The one thing uniting the protests is a sense of being wronged by the financial system and the political system designed to protect us. What has not been forged yet is a common set of principles and political changes that the protesters agree upon.
Demands must have the following attributes:
- They should be immediately changeable
- They should be largely uncontroversial amongst the protesters
- They should have evidence to back up their effectiveness
Here is a list of some of the most popular and usable solutions so far:
1. Subsidize the creation of new jobs, not just companies: give companies a subsidy for each newly hired employee
Example: government pays up to 50% of salaries for newly hired employees, up to $15,000 per year. (If your new salary is $20,000 per year, the government pays your company $10,000, if it is $30,000 per year, the government pays $15,000, if it is $100,000 per year, the government pays $15,000)
This pumps money directly into the workforce, and every cent goes to new workers. That money will then be immediately spent in the form of consumer spending, and much of it will return to the government through taxes.
2. Reward companies for keeping employees until retirement.
3. Discourage layoffs with increased taxes on companies that layoff workers while increasing executive compensation.
1. Increase taxes on the rich according to a graduated tax system.
2. Increase taxes on investments of the rich according to a graduated tax system which does not affect small investors or retirees (investments of less than $1 million).
3. Limit the growth of executive compensation by increasing taxes on corporate executives when their compensation exceeds a certain % of the average salary at their company. Executives should not be making 100 times the salary of regular employees. The more executives pay their employees, the more they can pay themselves.
WAR & PEACE:
1. Get our military out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Spend that $2 billion per week on rebuilding America.
2. Don’t train an army that can fight against us; train teachers and build schools. Educate the people so they can build lives for themselves, not armies.
3. Stop invading other countries and fighting wars that we can’t afford!