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Forum Post: The free ride is over: Get Off Our Backs! 2012

Posted 2 years ago on March 10, 2012, 2:27 p.m. EST by richardkentgates (3269)
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The assault on wages


The assault on the right to bargain for our share of the pie


The assault on our ability to enforce workers rights


The assault on public employees


The assault on women's health


Not only did we get passed up by every dollar of stimulus, but now they want to fix their mess with the fruits of our labor. We paid for their damage with our tax dollars, and it just wasn't enough. They want more and more and more. They want to live it up, off our backs. It's time to tell them THE FREE RIDE IS OVER.

TO: The 1%

"You can't fix our economy? We can, and we'll show you how."

Step 1

Start paying the true cost of your endeavors, like a fair wage[a], pay your share of taxes[b].

 a. living wage (we Earn it)

 b. subsidies and deductions (keep your hands off our stack)

Step 2

Stop abusing your positions by failing to respect the same freedoms you enjoy. Such as freedom of association[a] and adjusting for inflation every quarter[b].

 a. union busting (no words for this)

 b. wage suppression (you deserve to be spit upon)

Step 3

Stop assaulting half of our society[a] and drumming up laws made to reduce the rights of women[b].

 a. lower average pay for the same job (That somebody's daughter or mother you're stealing from)

 b. Providing healthcare based on what the employer can excuse themselves from (total BS)

Get Off Our Backs! 2012

This is an idea thread. Feel free to make suggestions, kick the tires, pop the hood, take it for a spin.



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[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (22142) 2 years ago

This is a great post, Richard.

How about the assault on "exempt" employees who are not paid for overtime but many of whom are expected to stay late on weeknights and work on week-ends?

Thanks for shedding light on the important issue of worker rights. In many countries the right's of workers are sacred because they know that it is the ability to work for a living wage that is the foundation of a healthy society.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

Step 5....

to those that profited in selling off America's manufacturing ... how about investing into some "new" manufacturing & technologies here at home ?

like "injection molding" ... like "limited production run" manufacturing ... like ....

forget it ;(..... We should do it ourselves ... you had your chance .... too busy in the WSt casino's ... we need a "People's Social Reserve Bank"

[-] 3 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago


[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

please note, I haven't added it because I want this thread to remain on the topic of the assault taking place on our wages and rights. The fact that they are asking for more then the bailout they got, they are asking for the entire ball of wax. There is a lot of focus on macroeconomics in the movement already, we need to add some focus on microeconomics.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

yeah I agree ... let the comments be what they are .. ;)

but I do believe that we, the people & OWS ... need try stop trying to change the 1% ... and stop trying to "expect" anything from them ... they are what they are....

we need to rely on our own resources ... which we have MUCH... if we unite as "The People" ... as "The 99%" ... it IS the only way ...( if we wish to climb out of this mess ) ....

If we as "The People" ... build our own reserve level bank .... it will solve ALL the problems created from lack of capital resource ... and then we "The People" .. can create our OWN corporations that the "greedy & playboys (gamblers)" have NO influence over...

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

A fix to our currency system is in order, and I support the NEED act. But in the spirit of what We can do, maybe there is a simpler way to go about it that doesn't require so many barriers or politicians? How could we replace the function of the FED with the top level of effort being something obtainable by the masses? Could we regulate and operate our macroeconomy with our microeconomy?

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

we could never replace the FED ... impossible ... Kennedy tried to do it when he had the power of the presidency behind him....

the answer is to build a additional "reserve level bank" that runs along side of the Fed

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

He didn't have the support of congress. There is support on both side right now to ditch the FED. We could take over the dollar and dissolve all of the feds claims to any outstanding debt, require them to relinquish any investments they hold in the public's interest. What are they going to do, send a collections notice lol.

