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Forum Post: Occupy Wall Street well meaning but misguided II

Posted 3 years ago on Oct. 19, 2011, 7:52 p.m. EST by ZZZZZZZZ (0)
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I am not a 1% goon. In fact, I am of the simplest professions, a small farmer. If you look at the financial officers of our government you find that they have remained relatively unchanged since the Nixon era. Any changes that have been made have simply been to install proteges and proverbial "heirs to the throne". The real problem is that we as a nation, until just recently, have been a largely lacadaisical nation content with the status quo. I freely admit that I have been part of this demographic. We, the People, have allowed our government to spiral out of control. We have not seen this kind of citizen voice since the days of the Revolutionary War and now we are targeting that voice towards Wall St. However, the issue is the same as it was in 1776, taxes and government oppression. Government oppression has just become alot less overt and much more subtle. It is my belief that Wall St. is an entity that we cannot change. It is my belief that the government is something that we can. To use some Wall St. logic, stockholders can sway the direction of a company if they are not satisfied with the way business is being conducted. Well, the government is the company and business of those who subsudize it, the American citizens and taxpayers. It is just my opinion that we should focus on the entity that every American has a stake in, the US government. We are the only nation in the world that can print our way out of debt. This is done through the Fed Reserve which is not Wall St., it is a part of the US government. At this point the government is spending money about as fast as it is being printed. This is flawed logic according to the most basic principles of economics, supply and demand. As the US dollar is the world's reserve currency, the more money we print, the less it is worth, here and throughout the world. The financial districts and the government are intertwined but public control over the financial districts only exists with the stockholders. Public control over the government exists with the people themselves. At least I would like to think so, as I do believe that to be the original idea upon which this country was founded. Washington DC and the suburbs are among the most wealthy of any in the nation. Federal government employees make more per capita than just about anyone else. If we are truly to be a nation for the people, an ideal that I think makes America great, then we should take back what is rightfully ours. What is rightfully ours is not the money that someone or some corporation has made, no matter how they have made it. What is rightfully ours is the people's ability to control and have a say in our own governance. The financial districts of the country are simply a product of the much larger hydra that is our own government. Until the government changes, the financial districts will remain the same and our cries are will continue to fall upon deaf ears.

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[-] 1 points by frankchurch1 (839) from Jersey City, NJ 3 years ago

I know a small farmer, who will be at a bible study I go to on Thursdays. He is with the occupy movements and prays for them.

What you don't get is that big agribusiness is putting small farmers out of business. Then you have Monsanto, who have these genetically modified seeds they patent, where if one of the seeds blows into another farmer's land they can sue the farmer for using their patent. They have put small farmer's out of business from suing. This was in Rolling Stone.

If the movement wasn't working, then why is the mainstream media talking about it.

[-] 1 points by WeHaveDemands (186) 3 years ago

Absolutely, right on the money too...by the way (no pun intended)

[-] 1 points by WeHaveDemands (186) 3 years ago

Radical Campaign Finance Reform: political campaigns fully funded by public funds, no more special interests......THIS is the best concrete FIRST DEMAND...spread it!!!

[-] 1 points by Wildcat682 (178) 3 years ago

Well said