Occupiers: Everyone should have it. No one should have to pay for it.

The urban campers of Occupy Boston temporarily de-camped from the Greenway this afternoon to march through the streets of downtown Boston.  To the extent that a single coherent theme to the signs and chanting could be discerned, apparently today’s was a protest against “education debt.”  Here’s the Herald:


Members of the Occupy Boston movement, students from area colleges and union workers have marched through downtown Boston to protest the nation’s burgeoning student debt crisis.

The protest started at Occupy Boston’s Dewey Square tent city today and stopped outside Bank of America offices and the downtown Harvard Club before moving to the Statehouse.

Protesters said higher education has gotten too costly, in part because of onerous, high-interest loans. They said college is moving out of reach for regular Americans.

I’m not counted among the those who feel the need to preface any criticism of the “occupiers” with a few conciliatory words about the legitimacy of their complaints.  Sure a lot of them have genuine gripes – as do a lot more people out there who are spending their days and nights at infinitely more constructive/less annoying pursuits.  So what?  Times are tough, and everyone is finding ways to deal with it.  This guy’s excellent rant pretty much sums up my own feelings (warning: language).

At first I criticized the “movement” for its failure to come up with a comprehensible set of demands.  As time marches on, though, that becomes more and more beside the point.  It’s not like these people are holding a plane full of hostages.  They are squatting in parks.  It’s a nuisance, but in truth they could remain in place for years and broader society would find no more compelling a need to bow to their “demands” than is felt today.

It’s time to pack it in, gang.  Sticking around while the rest of the world loses interest is only going to encourage the militant few among you to greater and greater extremes.  Eventually someone is going to get killed, and surely the vast majority of you don’t want that.  If you still have some yearning to social action left over after your shower and de-lousing, find yourself a candidate and start collecting votes for next November.

Anyhow, back to the education debt thing.  Dear Boston Occupiers: Please point out the person(s) who put a gun to your head and forced you to rack up a bunch of education debt.  I’ll happily give him/her/them a piece of my mind on your behalf.

Wait?  There’s no such person?  You mean you read the papers, pondered the numbers, filled out the forms and signed on the line of your own free will?

Then, excuse me, but what in the H-E-Doublehockeysticks are you chanting about?!

It would make as much sense to march through the streets protesting your flat screen, your Ipad 2 (with three years of AppleCare), and your pre-torn designer jeans.  Or demonstrating against your hangover the morning after a bender on the first night of your seven day Spring Break trip to Cancun.  Life is consequences… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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    CD…THIS is why I come to RMG.  I look forward to and read all of your posts with interest.  Excellent job summing up the futility that is the Occupy Movement and especially their “free education” clap-trap.

    I’m guessing I’m a bit older than you are as my student loan debt was paid off almost 20 years ago.  Like you (and these “protestors”…whom I’ll get back to in a second), I signed on the dotted line, went to college, got out and started getting loan repayment statements.  Unlike these deadbeats, I didn’t bitch and moan about it.  I put my head down….got a job and paid off my debts.

    Now…back to the “protestors”…As the brilliant Thomas Sowell said so well yesterday:

    Sloppy words and sloppy thinking often go together, both in the mobs and in the media that are covering them. It is common, for example, to hear in the media how some “protesters” were arrested. But anyone who reads this column regularly knows that I protest against all sorts of things — and don’t get arrested.

    The difference is that I don’t block traffic, join mobs sleeping overnight in parks or urinate in the street. If the media cannot distinguish between protesting and disturbing the peace, then their education may also have wasted a lot of taxpayers’ money.

    To paraphrase you CD…this isn’t a protest, it’s a tantrum.

    One of the problems as you point out is “broadening access to college”.  Like the broadening access to home ownership disaster:  some people just weren’t meant to go to college (or to own homes).  Why?  Because contrary to some peoples thinking….we aren’t all the same.

    Some of these tantrum throwers would have been better served learning a trade than getting a degree in Women’s Studies or Music Theory.  What’s wrong with being a plumber or electrician?  Heck…just about everyone I know at one time or another is in the market for a “good” plumber or electrician.  How about an auto mechanic?  A good auto mechanic is worth his weight in gold!

    As a business owner and job provider, I am constantly amazed at how bad the labor pool has become.  Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of wet behind the ears college graduate know-nothings who act as if THEY are interviewing ME when they apply for a job.  They bring literally nothing to the table but the Tabula Rasa they had before they crammed their squashes full of a $100,000+ worth of liberal indoctrination.  Even the ones who survived the college gulag with an intact brain stem think that because they have the “onion skin” they are “worth” much more than market value.  It’s just what they FEEEEEEEL.

    The big problem we are facing as a society (as you point out) is that these babies have been taught that they live in a consequence free environment.  Bailouts have made consequences a thing of the past.  Use your house as an ATM…fine…when the bottom drops out of the market…the government (who is partially to blame for the mess) will force the banks (also partly to blame) to renegotiate with you, forgive some of your debt (which you are ultimately responsible/to blame for) and you can go right back to living your life free of the burden of your own stupidity.

    The trouble with that is:

    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

    Herbert Spencer

    English philosopher (1820 – 1903)

    I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is time for this tantrum to end.  If they don’t end it voluntarily, public officials should grow up and end this themselves.  These babies have wasted enough public resources on this outburst.

    As I said in response to someone on another thread:

    This movement has the same problem every leftist plan, program, idea, etc…has….undefined goals. When will they know they are done?  

    Okay…so you occupied.  Good for you.  Now what?  What will it take for these smelly bastards to go home?  Who is going to clean up after they go?  (Hint…not them…)

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Maybe they should be called ‘Occu-pee-ers”.  

  • That was a funny generation X article, it hit a lot of the right notes for me. Unfortunately it’s just as self-indulgent as the OWS, and we need the young to be productive in order to fund our retirements.

    The truth about OWS is that it is a middle-class movement as is the Tea Party. I wonder if the uniting fact of the Tea Party was ends (lower taxes) and not programs or complaints.

    Personally I think Wall Street has become part of the mercantilist system where government connects to the financial elite to rob the middle class, and both parties are entwined just clawing resources back and forth to their own zombie constituencies. Is there really such a moral difference between these “sides”

    oil companies and the wind arm of an oil company

    health insurers and big hospital administrators

    investment banks and state government bureaucracies

    for-profit loan-processing mills and colleges as haven for ultra-liberal do-nothings

    And the truth is our political parties don’t see it either, and are happy to serve both sides of those phony disputes at our expense. There are people who stand to make money off their connections whichever party is in power. Without the Tea Party the Republicans would never have had the conversations they are in now. I would never trust the establishment Republican Party not to sell me down the river to the elite.

    So I can’t condemn the OWS people, they certainly aren’t going to get my votes but something needs to happen on the Democratic side. I say to them your dispute is with your own Democratic leadership.  

  • Fight back.

    The occupiers are costing us money.

    Every time you go by there, or can get a convoy of folks to join you, please give out a lot of toots on your horn.

    All hours of the day and night.  Round-the clock torment would be nice.

    Freeloading bums.