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Forum Post: Common Goals Second Bill of Rights

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 25, 2011, 5:01 p.m. EST by IslandActivist (191) from Keaau, HI
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Occupy currently lacks an 'official' list of common goals so I propose we take the time to seriously make goals and/or changes that we would like to see. This won't be an official list, but I think we can all benefit from taking the time to address these goals.

My goals are Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights, however it could use some updating:

"The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education."



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[-] 2 points by dogscats (16) 12 years ago

Perfect and add to that- No One Has The Right To Have More Then That!!!!! And if he does, the cops will take it from him.

[-] 2 points by IslandActivist (191) from Keaau, HI 12 years ago

So there should be somewhat a limit to wealth? I can see that happening as long as it is sensible. There's no reason for a celebrity to have over 60 billion dollars that sit there do nothing while the poor starve to death and our nation once more goes into more debt IMO.

[-] 2 points by dogscats (16) 12 years ago

Years ago it was except able for some to have an excess of wealth- as, natural resources seemed to be unlimited- But today with a world population of 7 billion, we have reached the limit of what this planet can produce- The rich and greedy can only only continue in their lifestyle - if we except the starvation of millions of baby's per day. I can not in good conscience allow that any longer--

[-] 2 points by IslandActivist (191) from Keaau, HI 12 years ago

That is actually spot-on to what I believe. No one really knows about the scarcity of our natural resources and how many are profiting by depleting them. I would really like to see a resource-based economy be implemented at some point.

[-] 2 points by sandyed (8) 12 years ago

you and i know, about the scarcity of the planets natural resources- presently - the worlds rich are fighting each other for a larger piece of a rapidly shrinking pie. Nature will force mankind into A resource-based economy- but only after natural resources equal world population.
Its going to be like a group of large lions fighting over a dead animal (earth) - stand back and watch as they kill each other- then enjoy your meal.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 12 years ago

I hate to sound like any random conservative, but who is supposed to pay for all of this?

[-] 1 points by marq1961 (1) 12 years ago

We can pay for all of this by making big business and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, by the reduction of the budget and waste of our massive massive military, by the elimination of the scandal of medicare part D, by legalizing recreational drugs and taxing the purchasing thereof, by the taking back of our national resources from corporate profiteers, by reinvigorating the middle class with the elimination of unfair trade policies which moves decent wage paying jobs overseas and causes products made elsewhere to undercut those made in the U.S., by allowing true competition by the enforcement of anti-trust laws so that huge corporate conglomerates cannot monopolize the market place..

[-] 1 points by jimmycrackerson (940) from Blackfoot, ID 12 years ago

our children and our childrens' children will definitely pay if we don't do something soon...

but who cares right? as long we get our instant gratification and worry about me me me in the here-and-now it really doesn't fucking matter, does it?

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 12 years ago

That was not an answer. I guess you don't care who pays for it as long as long as its somebody else.

[-] 1 points by IslandActivist (191) from Keaau, HI 12 years ago

I don't have all of the answers, but I suppose it would depend who passed it and how much of it was passed. I presume it would be funded through a publicly managed fund. (As much as anyone would like to say that the Federal Reserve or rich people or major corporations should fund them, I realistically think this wouldn't pass. On the other hand, more taxes could be passed or taxpayer's money could actually become used.)