Dear Friends: A quote from the movie, “The Usual Suspects“. As it seems the usual suspects who are responsible for POOPSTOCK.
Working Families Party of New York, a group that shares the same address as the SEIU and ACORN in New York, posted an advertisement on Craig’s list to find people willing to work the Occupy Wall Street protests. Now, it seems these groups are protesting at New York millionaires home; as a reminder, the Connecticut version of this union and ACORN connected group protested at bankers’ homes in 2009. The usual suspects playing by the same, tired set of Alinsky rules. It is as I always say:
LIVE BY THE ALKINSKY RULES, DIE BY THE ALKINSKY RULES.
I would like to share some great points made by fellow-SLOB, B-daddy:
- End the bailouts for financial firms and indeed all the failed corporations. Disabuse corporate CEOs of the notion that they can jet to Washington to save their companies.
- Eliminate the special dispensations for favored groups and corporations in the tax code. Simplify the corporate tax code so that simple profit and loss, as measured by generally accepted accounting principles form the basis of taxation. No more special breaks because you lobbied Congress. Ethanol comes to mind.
- End the secret bailouts by the federal reserve, which seem to involve more than just banks. Audit the fed.
- While we are at it, restore the gold standard for our money so that banks can be held accountable and not get federal reserve bailouts.
- Investigations and possible prosecutions for fraud in the manner in which mortgage backed securities were represented.
- Prosecutions when banks foreclose on homes when they don’t even own the mortgage.
- End all government loans to corporations.
It sounds nice, but sadly I think that the activists in this movement are more concerned about airing private grievances because they bought into one of the greatest scams of modern times: Assuming paying an outrageous amount of money for a professionally or technically useless degree makes them entitled to a great salary in a dream location.
The Occupy movement is full of these malcontents, and I am not sympathetic. The reason I blog about Egypt instead of being an unemployed history major is because I worked my posterior off so I could get three separate science degrees in lucrative fields and actually earn a living. When my company closed (because of the banking disaster that dried up credit), I started my own small business.
This takes my to the origin of a lot of the street theater: the Higher Education Bubble. I have been promoting “Mike Rowe Works” for years — there are a lot of great profit opportunities to be had in the trades. In fact, the Young Prince and I were at a Cub Scout camp in one of the most beautiful spots in southern California — Julian. One of the people who worked in the orchard we were at remarked the area was in desperate need of a new mechanic. Think of it — a great living in a naturally beautiful area and no college debt. It screams GREEN LIVING!
There was a discussion on Instapundit related to this:
I should prefer this not be attributed to me. However, in your recent post on OWS and the higher ed bubble, you touched what seems to me to be the core of the issue — in the last paragraph.
“UPDATE: Reader Jonathan Card emails: 的知 a consultant travelling to Kentucky for a contract. I was watching the local news last night and a local machinist shop was being interviewed about not being able to find enough workers. The money quote, that I thought you壇 be interested in, was ‘You can buy gas from a college graduate, but I can’t fill a $70,000/year machinist position.’”
First: This is also my experience as an employer. I have more college graduates wanting to work for me than I can employ — but good machinists, good mechanics, good technicians are hard to find.
Second: When I was growing up, there was shop class with real tools, there were trade schools, vocational education, apprenticeships, any number of ways to train for what used to be called “the trades”. The need for these people HAS NOT GONE AWAY. What has gone away is the belief that they are viable career paths or respectable occupations.
Third: As Jerry Pournelle is fond of pointing out, not everyone enjoys the abstract and symbol-oriented thinking that university education is designed to train. Therefore, whether our objective is having a viable economy OR maximizing people’s happiness, it is simply not true that “everyone should go to college”. For some professions, college is (or should be, see below) incredibly valuable — for some, not so much.
Fourth: The way we distinguish among college graduates is, in part, whether they have developed “hands on” skills, shown signs of being able to complete real projects, built things, and so on. Once upon a time, people would do these as summer jobs or as hobbies before going to college or during college. That is rarer now. Many schools do offer good opportunities for various kinds of projects, competitions, and so forth that demonstrate these things. And of course hobbies and internship jobs still present such paths. The important thing is that these are all things people do VOLUNTARILY — you can get through your college experience and never have actually done any work in your field of study. Such people may be “educated” in some sense but are not often the kind of people we look to hire.
The second reason for my lack of sympathy: The group Anonymous, heavily involved in the Occupy movement, has threatened to hack the New York Stock Exchange.My mom, who is not wealthy, relies on her stock dividend checks to make ends meet. A lot of seniors also rely on their stocks, too. These Occupiers may want to chat with a few seniors before they proceed.
Finally, in terms of work, I want to let everyone know that this Palinista is going all in for Operation Counterweight (being organized over at Legal Insurrection). Basically, it is focusing on the House and Senate races. Truly, for those of us who are disgusted with the current primary process (and I am particularly upset Gary Johnson was excluded), it is the “electoral strategy for the rest of us.” It has already borne fruit:
I would suggest a race to watch: congressional district 36. In a very liberal district, Republican Craig Huey came in a surprising second in the open primary to qualify for the general election. While he lost to Democrat hack Janice Hahn, he made a credible showing, much stronger than usual for a Republican here. With redistricting, CD 36 moves a bit more to the south and becomes more friendly to a conservative candidate. Whether Huey runs again or the candidate is different “R,” in a bad year overall for the Democrats I’d expect him to have a good shot at unseating Hahn. I think it will be a race to keep an eye on.
Tammy Bruce has a column at Newsmax: No GOP Candidate Is Worthy of Palin’s Endorsement. It is, she comes to the same conclusion: The other option for tea partyers is to bypass the GOP primary season entirely and focus on the Senate, which is exactly what leaders at Freedom Works, a tea party group… …have indicated is their intention. Whatever individual Palinistas decide when it comes to “What now?” they will make the difference in this imperative political season.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. Sam Ewing