Debra J. Saunders

The Occupy Wall Street movement has its standouts, too. Its website features an unofficial list of demands, which include not only a universal single-payer health care system and free college education but also open borders, "immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness for all" and outlawing all credit reporting agencies. Former Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers issued a "collective statement" that "a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power." So don't tell me that the right has a monopoly on crazy talk.

Or that the Dems, unlike the GOP, don't have a problem with their base.

Besides, though the manifestos provide plenty of fodder for scoffing, they distract from the protest's sad personal stories. The "We Are The 99 Percent" shows a gallery of anguish felt by people who are struggling -- even losing the struggle -- to stay above water.

Now, I think these folks are wrong to believe that more government from Washington is the answer to their problems. They say they want to restore the American dream, but their remedy looks too much like the Greek nightmare.

As Russo noted, "their big claim is that they think we need to have a bigger, more intrusive government in our lives." After four years of George W. Bush and Obama's increasing federal spending exponentially while the economy floundered, it should be clear that model has failed. Mainstream America will not follow the occupier playbook.

Voters may sympathize with these unemployed kids -- but they're not going to toss them the keys to the car.

As Jobs advised students in his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, you may be scared and you will make mistakes, but "don't be trapped by dogma."

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