[-] 1 points by pewestlake (947) from Brooklyn, NY 2 years ago

The way it'll happen is when a President asks forgiveness instead of permission. The executive branch could steamroll the Fed out of existence in an afternoon by executive order, make it a fact on the ground and challenge the courts or congress to do something about it. By the time anything made it's way through the judicial or legislative process, we'd be well on our way to retiring the debt and replacing Federal Reserve Notes with debt-free US Bank notes. It's not only doable, it's doable in under a week. The conservatives gave rise to the unitary executive. It simply remains for a person of conscience to use it for something positive for a change.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

it's impossible .... all we would do is drive it out of the US... it is controlled by multinational banks and investors...

don't get me wrong.... I do not necessarily believe that the Fed is a bad thing... it IS helping distribute economy globally ...

it's just that the Fed has forgotten the American people....

can we change it ? ....

why even try ? .... easier to build another one for domestic issues ...

seriously... I know what I'm talking about

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

What is easy and what is right, are almost never the same. Doing whats easy at first, is how you end up where we are now.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

maybe ... but often doing something that's too hard ... will never get done...

how do you eat an elephant ? ... one bite at a time ....

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

The best way to not achieve a goal is to make it impossible to obtain. Yes, I realize that but the right thing is never unobtainable. If there is legislation and a petition for it, I would say it's well within reach to do away with the fed.


[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

ok, ok ... Richard ... yes we can dissolve the Fed ... but that would not solve anything... because they will simply re set up off shore ....

and still continue to be as influential on the economies' everywhere ...

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

Who will back their currency? Currently, the dollar is backed by the US. They couldn't offer a currency without a host. How much currency can the islands back?

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

hmmm... well how much currency is in off shore accounts and Swiss bank accounts ?.... globally there is far more currency than the US has ...

think about this.... if we dissolved the Fed ... would any of those who have been profiting from them just give up and walk away ? ... no... they would move... they even stated that back during the bailout discussions ...

the real problem is... that if we are going to get our (the People's) economy back ... we need opportunity (access) for low interest capital ... the banks are not going to give us that ... no matter how much we demonstrate... we need to build that ourselves ...

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

They won't do spit, they'll follow the money like they always do. We keep our currency and backing, they'll stay and play.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

a public display of all employees being able to freely post to each other about the business

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

Like an employer ratings system? Lofty idea.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

like an area when any employee can openly discuss issues about the operations of the business including wage

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

Even loftier!

[-] 1 points by RayLansing (99) 2 years ago

Beautiful post there Richard. It was only a matter of time before people got fed up being exploiting by the 1%. I'm all for more power to the people.

[-] 1 points by incomeforall (64) 2 years ago

We must do everything we can to support our brothers and sisters in government jobs and the unions! We must make it safe for those who toil for the benefit of the rest of us! Our sacrifices will make it a better world for teachers, firemen, policemen, federal government employees, local government employees, state government employees, school administrators, tenured educators, the really important people in our society!

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago


[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

Step 4....

pay back 100% of the bailout money you recieved

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

They did, but their assault continues, and we continue to give ground for a problem we did not create while the perpetrators gain even more ground with the excuse of economic necessity that they created.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

from: http://www.propublica.org/ion/bailout

Outstanding $245 B (40.7% of outflows)

Behind Administration Spin: Bailout Still $123 Billion in the Red

The State of the Bailout

OUTFLOWS: $601 billion This includes money that has actually been spent, invested, or loaned. 40.8% of totalBanks and other Financial Institutions $245 B31.2%Fannie and Freddie $187 B13.3%Auto Companies $80 B11.3%AIG $68 BToxic Asset Purchases $18 B (2.9%)Other $4 B (0.6%)

INFLOWS: $357 billion Money returned and paid to Treasury as interest, dividends, fees or to repurchase their stock warrants. Refunded $280 BRevenues $77 BNet Outstanding $245 B (40.7% of outflows) Our frequently updated database tracks every dollar and every bailout recipient. See our scorecard of Treasury spending. (Here's a rundown of the bailout info our site offers.)

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

LOL, wow. I could have sworn I heard Obama say it was paid back. Stuff like that makes me really glad I voted for him :/

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

I remember Obama was speaking of GM & the biggest banks...

I think over 240 ? banks have paid back in full

[-] 2 points by richardkentgates (3269) 2 years ago

ok, thanks for the clarity. Hope you stick around, info is golden.