Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OWS: What Was the Point?

Well it looks as though the revolution is over.  With police removing the last hold outs in cities accross America, I think it's safe to say that the Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to a close.  So what do we do now?  We reflect, of course!

The big question that everyone should be asking themselves is: what did this accomplish?  Well, it managed to disrupt commerce, which is something one would think is a bad idea during an economic rough patch.  It also managed to get some people laid off due to the drop in commerce in some areas.  That also seems like something completely counterproductive to what they were trying to accomplish.
Did OWS achieve anything?  What was it even meant to achieve?  With protesters being removed in Baltimore, business as usual continues.  We're still massively in debt with a huge budget deficit, conditions that are not sustainable.  Unemployment remains at 8%, which is not surprising considering some people in on the unemployed list spent their time protesting rather than looking for a job.  Some corporations still get special treatment from the politicians whose pockets they line.

So I think it's safe to say OWS achieved nothing, so the next question is why?  Well, my guess is that the idiots who thought protesting would change something will likely vote for the same people they've been voting for the last 20 years.  I could be wrong, but my guess is that a majority of the OWS weirdoes vote Democrat.  But you know, it doesn't even matter what party they affiliate themselves with, because both parties are filled with self-serving assholes

OWS achieved nothing because those same assholes are still in office, and they'll probably continue to be in office.  Protesting solves nothing.  All it does is show to the world how pissed off people are, and what good does that do?  Instead of protesting, these asshats should have been getting involved with the upcoming elections.  They should have been doing their homework on the candidates, and exposing the bullshitters for what they are.

They should have taken this time to explore 3rd party alternatives.  They want change, but they don't seem to realize that it actually requires--gasp--change.  So these morons will probably do one of two things: abstain from voting in 2012 because they're disgusted with everything, or continue to vote for whoever they've been voting for all this time.

OWS was a failure because the people involved failed to either recognize or do anything meaningful about the fact that the "1%" is firmly entrenched in our congress.  About 45% of the members of congress are millionaires.  The top 10 richest members of congress consist of 3 Republicans and 7 Democrats, topped with John Kerry (D) in the #1 spot (I think he's worth about $27 million).

My final word to the OWS people: STOP VOTING FOR THE SAME PEOPLE WHO'VE PUT YOU IN THIS SITUATION!

13 comments:

D Charles QC said...

I first thought that the OWS was a unplanned expression of frustration in the efforts of those with responsibilty and especially the financial sector as a whole.

Later, I find that it had an informal leadership and alternative motivations.

Based on that, it most certainly failed. If it was just an expression, it at least registered an obvious dissatisfaction.

Though I am firmly centre-right and a true fiscal conservative, I fear that America's Right will also not be part of any solution to the fiscal mess and the banking disasters - Gingrich would deregulate even further....

Silverfiddle said...

What was the point? Sex, drugs and shitting on the corporations that gave them iPods, laptops and other life luxuries...

Harrison said...

It showed that you can't change the law by breaking it. Total retards in my opinion. Expect a revival during the Democratic National Convention.

Jersey McJones said...

"My final word to the OWS people: STOP VOTING FOR THE SAME PEOPLE WHO'VE PUT YOU IN THIS SITUATION!"

The OWS people didn't vote for those people. Moderate Democrats and pretty much all the Republicans created this mess. The OWS people are liberals, and liberals have had very little power in Washington for the past 30-odd years.

JMJ

Harrison said...

Liberals have little power in DC because a majority of the country thinks their ideas are crap. Rightly so.

Jersey McJones said...

Really, Harrison? Because the country's a fuckin' mess right now. Maybe that stupid fuckin' majority ought to open it's stupin' fuckin' eyes? No? The Republican, Milton Friedman, Free Trade, War on ___, has been NOTHING but miserable failure after miserable failure for 30-something years.

Where am I wrong there?

At what point do you admit something is not working and try something else? God. I couldn't imagine building something with a conservative! It would take forever and only amount to there own personal gain!

JMJ

Anonymous said...

Heres the accomplishment....
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45657166/ns/today-today_celebrates_2011/




~Smitty

Jack Camwell said...

Jersey,
The country is a mess right now because some geniuses on BOTH sides of the aisle, during the 90's, convinced everyone that they could live beyond their means forever.

Bill Clinton and many Democrats supported policies that ended up screwing us in the end.

So what's the solution Jersey? How do we make the American ecnomy propserous and sustainable again?

Pro-tip: increasing the welfare dole and entitlements is not going to make us more prosperous.

Silverfiddle said...

Jersey is still stuck in the meaningless "left-right" hissy fight. Partisan kabuki for the great unwashed.

It's Liberty vs. Tyranny.

The more government tries to "help," the worse it gets.

Reagan freed people and markets, and the economy took off. Had we simultaneously took away the government-provided safety nets from the financial markets, we'd still be riding high.

If Jersey loves state control so much he should move to North Korea.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul has it right... both parties are generally for the status quo. If you see things as liberal vs conservative you are only looking at a small cross section of the actual issues.

Real problems should be examined, such as why is it right that the people who have tons and tons and tons of money be propped up by a system that lets them make more tons of money, while an old lady who worked 45 years of her life and saved as much as possible is now struggling.

The bureaucrats on both sides are hemorrhaging our wealth due to special interests and corporatism.

Who wins when the interest rate is near 0%? certainly not me as a small business owner. The speculative group of people win, again. The people who had money to start with win. The game is fixed, this is a casino where every dealer cheats and the gaming regulators that should be shutting the rigged casino down are the ones who created the scam!

The worst part about all of it is the people making the choices for all of us are NOT the ones who are going to have to clean it all up. They are having their all night party still... when the sun comes up and all of them are too hungover on powerdrank to fix things there is going to be a hell to pay.

Our government has basically turned out currency into a handshake and it is not long before it ruins us.

Jack Camwell said...

Thanks for the comment anon.

I think you're absolutely right in everything you said, to be quite honest.

I think Ron Paul wanting to fully audit the Federal Reserve is a good thing, because when he first got the chance to do it, it revealed a lot of croney bullshit that was going on.

D Charles QC said...

What do people think of taking the "working towards job growth" out of the Fed's mandate? I know Gingrich mentioned it but so has a number of economists.

William McCullough said...

D CHARLES, i COULDN'T AGREE MORE. ONLY A MORON WITH NO CONCEPT OR UNDERSTANDING OF SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC MODELS WOULD SUBSCRIBE TO THE NOTION THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN CREATE JOB....I AM OF COURSE TALKING ABOUT THE SOCIALIST IN-CHIEF AND HIS MINDLESS LEMMINGS. JUST MY OPINION OF COURSE....WM