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Occupy Wall Street: List of Demands Part I

Wall Street Occupation

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:

  1. They should be immediately changeable
  2. They should be largely uncontroversial amongst the protesters
  3. They should have evidence to back up their effectiveness

Here is a list of some of the most popular and usable solutions so far:

JOB CREATION:

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.

TAXES:

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.

Occupy Wall Street War Spending

Putting the Annual Cost of War in Perspective (Source: New York Times)

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!

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About RChandlerBrown

Writer, world traveler, technology and sceince geek, armchair philosopher

Discussion

One thought on “Occupy Wall Street: List of Demands Part I

  1. I am behind you are the way. We will have to rewrite some of the rules of the constitution so that the representative democracy will someday represents all social classes, not just one. We will have to change how federal representatives are even elected. And yes, there will eventually have to be a balanced budgement ammendment, but not just to favor the rich tea partiers. I am going to work on a document of how to create a more balanced elected group of representatives that cannot be owned by corporate interest groups only. And the military budget could be cut in half instantly. We cannot be the world policeman placing a video camera in every home of the world to see if they are building a bomb.
    Dr. Leland Morrison
    University of Colorado

    Posted by Dr. Leland Morrison | November 9, 2011, 5:07 pm

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