A commenter on an earlier post about the protesters’ demands pointed out this story: Some Say Occupy Wall Street Protesters Aimless; Facts Say Otherwise
There has been a lot said about the lack of vision, lack of specific demands, and a disparity of beliefs and goals among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the media in the past several weeks. A survey of the protestors shows that none of these criticisms are true.
The idea that this guy could talk to 50 people and show “that none of these criticisms are true” is just plain silly, even if we all choose to ignore the various claims and lists and opinions and ideas put forward by others.
Ignore all those other people with different goals! I can assure you we all have the same goals!
Seriously, this isn’t the playground during 2nd grade recess, kids.
Anyway, here are the ideas that scored 90% or better and are probably safe bets about the sort of thing the crybabies want:
- 98% believe that health care should be free
- 98% believe that Insurance companies make too much money and some of their profits should be taken to pay for more healthcare for others
- 95% believe that drug prices should be controlled
- 93% believe that communications like cell phone and internet access be a right and not just reserved for the rich and we should have free internet and cell phone service as a national goal.
- 93% say that student loan debt should be forgiven
So 98% think healthcare should be free. Murdoc thinks clean waster should be free. Neither is at all reasonable in reality. Nothing is FREE. Nothing. Deal with it. If something relatively simple like clean water cannot possibly be provided to anyone anywhere on the planet for free, how can something complicated like healthcare be provided for free?
Oh, they don’t really mean “free,” they mean someone else should pay for it. Keep this in mind; it’s a recurring theme with this bunch.
98% also think health insurance companies make too much money, and they’ve been tapped to pay for healthcare. Murdoc thinks labor unions make too much money and should be required to funnel lots of their profits into my health care. If insurance companies and labor unions are required to put X into health care, what do we think will happen to insurance premiums and unions dues? Anyone? Anyone?
95% think drugs should be “price controlled.” Now, without more info it’s hard to know exactly what respondents actually think about this, though we’ve been assured they all think the same thing. And Murdoc’s pretty sure they’re all on a similar page and agree that drugs should be cheaper. Murdoc thinks food should be cheaper. If we make drug companies and food producers cut their profits by 75%, what will happen to drug research/production and food supplies? Big pharma and little farmers are both motivated by the same thing, folks. And if less money is coming in, the answer won’t be to double output.
93% think cell phones and internet access is some sort of right. Sorry, no little counterpoint from Murdoc on this one. Cell phones and internet access are NOT basic human rights. Period. That’s stupid.
And then we have the 93% who think student debt should be forgiven. Again, that’s just stupid. Not a different, yet legitimate, opinion. Not even socialism or un-American. Just plain stupid. You don’t want to pay off a loan? Don’t take out the damn loan.
If Murdoc hadn’t seen photos of these people, he’d swear they were five-year olds.
So while there are claims that the protesters are “aimless,” no one is trying to convince anyone that they aren’t all agreed on the idea that they want everyone else to pay for their crap. No one I’ve heard of thinks otherwise. That is a crystal clear unifying force behind this big crybaby movement.