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Forum Post: OWS Needs A Specific Political Agenda. 10 Policy Ideas All OWS Members Can Agee On

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 7, 2012, 8:12 a.m. EST by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL
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  1. A constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's bizarre rulings that under the First Amendment money is speech and corporations are people.

  2. Real campaign finance reform with public financing of federal elections.

  3. End gerrymandering by politicians and turn over redistricting to citizen committees.

  4. Reduce financial risks to society by breaking up the biggest banks. Reenact Glass-Steagall. Abolish credit default swaps. Derivatives must be traded on transparent exchanges. Ban "flash" trading.

  5. A ten-year federal program that creates over 30 million jobs rebuilding America that includes new infrastructure, a new national power grid and clean energy initiatives. Pay for it by taxing all Wall St. financial transactions at 1% raises $400 billion a year.

  6. To create a living wage will require generous tax credits for low earners, a higher minimum wage, and guaranteed health care so that wages are not consumed by medical costs. Pay for it by ending the war in Afghanistan and reducing military spending substantially.

  7. Create a progressive federal tax code where the marginal tax rate is 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. Eliminate corporate loopholes, unfair tax breaks, exemptions and deductions, subsidies, end offshore tax haven abuse.

  8. Create better schools by properly compensating effective teachers. We should draw teachers from the top 10 percent of college graduates. Teachers should study education at government expense and receive strong professional support throughout their careers. Advocate universal prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten and extending the school day and school year.

  9. Protect the environment by STRICTLY enforcing the Clean Air Act.

  10. Enhance personal freedoms by repealing the Patriot Act.

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[-] 2 points by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

this list is prioritized

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago
[-] 1 points by chuck1al (1074) from Flomaton, AL 2 years ago

@ DavidGilbert: I for one agree.

[-] 1 points by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

thanks

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (6828) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Good list, on number one, I think it might be quicker to appoint say two Justices that believe that “All Citizens are People” and “people” are the result of biological processes not legal ones. So adding 2 gives us 11 and I’m sure we would hold 4 so 6-5 right?

[-] 1 points by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

the conservative justices are rather young

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (6828) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

YES, esp. the Chief, that surpised me, before the election I was warning eveybody about "Chief Justice Salila" I should of realized, that he would bring in someone younger to fill that role. I was stuck in my old union way of thinking that you give it to the best/most experienced person, I should have remembered the GOP has never been about rewarding hard work they're about sezing/holding on to power so what do they care about "fair" I'm sure Salilca dosen't mind.

[-] 1 points by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

look at Clarence Thomas

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (6828) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Not now, I was thinking of having breakfast...