If there is a point to Occupy Wall Street, it seems to be bemoaning what some consider an unfair distribution of wealth - even though our nation provides the greatest opportunities for success of any nation on earth. Go ahead. Find me the Oprah Winfreys and Steve Jobses of China. Find me the Google and WalMart of France. Find me the European leaders born to immigrant parents who overcame poverty and made a name for themselves. Find me the Condoleeza Rices, Bobby Jindals, and Barack Hussein Obamas.
Certainly America has become less of a meritocracy under President Obama, where cronyism (see Solyndra, GM, and GE) is rewarded to the detriment of free enterprise. And yet the Occupy Wall Street crowd isn't protesting the interference of government to unfairly influence and corrupt business, but instead asking for more government meddling and less free enterprise. In essence, the solution they offer is to strip wealth away from MILLIONS of shareholders, investors, entrepreneurs, and financial decision makers and put it in the hands of ONE centrally planned government. That's hardly what one would call fair distribution.
No wonder the protest has garnered the sympathy of America's hardest working poor. You know, the likes of John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Alec Baldwin, and Micheal Moore, not to mention our arugula chomping Millionaire-in-Chief and his jet-setting wife. These big government pariahs have actually seen their share of wealth increase during the Great Recession. Obama's biggest donors include Goldman Sachs, and the president regularly charges more per plate at his fundraisers than the average American makes in a year. But don't worry, because they feel your pain.
"I'm very understanding of where they're coming from," boasted the richest guy in Washington, Senator John Kerry, who owns a 76 foot luxury yacht he doesn't think he should pay taxes on and claims a net worth of $200 million.
"God bless them for their spontaneity. It's independent, it's young, it's focused. And it's going to be effective," parroted the wealthiest former Speaker in the history of the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi, who continues to ask lobbyists to write the bills she passes to find out what's in them.
"I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel... I'm going to fight every inch of the way to make sure that we have a consumer watchdog that is preventing abusive practices by the financial sector," added President Obama. No word on whether that same watchdog would prevent $500 million of corporate welfare from being handed out to failed companies backed by his biggest fundraisers like Solyndra.
With Occupy Wall Street, it appears our uber-wealthy politicos have found a group of useful idiots to march on their behalf and help pry the rest of America's wealth into their greedy government hands. And yes, that includes billionaire George Soros, now that his well-funded MoveOn.org has endorsed the protests. Got that, occupiers? You're now marching for the richest 1%.
This whole campaign reeks of misdirection to take attention away from the president's failures. The underlying message behind these disgusting protests is it's not government's fault for misallocating a trillion dollar stimulus bill and passing job-crippling regulations. No, it's your neighbor who drives a nicer car than you and works for an evil corporation.
Nothing unusual for Obama's America, where envy is a virtue and accountability is a vice.
UPDATE: Hollywood Occupies Wall Street? Millionaire Celebrities Now Flocking to Zuccotti Park (presumably to see how the other 99% live)