Friday, November 11, 2011

RE: CarrieD Away With Politics: We are the 99%

 While it's true that Wall Street protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary, I believe that vying for personal bailouts goes against the origin of the movement. Ron Paul (R-TX) wrote, "In bailing out failing companies, they are confiscating money from productive members of the economy and giving it to failing ones." Why would you want to "take from you to give to you?"
 While it is true that democracy is waning, there are many other ways to influence the system without asking for handouts. Want to break the two-party duopoly? Petition against the Electoral College. Want to get corporation's hands out of the electoral cookie jar? Sign the petition for a constitutional amendment reversing the decision made in the Citizens United vs. F.E.C. court case. Interested in exposing corruption? Support the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to audit the Fed.
 There is a lack of specific policy demands and no formal leadership of the Occupy Wall Street group. If we want to see changes we need to work for them, not sleep on the street.
 I am the 53% (of Americans who earn enough income to pay federal income taxes.) Key word there being AMERICAN, the movement, after all, was started by Canadians.
I take responsibility for my misfortunes and while I understand people have been hurt by corporate greed, I believe there is a need to take further action than pointing fingers.

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