The Marauding Band Plays Wall Street

Betsy M. Galliher
To the occupier whom the taxpayer must endure on his way to earning the dividends of fair share, with apologies to Elizabeth Warren:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.  Nobody.  You started a revolution out there - good for you.

But I want to be clear.  You got to Wall Street on the roads the rest of us paid for, in transportation that was the invention, hard work, and investment of another.  You occupy streets, parks, and sidewalks the rest of us built and paid for, let alone travel to work upon so that we might support you.  You hired the protestors, union members, and anarchists that taxpayers inadvertently paid to educate.  You occupied a national landmark born of architectural and engineering visionaries, paid for by others.  You required removal by police force.  Police that the rest of us paid for.  You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come because you are the pillaging marauding band of anti-Capitalism. 

Now look.  You created chaos and anarchy and it seemed like a good idea - inalienable rights be damned!  You can have it.  Keep a big hunk of it.  But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of your plunder and pay forward for the next kid who comes along. 

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.  You built the revolution - free mortgages, free education, free college, free healthcare, a $20 minimum wage, trillions in infrastructure and ecological restoration, open borders, union representation in collective bargaining, and your green, alternate economy - now, underwrite it.  And without the taxpayers you bilk, job producers you seek to destroy, and free markets you wish replaced with government.

Welcome, anarchists, to your 'hunk' of fairness for the next generation - the shared sacrifice of poverty.

To the occupier whom the taxpayer must endure on his way to earning the dividends of fair share, with apologies to Elizabeth Warren:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.  Nobody.  You started a revolution out there - good for you.

But I want to be clear.  You got to Wall Street on the roads the rest of us paid for, in transportation that was the invention, hard work, and investment of another.  You occupy streets, parks, and sidewalks the rest of us built and paid for, let alone travel to work upon so that we might support you.  You hired the protestors, union members, and anarchists that taxpayers inadvertently paid to educate.  You occupied a national landmark born of architectural and engineering visionaries, paid for by others.  You required removal by police force.  Police that the rest of us paid for.  You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come because you are the pillaging marauding band of anti-Capitalism. 

Now look.  You created chaos and anarchy and it seemed like a good idea - inalienable rights be damned!  You can have it.  Keep a big hunk of it.  But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of your plunder and pay forward for the next kid who comes along. 

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.  You built the revolution - free mortgages, free education, free college, free healthcare, a $20 minimum wage, trillions in infrastructure and ecological restoration, open borders, union representation in collective bargaining, and your green, alternate economy - now, underwrite it.  And without the taxpayers you bilk, job producers you seek to destroy, and free markets you wish replaced with government.

Welcome, anarchists, to your 'hunk' of fairness for the next generation - the shared sacrifice of poverty.