Occupy Little Rock should change goals

On Tuesday I went to the downtown post office with a relative of mine. I noticed that the Occupy Little Rock tents were right next to the parking lot. I suggested that she lock the door while I was in the post office and she replied there was no way she was staying in the car!!! Before leaving the post office  I received a lot of change and the person commented, “You got so much change you can buy something to eat on the ride home.” I joked, “I just have to walk a few feet since I live in one of those tents over there.” Several people turned immediately to get a better look at me. Then I admitted that I was joking and we all had a laugh.

Max Brantley noted on the Arkansas Times Blog on 2-23-12:

Plans apparently are underway to begin an end of the all-night camps, though City Hall hasn’t yet revealed the specifics of its plan. To date, the city has been remarkably tolerant. The Occupy LR group has had remarkably long staying power, given its lack of a central, concrete mobilizing action agenda.

I also think the city of Little Rock has “been remarkably tolerant.” However, Brantley and I probably disagree on what should be the “mobilizing action agenda.”

I think their main emphasis should be in the Washington area and should be criticizing big government. Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute has pointed out :

Bureaucrats are paid too much, getting twice as much compensation, on average, as people in the productive sector of the economy, and  lobbyists, contractors, and interest groups have figured out how to get lucrative positions at the federal trough.

A new report from MSN Money illustrates how the political elite is getting very rich by plundering honest Americans. America has 3,033 counties, and they identified the 15 richest jurisdictions from that list.

Of those 15 super-elite counties (the top 1/2 of one percent), 10 are in the Washington metropolitan area.

It is clear to me that outrage should be directed in this direction instead of the private market. Below is the complete article by Dan Mitchell:

Based on Where the Top 1 Percent Lives, the Occupy Crowd Should Be Protesting Against Big Government

Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell

I’ve written before about how big government is enriching people in the Washington metropolitan area. This is for two reasons.

First, bureaucrats are paid too much, getting twice as much compensation, on average, as people in the productive sector of the economy.

Second, lobbyists, contractors, and interest groups have figured out how to get lucrative positions at the federal trough.

A new report from MSN Money illustrates how the political elite is getting very rich by plundering honest Americans. America has 3,033 counties, and they identified the 15 richest jurisdictions from that list.

Of those 15 super-elite counties (the top 1/2 of one percent), 10 are in the Washington metropolitan area. I’ve identified them with stars in the map.

You may be wondering, by the way, about the location of the other counties in the top 15. Well, four of them are suburbs of New York City, meaning that they are home to rich Wall Street people who mooched from the taxpayers thanks to TARP bailouts and other subsidies.

So if you really want to be cynical, you could count them as auxiliary counties of Washington, DC. That’s probably an unfair conclusion, but TARP was unfair to honest and hard-working people, so I don’t feel too guilty.

As far as I can tell, the only untarnished jurisdiction in the top 15 is Douglas County, Colorado. And given that these are the folks who are implementing a good school choice plan, it seems that we have a group of productive people who also believe in doing the right thing.

For more information about the overcompensation of bureaucrats, this video is loaded with information.

There Are too Many Bureaucrats and They Are Paid too Much

Uploaded by on Jun 1, 2010

America has too many bureaucrats and they are dramatically overpaid. This mini-documentary uses government data to show how federal, state, and local governments are in fiscal trouble in part because of excessive pay for a bloated civil service.

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Most important of all, remember that any proposals to increase government spending will further widen the income gulf between the political elite and regular Americans. And any initiative to boost the tax burden would lead to the same result.

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