipulate and control the masses. (So is the media, by the way.) That will never change. That is precisely why our Democratic Republic of United States was and is such a great idea. It was designed to have a nominal federal government that would basically be in charge of the stuff that only a unified national effort could handle. Protecting borders, national defense, raising armies, etc. The founding fathers left the rest up to the states and the people.
No I know we are way past “the good old days”, but the conservative argument for less government is more valid than ever and the Occupy protesters are singing our song…they just don’t know the lyrics.
If they really want to knock the wealthy down a notch or two, they should all vote for candidates who want to reform the tax code and make it simple so rich people and corporations can use it to not pay tazes.
If they really think bankers are the bad guys then they are not paying attention. Banks charge retail stores fees for accepting debit and credit cards. Government (Dodd-Frank Bill) limited how much money banks could charge retailers so the banks responded by raising fees on the cost of using credit and debit cards on the consumer. Now I bet you didn’t see retail prices go down because the retail stores now had lower transaction fees, did you? What happend next is a conservative victory. Many of the banks lowered the fees back down after thousands of customers closed accounts, proving the effectiveness of the free market over government intervention.
The point of the above is the government had no business getting involved in the fee structure between banks and retailers. The only reason they did was because Sen. Chris Dodd was being a tool for a rich constuent who owned a bunch of retail stores when he inserted the fee cap language into the bill.
The Occupiers are right that the people should have the power, they’re just to stupid, or to indoctrinated to realize that giving more power to the government is taking away power from them and putting it in the hands of the rich.