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Who We Are

Occupy Wall Street

We are the masses who don’t require millions of dollars to be happy.

We are the masses who don’t need a 3000 square foot house to sleep well at night.

We are the masses who think a mountain of debt is not a healthy future for anyone.

We are the masses who know that a better society is possible.

We are the masses who think peace is a better solution than war.

We are the masses who choose to use our energy to lift up our brothers, rather than hold them down to lift up ourselves.

We are the masses who don’t think it’s right for a few to make massive profits at the expense of the many.

We are the masses who simply request that the basic needs of all our brothers and sisters be met.

We are the masses who think education and healthcare are good for everyone.

We are the masses who know that our country has the resources, the ingenuity, and the integrity to improve life for everyone in America.

We are the masses who understand that improving another person’s life improves the entire society.

We are the masses who are tired of being ignored.

*Feel free to add your own “We are” lists in the comments section.

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!