Below are the “Demands” from Occupy Wall Street. The demands were articulated from a person who lives in Martha’s Vineyard and is owner at Martha’s Vineyard Organics. It must be Hell living in Martha’s Vineyard. For the sake of brevity, I will select the most entertaining demands.
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand four: Free college education.
Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
It’s not clear how Obama feels about this movement, although they share similar goals. What we do know that Organized Labor has embraced Occupy Wall Street. It’s is not clear that those who are participating in the “Occupation” don’t have a coherent explanation about why they are protesting. Here are a few sad but funny videos.
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Richard Trumka: Speaking on a conference call with reporters, Trumka said the labor movement backs the goals of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City and elsewhere and will work with such groups “to make the top 1% pay their share.”
Jimmy Hoffa: “No one should be surprised that Occupy Wall Street is gaining support and spreading quickly around the country. The American Dream has disappeared for students, whose reality is debt and unemployment. The dream disappeared for workers forced to take wage cuts by employers sitting on billions of dollars in profits. The dream disappeared for working families who paid too steep a price for Wall Street’s greed, stupidity and fraud.“It’s clear what this movement is all about. It’s about taking America back from the CEOs and billionaires on Wall Street who have destroyed our nation’s economy. It’s about creating good jobs. It’s about corporate America treating its workers and customers with honesty and fairness and paying its fair share to stimulate the economy.“Teamsters all over the country are participating in Occupy Wall Street events, and I support and encourage them. We stand in solidarity with Americans who want better lives for themselves and for future generations.”
Anti Capitalism stooge Michael Moore chimes in: I think that, not only is this going to continue, these cities that you mentioned. This is what is so wonderful about this. There really isn’t anything driving this other than what Wall Street has done and what those who are in charge of our economy have done. They weren’t just happy enough with multi-billions, they wanted tens of hundreds of billions, maybe even trillions, so –“
One can understand their frustration, as the current administration policies and regulations discourage business from hiring the unemployed. In fact, only 58% of the population is employed. That’s down from 63% when Obama was elected. That’s a lot of jobs that have disappeared. What I don’t understand is the focus of the anger on the banks. Rather than being in bed with the government, the banks are more likely to see the government as an adversary instead of a allie.
We need Government policies that will grow the economy resulting in higher tax revenues, and create jobs. I think it’s safe to say, that such policies are unlikely to be advanced under the Obama administration. Their idea of job creation is to tax the rich and use that money to “create” jobs. Robbing Peter to pay Paul has never been a successful economic policies. The last 2 plus years is evidence of the failed policy of redistribution. I would suggest the protesters change their strategy and “Occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” That’s where the anger should be focused.