OCCUPY the Treehouse!

****  OCCUPY the Treehouse  ****

  That is, occupy the Treehouse if you’re a hard-working American who believes in the values that this country was built on.  On the other hand, if you’re one of these sign-waving knuckleheads “occupying” our cities with your list of demands for endless freebies (provided by leprechaun shops and powered by unicorn farts, no doubt)… if you’re one of those guys or girls, you can come in too… provided you’ve had a bath recently and that you’ll keep your mouth shut unless you have something intelligent to say.
  I’ve been meaning to write on this for a week, and keep having trouble knowing where to start because IT’S ALL JUST SO FREAKIN’ RIDICULOUS!!!


  Many in the media have been equating the “Occupy” movement as the liberal equivalent of the Tea Party.  Really?  Really libs, you want to claim this whiny rabble?  They’re all yours!  Congrats!

  I’ve seen some of their “demands”.  Granted, none of these demands are official, since this movement is supposedly leaderless.  But, still…  Wow… here are some examples:

  1.  A living wage, to be attained by raising the minimum wage to $20 per hour.  Clearly they have no understanding of economics and the rampant inflation that would follow this.  And if the guy flippin’ burgers gets $20/hr, what do you pay the kid standing behind him making sure he’s doing it right?  And get ready for that burger to cost $17.
  2.  Single-payer 100% government run healthcare.  Didn’t we reject this not too long ago?  But we’re just getting started on bankrupting the country…
  3.  Guaranteed living wage regardless of employment.    Please… read that again, in the context of #1.  A guaranteed living wage (of $20/hr, right?) REGARDLESS OF EMPLOYMENT?!?  $20/hr is over $41,000 per year.  And someone really believes every person should be entitled to $41K whether they work or not? 
  4.  Free college education.  Sure, why not?  And while we’re being so magnanimous, it would be terribly unfair to put any limits on that.  You know, grades, attendance, switching majors, etc… Skippy could stay in school FOREVER if that’s his dream.  And who are you to tread on Skippy’s dream, you meanie?

  They go on and on… one trillion dollars spent immediately on infrastructure… one trillion dollars to spend converting from fossil fuels to solar and wind power… another trillion spent planting trees and restoring wetlands.  These “Occupiers” sure are generous with those trillions of dollars from taxpayers who are too busy WORKING to join in their silly little movement.

  Another thing they want:  Immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness, from international debt to your mortgage, car, and credit card debt.  Yeah, that would be sweet… so would a Beautiful Weather Law… ain’t gonna happen.

  Some of these yahoos are even calling for an end to money and a return to the barter system.  Please, kid… attend a Renaissance Faire, feel medieval for a few days, crap in the woods (instead of on a police car) and then come to grips with the realization that it wouldn’t work in the modern world.
  Feel free to disagree with me, but the problem with way too many young people these days is that they think they’re too special for a crappy job.  They’re unwilling to start at the bottom and work their way up.  They expect to start at the middle (or higher) and rise quickly to the stratosphere.

  There’s something deeply ironic – starting with their failure to see the irony – about these kids with their iPhones and iPads protesting capitalism and corporations.

  May I have your attention, kid? … No, you can play
Angry Birds in a minute. …
Listen carefully… it takes a corporation to make your iPad.  The village blacksmith can’t do it.  That’s a free lesson on The Industrial Age from your Uncle Nick.

  I could just keep going and going and going on this like the Energizer bunny, but seriously, kids… you’re making the hippie protesters of the 60s look like rocket scientists.  Go home until you have a clue what you’re talking about.


 

****  WHAT I’M STILL READING … AND WHAT ELSE I’M READING ****

  I’m now reading the third and final book in the Millenium trilogy, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”.  There’s a slightly unusual set-up with this trilogy: 
  The first book in the series, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” pretty much stands by itself.  The plot does carry over into the next two books, but the story does stand alone, without reading the others.  With the second and third book though, it’s a two part story.  “The Girl Who Played With Fire” leads directly into “Hornet’s Nest”.  I haven’t finished it yet, so I’ll save a final review until the end, but there’s definitely a reason these books have sold millions of copies around the world.

OK, now… Something You Didn’t Know About Me… I’m usually reading more than one book at a time.  I TRY to limit it to two – one fiction and one nonfiction – although I find myself breaking that rule every now and then.  And I must confess, I’m notoriously slow about reading the nonfiction books.  I enjoy them, and I learn things from them, but all things being equal, I tend to pick up the good novel I’m reading more often.  In other words, I’m eating dessert or junk food before eating my meat and veggies!

  Now that you know a little more about my reading habits, I’ll tell you that I’m also reading “Decision Points” by George W. Bush.  And because of the slowness factor I mentioned above, I’ve been reading it forever.  (I’m almost to the end, really!)  But it has been worth reading.  You get a real feel for his perspective from the decisions a President must make and the consequences of those decisions.

  The book also contains a lot more information on events that the media largely ignored during the Bush years, notably the really impressive gains that were made in slowing the spread of AIDS in Africa.

  It’s interesting to note that despite the really negative tone and personal attacks that were a political constant throughout his presidency, in my opinion, W only gets really negative in his remembrances of two people in this book.
   

  The first is Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana at the time of Hurricane Katrina.  Bush has taken a lot of criticism on the federal handling of the disaster response, but the book details how Blanco repeatedly refused federal assistance.  Ultimately, Bush had to send in military personnel without law enforcement authority as a means to get around Governor Blanco’s refusal of assistance.

  The other person who merits an intensely negative description is Jacques Chirac, then President of France.  Bush’s problem with Chirac could be summed up as Chirac being the epitome of the stereotypical snotty anti-American Frenchman. I’m probably over-simplifying that, but that’s about how Chirac comes across.


  Anyhow… good read so far.

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  OK, y’all… adios for now.  I will try not to take 9-10 days between posts in the future. 

Nick

 P.S.  If there’s anything I write about that you’d like to hear more on, just let me know in the comments.  Likewise, if there’s anything you’d like less of, same thing.
Feedback is always very welcome.

 

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