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Forum Post: OWS Needs Direction! 10 Excellent Ideas All OWS Members Can Rally Around

Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 16, 2012, 8:25 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.

  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 bensdad (8977) 6 years ago


Because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision,
we cannot accomplish anything significant,
without FIRST ending corporate personhood.
Because 83% of Americans already agree on it - we don’t have to explain or persuade people to accept our position – we only have to persuade them to ACT based on their own position. Pursuing this goal will prove to the world that we, at OWS, are a serious realistic Movement, with serious realistic goals.
Achieving this goal will make virtually every other goal –
jobs, taxes, infrastructure, Medicare – much easier to achieve –
by disarming our greatest enemy – GREED.
I feel that using the tactics of the NRA, the AARP an the TP – who all represent a minority – who have successfully used their voting power to achieve their minority goals - plus the Prohibition Amendment tactics – bringing all sides together - is a straight path for us to success

Join the Restore Democracy Working Group ………….( even if you are not near NYC )

Plan details http://bit.ly/vK2pGI

regular meetings Wednesdays 6-8PM @ 60 Wall St – The Attrium

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

people can get around estate tax by gifting the inheritor before they die

capital gains tax should be on a graduating scale like income tax

[-] 0 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 6 years ago

No to 6,7, and 9. Otherwise I agree.


[-] 0 points by kylelee34 (48) 6 years ago

You do realize that wealthy people and corperations have other options then just the US right? Wall Street is not the only stock market people can invest on.

Albert Einstien and many other scientists came to the US because of the way the Jews were being treated in Germany, the end result was we ended with the best R&D and Germany lost the war.

Your plan sounds like a great way to make sure that all the worlds capital, wealth, and industrial capacity leave the US and go to China...good job.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Really, all the most productive scientists (in terms of applied sciences) were German scientists (who came over to our side after we defeated Germany). Einstein was obviously a great scientist, but he was a theoretical scientist. Sort of like Stephen Hawking, sells a bunch of books, but some other guy (who's name few remember) invented the microwave oven :)



[-] -1 points by tomahawk99 (-26) 6 years ago

1) rubbish 2) ok 3) ok 4) Reenact Glass-Steagall part ok 5) rubbish 6) rubbish 7) rubbish 8) ok if get rid of teacher unions. 9) rubbish 10) rubbish

[-] 0 points by DavidGilbert (64) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

tom - you show some signs of intelligent life.

[-] -1 points by tomahawk99 (-26) 6 years ago

that's why conservatives will win, they are open minded.