Friday, October 14, 2011


"It is just not right that 1 percent of people control the resources that 99 percent of people have to purchase. We need morals and values, not just greed taking over everything."

That was a statement made by one of the "Occupy Ft. Myers" so-called protesters, Tia Wilin, at the huge event held in Centennial Park.

Did I say "huge event?"

There were 150 people present.

So...why is it "just not right" that people who drive the economy have a say in how the economy is run?

The late Steve Jobs was among that "1%."

If he was so evil by "winning life's lottery (thinking about, taking the risk to establish, and being successful through hard work and innovation at Apple), why do so many people buy his Mac and iProducts?

Likewise Bill Gates, re: PCs.

Furthermore, what is there to keep any one of you who wants to, to follow in their footsteps and join the "1%?"

Want a job?

Start your own successful business.

You can do that in America.

Dave Thomas did it in the midst of huge competition from other fast fooders.

Why can't you?

If you decide to do so, though, be prepared for hundreds of federal regulations telling you what you have to do and what you can't do in your new business, all of which will cost you money and will impact your ability to sustain your business.

The message of the "Occupy" group is a false one, born of ignorance and sheep-life followship of paid "organizers," much like President BO (the child president)'s community organizer days.

What dim wits.


Xavier Onassis said...

I have to agree with you on this one Jo Joe!

You see, several years ago I concocted an ointment that cures leukemia in young children.

I know there is a market for my product. I know I could sell enough of it to become fabulously wealthy! I could be living the American Dream!

But there just so many gosh darn Government Regulations that block me at every turn!

If the Federal Government and the FDA would just get out of my way and let the good ol' American Free Market work it's capitalistic magic, I would be a VERY wealthy man!

Lone Ranger said...

My sister died of leukemia just a week after her sixth birthday. Great analogy.

Xavier Onassis said...

OK, fine. Out of deference and respect for The Lone Ranger's loss, let's say my ointment cures Muscular Dystrophy or Spina Bifida...whatever. Doesn't matter.

The point is, I have a product I know I can sell, there is a market hungry to buy it and the only thing standing between me and The American Dream are those pesky Government Regulations!

Ducky's here said...

Joe, why your fascination with fast food? Is corrupting the American diet even further our best path to growth?

abluegirlami said...

The fact is, what I feed my child is none of Michelle Obama's business. She wasn't elected to any position.

Joe said...

Ducky: Why your facination with other people's facinations? said...

I your world you may be right, but it is the same world for me and it is passing us by. Your sampling technique needs work. With over 6 billion of us and no discouragement in sight, we got a lot more people to consider. This system may have worked well for you but not everyrone can be an entrepeneur(?) or own their own business. Capitalism seems designed to suit itself, accumulate more wealth and possesses neither a personhood or soul contrary to the supremes.
Count your blessings and let the 99% pursue theirs. Ron

Joe said...

rsaberton: "not everyrone can be an entrepeneur(?) or own their own business."

Why not?

If you want to, you have every opportunity to do so.

At least for now.

Lone Ranger said...

I have absolutely NO PROBLEM purchasing the products that 1% of the people produce. Just got my new iPhone yesterday. Waiting for my new Dell desktop. I very much doubt whether XO and his ilk would last very long living in tumbleweed huts that the 99% would (barely) manage to build. Although I'm not one of those 1%, I have no problem whatsoever purchasing the fruits of their labor. And in the future, I have no doubt that people will have no problem purchasing the cures for "Muscular Dystrophy or Spina Bifida...whatever."
You see, I am not one of those slackers who think the world owes me everything I have.

Ducky's here said...

But Joe, if you've been paying attention you understand that we are saturated with franchises and chains.

You're going to go out and start a successful franchise business? No, even the greet Herman Cain couldn't do that. The field was too crowded and he had no way to differentiate himself. Really, a burger is a burger and a pizza is a pizza.

Go out and start a chain that competes with Walmart selling stuff cheap? Good luck unless you're another existing chain.

I don't know if you live in an urban or rural area but if urban, even you must have noticed the closing of smaller independent stores. You work for a chain or you go bust.

Most of the growth now seems to be social networks and assorted crap like that.

Xavier Onassis said...

Ducky - Jo Joe clings to a mythical America that never actually existed. He hugs it like a primitive totem that will keep reality from encroaching into his fantasy world.

Ducky's here said...

It's stranger than that, Xavier.

Joe was employed by a radio station which, I believe, went under. His 401K was all in company stock and got wiped out. After that he had to take a much lower paying job.
Not really his fault, happens too a lot of workers.

But in Joe's imaginary bizarro world he can just pick up and get a license and start a station from scratch. For some reason he didn't do that. He doesn't see the irony.

Joe said...

Ducky: As we all know, Walmart just fell out of the sky, as big as they are today. The never were small, never grew and ole Sam Walton did not sacrifice anything to build his chain.

You mindless dribble.

Ducky's here said...

And how many other businesses were forced out because of Walmart?

Was Walmart a net gain or did it depress wages?

Joe said...

Ducky: As usual, misses the point.

Following your logic, all businesses should remain small, never grow, forget the bottom line, give all they make to charity (or to you) and their owners should be on food stamps.

Walmart provies hundreds of thousands of jobs, offers merchandise at affordable prices and has not forced the better managed stores, even the high end ones, out of business.

We have a dozen or so small business merchandise stores doing right well in our little community, providing what Walmart can't: personal service and knowledgeable clerks.

I don't like all of Walmart's practices, I'm just saying (and here's the point...try not to miss it) that anyone can do anything in this country, even rise from a useless community organizer, to a do-nothing senator to president.

Where else can you do that?

Why don't you go there and do it?