Posted 12 years ago on Sept. 27, 2011, 11:51 a.m. EST by jjdevo
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I agree that their needs to be a well articulated message about what we want to change. Here are my4 main issues (my 2 cents) to contribute to the discussion:
- Corporations are not people and do not deserve to be protected by the Bill of Rights. A law, maybe a Constitutional Amendment, needs to restrict and spell out rights and obligations of corporations and their directors. A person or persons need to be able to be held accountable for the actions of these corporations. Campaign finance reform should severely limit corporate donors and lobbyist access and influence of politicians.
- Banking regulation to protect middle class Americans. Reign-in bank fees for simple accounts and transactions. (Right now BOA charges a fee to cash a check written by one of its customers if you are not also a customer.) Punish banks who used fraud in approving, underwriting, and packaging mortgages. Force all illegal loans to be submitted to court for re-modification.
- Taxes should be fair. End corporate tax evasion. End exemptions from income tax to hedge fund managers and investors. There should be no difference in taxes on income if it is made through investing or working.
- Save Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare by raising the maximum contribution. Right now only the poor and middle class pay these taxes on their entire income. The very wealthy pay relatively little toward Social Security but these programs provide national social stability and help keep the elderly and ill from poverty and homelessness.