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Forum Post: OWS Charts A New Direction For America...

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 12, 2012, 10:22 a.m. EST by fwankie123 (490) from Immokalee, FL
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More Democracy - A constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's bizarre rulings that under the First Amendment money is speech and corporations are people. Real campaign finance reform with public financing of federal elections. End the filibuster - the continued tyranny of 40, the number of senators who can block action—perhaps representing as little as 10 percent of the American public. End gerrymandering by politicians and turn over redistricting to citizen commitees.

A Fair Federal Tax Code - Introduce progressive taxation where the marginal tax rate should be raised to 50 percent on income between $500,000 and $5 million, 60 percent on income between $5 million and $15 million, and 70 percent on income over $15 million. There should be a 2 percent annual surtax on all fortunes over $7 million. The estate tax should be 55 percent and kicks in after $5 million. Capital gains should be taxed at 35 percent. End the home mortgage deduction on first homes over $1 million. End the home mortgage deduction on all second homes. Corporations should be taxed by a variable amount based on the percentage of their payroll going to US workers. A small business employing 100% US workers should be taxed somewhere between 15-20% while a company that has completely shifted its production overseas should be in the 50% range. Eliminate corporate loopholes, unfair tax breaks, exemptions and deductions, subsidies, end offshore tax haven abuse. Expatriation of capital should be subject to a maximum tax-rate penalty with violation considered a felony act.

Better Schools - Copy Finland. Finland draws its teachers from the top 10 percent of college graduates, and teaching regularly beats out finance, law or medicine as a top career choice among high performers. Finland's teachers study education at government expense and receive strong professional support throughout their careers. Finland's "whatever it takes" attitude towards teaching ensures that no child is left behind. Properly compensate teachers. End tenure and LIFO for k-12 teachers nationwide.

More Jobs - A ten-year federal program that creates over 30 million jobs rebuilding America that includes infrastructure banks run by engineers, not politicians and a massive clean energy initiative that links some of those new jobs to workers in fossil fuel industries who otherwise would be displaced. Pay for it by taxing all Wall St. financial transactions at 1% raises $400 billion a year, end the wars and reduce military spending.

Social Fairness - The fast-growing occupations in America are lower-paying service jobs, like home health care and food service, in which it’s all but impossible to make a living. To lift wages requires generous tax credits for low earners, a higher minimum wage, and guaranteed health care so that wages are not consumed by medical costs. Job training efforts must also focus on the service sector, helping to build so-called career ladders from home health aid to licensed vocational nurse.

End The Housing Crisis - A national anti-foreclosure plan that is up to the scale of the problem would include: Principal write-downs of underwater loans Expanded refinancings for borrowers in high-rate loans Forbearance for unemployed homeowners.

Reduce Financial Risk To Society - Break up the biggest banks. Reenact Glass-Steagall. Abolish credit default swaps. Derivatives must be traded on transparent exchanges. Ban "flash" trading.

Protect The Environment - STRICTLY enforce the Clean Air Act



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[-] 1 points by wigger (-48) 12 years ago

Why do you insist in living in a dream world? If you took ALL the property of every American billionaire and the next 400 multimillionaires you would realize 1.6 trillion dollars, not even to pay our deficit for 2011.

To get even close to your idiot plan you would have to enslave the productive class with high taxes down to about 50k income. The reason that will never happen is because most liberals make 250k or less. That's why you always hear that figure as a cutoff for the "rich".

Union members, government employees, politicians, teachers, cops, longshoremen, auto workers, media, all of them would be affected and that ain't gonna happen, 250k will remain the cut off.

To finance 90% of the bullshit progressives want you would have the tap the real middle class, the unions and government and media and you can forget that.

You will most likely die cold and broke if you are successful but your union betters won't. :)

[-] 1 points by pullmyfinger (-6) 12 years ago

Oh yea...you guys are "charting the course"

cuckoo cuckoo

[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

Jesus Christ your taxes only help you.

[-] 1 points by fwankie123 (490) from Immokalee, FL 12 years ago

well stated!



[+] -7 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

Isn't our suicide rate high enough for you?

