Sound Advice for the Occupy Wall Street Crowd

Posted: November 3, 2011 in america, controversy, current events, politics

Dave Ramsey offers some refreshingly insightful comments:

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Yeah, that’s great. But what do you want? What are your goals? What are your demands? What result are you looking for?  The beauty of being vague is that anyone who has any emotion can get caught up in the excitement and join your crusade…

A lot of people on Twitter are saying I totally agree with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demands and goals. The only problem is that I have no idea what their demands and goals are. And neither does anyone else. If all you ever do is stomp around, yell and hold up signs protesting a million different things, sure you’ll get some attention, but over time, you’ll just look foolish. You end up coming across like a three-year-old having a temper tantrum…

“No Government Bailouts!”

Banks and big companies should not receive taxpayer money for a bailout while their CEOs are making hundreds of millions of dollars. If that’s your gripe, then you’re protesting in the wrong location. Pack up and head to Washington, D.C., to deliver your message to the current administration…

“Down With Corporate Greed!”

Gordon Gekko was wrong. Greed is not good. Greed is bad—very bad. It’s a spiritual disease, and it is a disease that sadly affects a lot of companies across the country. If you believe a specific company is acting purely out of greed, then don’t just get mad—do something…But if you’re saying that all businesses are greedy and that capitalism itself is evil and ineffective, then I’m sorry—you’re just being stupid…

“Wall Street Is Evil!”

If you have this painted on a sign, well, now you just look ignorant. Wall Street is a street that people drive on. The New York Stock Exchange is a building where people exchange stocks in New York. This is the flea market of the financial world. Don’t turn Wall Street into some terrible monster attacking American citizens. It’s just a road with some buildings on it…

“Wealth Redistribution Is the Answer!”

I’ve heard a lot about wealth redistribution over the past few years, and I’m sure you’ve heard it too. Call it whatever you want, but this is how it usually sounds to most Americans: “We are the 99% of Americans who don’t have as much as the 1%, so we’re mad and think the government should take their wealth and property away so that we can have a piece of it. Wealth inequality is a moral breakdown! We should all spread the money around so everyone gets a fair share!”

I have my toughest critique for those who believe this: You are a thief…

  1. Patricia says:

    If you want to criticize Occupy, then do it with something real. And remember the person of Christ as you do it.

    1. Occupy is in Washington DC. Moreover, our government bailed out bankers. Hence….

    2. I’ve not heard anyone say that all business is greedy, but I’m sure there are a few. But the general assemblies’ statements don’t criticize capitalism but only write that the greed in capitalism has gotten out of control. One would think you’d agree with that.

    3. You make a statement equally as stupid as “Wall Street is Evil” when you go sideways and say, “its a street!” There is a great deal of evil done by the bankers that run Wall Street. If you don’t think this is true, then talk about that.

    4. “Wealth Redistribution…” Have you read the GAO audit demanded by Paul/Grayson from the Fed during TARP? That is wealth redistribution writ large. Trillions, buddy. They are indeed thieves. If you don’t think that there should be governmental programs for the poor, be honest, state that and explain yourself.

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