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Forum Post: List of Goals for Occupy Wall Street

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 13, 2011, 4:30 p.m. EST by Jimbobahamas (0)
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List of Goals for Occupy Wall Street; 1) Free and fair elections. Public funding only, with real debates like we were taught in high school and college with debate teams and references and relevant issues that are strictly adhered to. 2) Get the corporate money out of elections. Create public election channels that would be the venue for debate and campaign education. No paid advertising on corporate media channels. With public funding and public campaign channels there will be no need to solicit special interest or corporate campaign funds. By doing this our elected officials will not be “owned”, or owe favors to special interest groups or corporations. 3) After election there should be no financial or gifting requirements to meet privately with elected officials. We realize that elected officials need to meet with experts when evaluating new legislation. When these meetings or consultations are necessary, representatives from all organizations that feel they have an interest in the pending legislation should have the option to send official representatives of their choice to a venue where all interested parties will debate the pending legislation so that the elected officials can properly understand the concerns of all parties both public and private. 4) Televised, public and transparent investigations into the financial meltdown, mortgage derivatives, who knew what, when and why the decisions were made to bail out private institutions with taxpayer money, what the taxpayers are getting in return, and what is being done to ensure that this type of situation does not happen again. 5) Televised, public and transparent investigations into Social Security funding, history of that funding, how those funds were managed and borrowed from, and a truthful assessment of how much actual liquid assets are available to continue dividend payments. Replacement of all funding that has been borrowed from the Social Security Fund and a secure low risk investment policy to help grow those funds.
6) Foreign relations that will allow the US to compete in World Trade. For too long we have had to compete with countries that do not have to pay living wages and benefits, provide safe and sanitary working conditions, or operate their corporations in an environmentally responsible manner. The cost of producing goods while at the same time taking Care of the people that allow them to continue to operate and keep our environment clean is expensive. We will never be able to compete, and will continue to lose jobs to countries that do not provide these basic human and environmental conditions. Corporations will continue to move their manufacturing centers to these countries and American workers will continue to lose jobs, and the ones they have will continue to pay smaller and smaller wages.



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[-] 2 points by changeinmotion2 (66) from Portland, ME 12 years ago

Here are some more thoughts on what we need to act on and move on: Demand new SEC REGULATION that will disallow Golden Parachute awards to SENIOR Execs - Rid the BONUS plans to Senior execs. --- 1. MAKE every CORPORATION sitting on a stock index to BUILD their CORPORATE Balance sheet to now include "%" revenue going back to community - Feed the HUNGRY- clothe the poor and provide community with first OPPORTUNITY for any and all job openings/new hires they have; 2. PUBLISH every single employee salary, job titles- This now becomes public information to instill a new level of trust; this alone will BREAK Corporations of "feathering their nests" with their buddies from a company they just left - MAKE THEM hire Executive level individuals RESPONSIBLY 3. CAP EXECUTIVE SALARIES - No one in a publicly traded company can make over $300,000. CEO, CIO, CFO capped at $300K; COO' and any other Chief officers of the company capped at $250K; Senior VP's capped at $200K. BONUS Packages voted on by the employees. - When a CEO fails YOU DO NOT GET A BONUS PACKAGE. You DO NOT GET REWARDED FOR FAILURE a. When you establish the CAP on salaries you then put a plan in motion to remove a dividend plan and motion to change with a profit sharing plan that INCLUDES every employee in the company. i. The left over revenue and profit will now be divided out first a percentage goes to every employee EQUALLY - no one deserves any more than another ii Another percentage goes to community caring projects - charities that are chosen by the employees - VOTE internally - and come up with a few choice ways for the CORPORATION to give back to their community at large This is a start to CHANGING our SYSTEMS that have grown corrupt and full of GREED. Please write this to every congressperson you can - send this message out ... we 99%'ers need to take action now and drive this change. NO MORE CORPORATE GREED _ it ends now!

[-] 2 points by PrescottSmall (2) from Houston, TX 12 years ago

Occupy Wall Street members and supporters need to get organized, hold caucuses and set an agenda by vote with goals and milestones that are clear and easy to follow. The ideas also have to be easy to communicate and remember. Simply form a local process of referendums by written submission, meet by local regions, precincts or whatever to have an actual face to face meeting reviewing all written submissions and using yeah or nay votes to form a single local list, forward the list to a more centralized county and then state levels, then have a national caucus. Repeat the process till there is one unified list of goals.

Now you have a platform.

I would love to find a way to perform such a feat online, but the process would be expensive and complicated in order to have proper vetting and integrity of vote data.

Public non-fee based internet voting (Facebook for example) will lack serious credibility and vetting.

Pick something, frame it, communicate it, the occupiers are already doing something.

[-] 2 points by fairleft (5) 12 years ago

I don't think you fully understand Social Security and its funding problems. Think of it this way: the Social Security 'trust fund' now has an enormous mountain of U.S. government bonds in its safe. U.S. bonds are the most secure investment in the world, since the U.S. govt has never defaulted on those obligations. But no, the trust fund doesn't have 'liquid assets', which would be the investment equivalent of stuffing money under your mattress. Instead it has loaned money, at interest, to the U.S. government. With that enormous wealth Social Security can fully fund all its obligations for the next 30-40 years. If we simply removed the regressive taxation cap on Social Security payroll tax contributions, we'd have a permanent surplus and could increase social security payments to oldsters, which we should do. Social Security payments are too small, as anyone in the real world and not inside the Beltway knows.