Not at all - I want to see righties leaping** from tall buildings everywhere*





[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

Trends right toward communism.


[-] 1 points by kingscrossection (1203) 12 years ago

What's your take on Ayn Rand?

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

No. But it is helping to raise the awareness for getting money out of politics in order to enact real campaign finance reform.

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

you are another right wing stooge and if I were my all time fav anti-hero Sid 6.7 I'd reach right through the fiber optics and slap you silly . . .

and then we could all sit back and laugh and be entertained at the sight of you babbling out of the back side of your head . . .

  • repeliKans are liars

  • repeliKans with their process of deregulation have fucked the American public.

  • repeliKans continue to lie about Global Warming

  • repeliKans will soon reap the harvest they have sown

The people are coming. You can't stop it. You can't avoid it. And in fact, you will benefit.

Unless of course, you get in the way. Then there's just no tellin'.


[+] -7 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

You don't work. That would be another misrepresentation of information specifically so that you could be a dick.


[+] -7 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

I'm pretty sure that you are misrepresenting your true status--as usual. You are waiting on your social security check. You're entirely too stupid to be in the 1%.

[-] 1 points by fairforall (279) 12 years ago

but stupid enough to be in the 99%? I'm sure that's not how you meant it.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

Oh, this little group doesn't want to be called the 99% and I wouldn't dream of offending him. He is a troll. Period.

[-] 1 points by fairforall (279) 12 years ago

be definition, if you're not in the 1%, you're in the 99.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

Obviously. But, they don't like that. So, you spend your time explaining that to all the posters that scream and cry about how dare anyone claim to represent them. I did that already. So, now, I am more than happy to oblige.

[+] -7 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

wow, that's great. Seriously, I'm for 98% of what you have here - my only dispute is with some of the tax percentages. I'm not sure what percentages may be necessary to both pay down the debt, and properly fund the initiatives you have listed, I would only say that our tax structure must be competitive with other nations.

Other than that, I love it.

Here's my list:

  • End corporate personhood, and campaign finance reform - Sanders Amendment:

  • on the economy -

    • If they engaged in fraud - they see the judge, and the sentencing better be in line with the crime, and had better include serious restitution

    • End the foreclosures.

    • End the philosophy of a deregulated economic system - from the Universities to the policy makers

  • two step approach to the issue of national debt:

    • short term: end bushite tax breaks and corporate welfare

    • long term: restructure / simplify the tax code so that it is competitive for businesses to do business and keep their money here; and pays down the debt, and keeps social security solvent

  • the Patriot Act etcetera

    • quit fucking around with the issue of terrorism - it's a crime, unless you happen to catch them on an actual battlefield - and if it is a crime, treat them in accordance with our criminal laws. No more indefinite detention

    • Close Gitmo - we've got large pens practically empty in the mid west. I'm sure they can handle it. Stop fucking around.

  • We need an energy policy uninfluenced by fossil fuel industry, one that takes into account the fact of global warming, and institutes a NASA like approach to solving both our need for energy and the need to reduce atmospheric carbon

    • No KeyStone Pipeline
  • Given corporate shenanigans and their affect on public policy and adverse social consequences, the following must all be secured in public, rather than private, hands.

     + energy production, 
     + telecommunications, 
     + economic infrastructure, 
     + public health care 
  • No downsizing the Postal Service - the Vermont delegation to Congress is actually active on this issue

  • end debate over entitlements I'm sick of hearing about it as if it were dirty. Forget privatization of social security and just shoot the next bastard who suggests otherwise [speaking for myself of course.]

  • No to internet censorship in any form legitimate claims of copyright infringement can be pursued using current legal means

  • end the two party political system

  • we need to provide stiff and compelling sanction to corporations that engage in disinformation - as with the tobacco industry before and the fossil fuel industry now [and for the past 10-20 years]

  • regulatory reform - we must have regulations that are functional and fully funded, not dysfunctional and sabotaged from two separate directions at once, with the ultimate goal of ensuring a wide variety of:

    • consumer protection

    • FDA

    • EPA

    • ect