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Forum Post: Big Government Addiction Perils

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 3, 2011, 6:33 p.m. EST by BJS3D (95) from Eugene, OR
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As much as I admire the ideology behind the unified protests, I have a less than optimistic view of the outcome. I watched the expressions of those of the elite as citizens marched and, frankly, I saw nothing but amusement in their eyes. They were briefly entertained, but hardly influenced to consider what they were seeing and hardly swayed to concede to the pleas of the downtrodden.

The problem isn't on Wall Street so much as it is in Washington. As long as corporate lobbyists are allowed to continue to 'buy' the power of congress to push their agendas, corporations will continue to do so without prejudice. It is in DC that the stands need to be made.

Congress is addicted to lobbyist donations and seems to be completely immune to the damage caused by the unethical agendas attached. They accept donations, offer aid in pushing agendas and even representation in times of crisis, as with corporate bailouts. We're supposed to be the ones represented and 'bailed out' in times of crisis. Washington has gone astray.

I'm just one voice of the 99% but I'm ready for change. I'm ready to see an honest and accountable US Government emerge.

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[-] 1 points by FreedomRings (1) 2 years ago

The problem is Obama is in bed with Wallstreet corporations. Remember how he gave taxpayer money to Wallstreet.

Getting rid of Obama is priority 1!

[-] 1 points by BJS3D (95) from Eugene, OR 2 years ago

I agree but it doesn't end with that unfortunately. We need to sever the legal link between them that allows for the 'buying' of government officials.

The status quo allows for this. That's what needs to change. Then, when government officials can no longer be bribed, maybe they'll focus on what they've been elected to do; representing the people. The corporations will have to find other ways to evade taxation and other sources for bailouts without using citizen tax dollars.

That would get politics out of bed with corporate agendas and balance the playing field, especially considering that if lobbying no longer hinges on who's got the most cash, everyone has a voice.

[-] 1 points by revg33k (429) from Woodstock, IL 2 years ago

Check this out and follow the link after the edit

These are the demands

http://occupywallst.org/forum/first-official-release-from-occupy-wall-street/

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 2 years ago

the paradox is that only an increased government can solve the problems, if the problems are actually solved government can decrease in size. There are a whole lot of lobbying threads around i wish that people would read the list and respond rather than creating new threads and adding to the disorganization.

[-] 1 points by BJS3D (95) from Eugene, OR 2 years ago

Apologies but... the disorganization seems inherent to the design of this forum. However, if there are a lot more threads like this, then it means that people are catching on to a solid direction.

As for the paradox: I can't speculate to say either way. I don't know how much of lobbyist revenue is relied upon for operations, if any of it. The majority of it seems to flow directly toward campaign funding. No matter, being allowed to approach a government official with a sum of cash to sway his loyalties looks a lot like bribery and it should be held accountable as such.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 2 years ago

agreed.

[-] 1 points by revg33k (429) from Woodstock, IL 2 years ago

I keep trying to direct people to the threads, we will see if it is working.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 2 years ago

thank you. we both will try.