[-] 2 points by myne (23) from Fitzroy, VIC 12 years ago

There doesn't need to be any goal but one.

Unite and educate the 99%.

That is all it will take. The corrupt systems will collapse on their own without the weight of the people holding them up.

When the cronies have no support, genuine capitalism will work.

[-] 2 points by DiNksterDee (2) 12 years ago

add to #6 Corporate Tax Reform: Our Corporate Tax codes are currently very low tax rates and incentives for outsourcing jobs vs incredibly high corporate tax rates for keeping jobs in the USA U.S.-based multinationals typically pay far less than the nominal U.S. tax rate due to various tax credits and incentives that push income overseas and we should also crack down on multinationals' tax-shelter abuses

[-] 2 points by MadMavenNYC (26) 12 years ago

From - http://www.getmoneyout.com/

Constitutional Amendment for public debate:

"No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office."

[-] 2 points by tr289 (916) from Chicago, IL 12 years ago

1 - 3... This is a more in depth and more thought out version of exactly what i have been saying for years ...

If we do not remove the money from Washington, nothing else matters. What ever we may change will just be undone or new rules made by those that can afford to buy our politicians. I hate to say it like this, If OWS does not get the money out of Washington, the OWS movement failed.

[-] 2 points by Teacher (469) 12 years ago

Let's start with number 1.

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

Excellent! Where do I sign up? Keep up the good work, guys & gals! We ARE America!

[-] 1 points by mikenlesfitz (1) from East Orange, NJ 12 years ago

End energy speculation-eliminate inflation. Eliminate inflation-goods and services become affordable. Affordable G&S-more demand-jobs. Remember, there is no oil shortage.

[-] 1 points by NosferatX (11) 12 years ago

Replace Free and Fair with....Free, Fair and IRV(Instant Runoff Voting) elections and I will agree with the rest.

[-] 1 points by Maxx (8) 12 years ago

I believe the Goals are good, here's why: Corporations are organizations without conscious that have the sole purpose of increasing profit – and that’s a good thing in general. Corporation cannot/ should not compromise that goal for ANY reason. They need to focus on next quarter’s profit or perish; forget the social consequences, future generations, or the environment. They need to stay true to their shareholders without breaking the law. Manipulation of the rules that govern corporation is one of the best ways to increase profit. Corporate laws are weak or not enforced. Its no longer a government “by the people for the people”, but moving ever closer to the golden rule “he who has the gold, makes the rules”. We need to stop the corporations from manipulating the gov’t laws - that is the root of all the issues that have come to pass. So what all 99'rs need to agree on is something like this: A) Laws to stop Corporate Donations to Politicians. B) Laws to stop Corporate Lobbying (Occupy “K” street - where the Lobbyists live). C) Reverse legislation that gave Corporations the same rights as human beings (they are in-humane by nature) Maxx

[-] 1 points by kazoo55 (195) from Rijs, FR 12 years ago

Pretty pointless unless OWS forum offers some kind of VOTING. I've seen dozens of similar proposals but they have all passed down to the twilight zone where orphaned demand proposal lists wander around all alone in the dark 'til eternity. That is no way to treat any proposal list; they all need attention and a chance to grow, do't you think?

[-] 1 points by atki4564 (1259) from Lake Placid, FL 12 years ago

Exactly. Many more people will come to your side when you are proactive (for “new” Business & Government solutions), instead of reactive (against “old” Business & Government solutions), which is why what we most immediately need is a comprehensive “new” strategy that implements all our various socioeconomic demands at the same time, regardless of party, and although I'm all in favor of taking down today's ineffective and inefficient Top 10% Management System of Business & Government, there's only one way to do it – by fighting bankers as bankers ourselves; that is, using a Focused Direct Democracy organized according to our current Occupations & Generations. Consequently, I have posted a 1-page Summary of the Strategically Weighted Policies, Organizational Operating Structures, and Tactical Investment Procedures necessary to do this at:




because we need 100,000 “support clicks” at AmericansElect.org to support a Presidential Candidate -- such as any given political opportunist you'd like to draft -- in support of the above bank-focused platform.

Most importantly, remember, as cited in the first link, that as Bank Owner-Voters in your 1 of 48 "new" Business Investment Groups (or "new" Congressional Committees) you become the "new" Congress replacing the "old" Congress according to your current Occupation & Generation, called a Focused Direct Democracy.

Therefore, any Candidate (or Leader) therein, regardless of party, is a straw man, a puppet; it's the STRATEGY – the sequence of steps – that the people organize themselves under, in Military Internet Formation of their Individual Purchasing & Group Investment Power, that's important. In this, sequence is key.

Why? Because there are Natural Social Laws – in mathematical sequence – that are just like Natural Physical Laws, such as the Law of Gravity. You must follow those Natural Social Laws or the result will be Injustice, War, etc.

The FIRST step in Natural Social Law is to CONTROL the Banks as Bank Owner-Voters. If you do not, you will inevitably be UNJUSTLY EXPLOITED by the Top 10% Management Group of Business & Government who have a Legitimate Profit Motive, just like you, to do so.

Consequently, you have no choice but to become Candidates (or Leaders) yourselves as Bank Owner-Voters according to your current Occupation & Generation.

So please JOIN the 2nd link so we can make our support clicks at AmericansElect.org when called for, at exactly the right time, by an e-mail from that group, in support of the above the bank-focused platform. If so, then you will see and feel how your goals can be accomplished within the above strategy as a “new” Candidate (or Leader) of your current Occupation & Generation.