We The People

Here is what I hope we can agree on.

1. We need to get our fiscal house in order. We cannot keep running deficits.
2. At our core is the Judeo/Christian belief that we should help our neighbor. This includes helping him to help himself.
3. All men, and women, are created equal.
4. We still believe in freedom of religion.
5. Government derives its power from the consent of all the governed and not just those controlling the wealth.

Until the 275-million plus of us sitting on the sidelines and not demanding our rights take action, nothing will change for the better. It is up to us, the people. OUR LEADER IS US!

Occupy Wall Street Awake

Here is how it is.

Here is what must be done.

1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
3. Bring Our Deficit Under Control and amend tax code!

The above are long term goals that will eventually bring more equally to the economy. The above goals will not be accomplished overnight and we need to do something that will bring the unemployment rate down now. We need to invest in infrastructure for our future and for jobs now. Read More

Buying Elections!

The political war in Wisconsin points to a bigger problem. The republicans outspent the Democrats three to one.

The Governor bought the election legally. This is not a new trend. To some extent it is how the democrats gained power with the unions pooling their members money and resources. The labor law worked in their favor.

Today, it is the wealthy buying elections as a result of the Citizens United case at the Supreme Court. In both scenarios, buying of elections corrupts our system and needs to be stopped. It will not be stopped by our politicians because they are the ones benefiting.

It is not a coincidence that the increase in the cost of elections has occurred as free markets have been weakened by oligopolies controlling more and more industries.

We are now seeing the results of the so-called Super PACS. We had one billionaire financing a major portion of Gingrich’s campaign. Romney’s campaign is being financed by huge contributions from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms. The news media is reporting that Obama will be spending a billion dollars on his reelection campaign. One man one vote is being replaced by one dollar one vote.

This must change and here is how.

1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
3. Bring Our Deficit Under Control and amend tax code!

Here is how it can happen using the momentum of OWS. http://bit.ly/FF1204oa2

OWS and Abramoff

Occupy Wall Street has made this nation aware that our political and economic systems are broken and needs fixing. Jack Abramoff, a former Washington lobbyist and convicted felon for bribing Congress and violating federal campaign laws, does not know how he will pay his $44-millon fine and make amends for all the wrongs he has done. I have a suggestion.

Mr. Abramoff has the experience, knowledge and contacts to help OWS bring about the necessary political and economic changes to make America the envy of the rest of the world again. The changes needed include:

1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
3. Bring Our Debt under control and amend tax code!

Below is a video of Mr. Abramoff being interviewed about his corrupt past on 60 minutes It is this past that makes him the perfect candidate to solve the problem

If this does not convince you political reform is needed; nothing will.

Do you think anything has changed?

SDS and OWS

Per an article in the New Your Times comparing Occupy Wall Street to the Students For a Democratic Society;

“Kalle Lasn was 20 in 1962. Today, he is the editor of Adbusters, whose Twitter tag #OccupyWallStreet branded the movement last summer. He does not feel the Occupy movement needs to look to the Port Huron statement for guidance. “If you ask me what is the most powerful, personal and collective feeling of people in the Occupy movement, it is a feeling of gloom and doom, that they’re looking toward a black hole future,” Mr. Lasn said. “I’m not quite sure we need a manifesto to say that.”” Sam Roberts, New Yourk Times, March 5, 2011

The difference between the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is SDS marched and took action. So far, OWS has marched, but has taken no action. Much of the action taken by SDS was violent and I did not, nor do I now, condone violent action. They also had a purpose of convincing this country to get out of Viet Nam and forcing the nation to better take care of the needs and wants of the people.

If OWS is going to make any progress, they must have some goals and they need a leader to coordinate the group to take the appropriate political action. They have done well so far making the country aware of our income disparity, which is not sustainable. Now they need to find an Alan Simpson type leader to solidify the group so it can develop sound goals and an action plan to make it happen.

Please note I am not advocating the objectives of OWS come from this high profile leader. I am advocating the leader makes sure that solid objectives are agreed to.

1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
3. Bring Our Deficit under Control and amend tax code!

The above are long-term goals that will eventually bring more equally to the economy. The above goals will not be accomplished overnight and we need to do something that will bring the unemployment rate down now. A good start is President Obama’s jobs bill with some modifications brought about by sound ideas brought about by members of Congress and the Senate.

The purpose of a jobs bill, or any stimulus package, is not to directly create jobs that will be long lasting. Instead, its purpose is to create temporary jobs that will increase demand for goods and services. This in turn will create an atmosphere where the private sector will create jobs to meet the new demand created by the stimulus. Businesses will add to their work force because their profits will increase because they can sell more products. More: http://goo.gl/yFYDb