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Suggested additions to the Occupy Wall Street program

8 October 2011 by Mike Gogulski
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a: repudiate the national debt. enact a balanced budget amendment.

b: end the statutory “limited liability” privilege for all corporate forms. retroactively impose full liability on all corporate tortfeasors (BP, Exxon, Union Carbide, WR Grace, and others).

c: forgive all student loan debt.

d: end “qualified immunity” and other immunities for public officials at every level.

e: prosecute the war criminals and financial criminals of the past decade (at least), plus Kissinger.

f: withdraw from IMF, World Bank, OECD and similar planet-dominating financial cabals.

g: end the drug war. abolish the DEA. release all inmates imprisoned for drug-only offenses.

h: eliminate all law restricting the movement and settlement of homeless people on public lands and abandoned property. strengthen the rights of homesteaders and squatters.

i: cut the defense budget by 2/3 for 2012. close all foreign bases, recall all troops. unilaterally dismantle the nuclear weapons stockpile. merge the Navy into the Coast Guard. scrap every weapons system and program with a range greater than the continental US. defund all weapons development.

j: abolish TSA, DHS, NSA, NRO, FinCen, and replace them with nothing.

k: abolish the Federal Reserve.

l: repeal USA-PATRIOT, the Military Commissions Act and all similar “post-9/11 world” reactionary nonsense.

m: amend the Constitution to require a 75% majority of -all- members to pass new legislation, but only a 50% majority of members present to repeal legislation. ban riders and earmarks.

n: abolish federal block grants to states.

o: ban government pensions for elected officials. limit all other government pensions to $100k/yr.

p: eliminate the income cap on social security contributions.

q: implement means testing for social security retirement payments.

r: simplify the Internal Revenue Code to 50 pages or less. tax dividends and capital gains the same as income.

s: reduce patent and copyright terms to 10 years.

t: repeal all legislation restricting workers from organizing as they see fit.

u: eliminate all foreign aid. cut the State Department budget by 80%. ban diplomats from acting as corporate salesmen.

v: abolish all business subsidies and regulations which benefit big companies to the detriment of small businesses and sole traders, while doing nothing to protect the public.

w: ban all military equipment sales to foreign entities (rifles okay, tanks and gunships not).

x: abolish all law favoring big banks to the detriment of credit unions, local lending mutuals, etc.

y: statehood for DC. statehood or independence for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and all other disenfranchised US possessions.

z: roll back official secrecy. limit classification periods to 15 years. declassify everything up to 1996 immediately. strengthen FOIA and whistleblower protections. free Bradley Manning.

  1. 8 Responses to “Suggested additions to the Occupy Wall Street program”

  2. By Miko on 8 October 2011

    Regarding (m), this makes repealing laws needlessly difficult. The 75% proposal means that new laws can’t be created if 25% oppose them, but the 50% proposal means that old laws (e.g., those that were passed before (m) is implemented) can’t be repealed by 25% who oppose them. It’d be more logical to have a standard of 75% majority to pass and 25% minority to repeal.

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 8 October 2011

    Hi Miko,

    Note the wording carefully, though. I want a 75% vote of ALL legislators to pass a law, but only 50% (er, plus one) of those PRESENT to repeal one.

    I think that would go a long way toward holding the Congress more accountable. Far too many laws are passed by pluralities as it is.

    In fact, I might even add another amendment: Congress shall pass no new law without 90% of the respective house’s members physically present.

    Even so, you want to lower the repeal threshold to 25%? I’m game, but I suspect that’d be a really hard sell, and there might be smart reasons to reject it. I’m not American any more, and I think the folks in DC are a bunch of clowns anyway, but I was trying to come up with a list of demands which at least might have a snowball’s chance ;)

  4. By gilliganscorner on 12 October 2011

    Mike,

    I’d be happy if we did the following.

    If the initiation of force is IMMORAL applicable to all, everywhere, at all times, then we cannot have governments, as governments are just people, and they cannot be exempt from the principle. Else it is not a principle.

    If the initiation of force is MORAL, applicable to all, everywhere, at all times, then we *STILL* cannot have governments and governments are just people, and they cannot be exempt from the principle. This means that all can tax all. All can initiate force against the other. Put another way, there would be no distinguishing moral difference between the rulers and the ruled.

    The problem with the protesters is they are appealing as 99% to the institution that handed them over to the 1%. They don’t recognize government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.

  5. By Jim Davidson on 15 October 2011

    I like it.

  6. By Anonymous on 22 October 2011

    If you have a Twitter account, get this circulating under the #occupy hashtag.

  7. By Elaine on 9 November 2011

    In addition to ‘drug-only offenses’, I would let all the folks out of jail who have only been convicted of consensual crimes such as prostitution. The drinking age should be lowered to 18 or less. Teenagers should stop being treated like children. It pisses them off and I don’t blame them!

    The Feds threatened to take away funds for highway repair when several states didn’t raise the drinking age to 21. Very unfair law. I was allowed to drink in CT when I turned 18 in 1979 which means I’ve been drinking legally for over 32 years.

  8. By Doug B on 14 February 2012

    I got a better solution. Let’s just end government altogether.

  9. By Bill St. Clair on 29 April 2012

    Too complicated.

    1) No taxes. Of any kind. Anywhere.

    2) No living, breathing, human victim? No crime.

    3) No legislation may coerce anyone into doing anything. Any legislation that currently does that (every drug law, every gun law, every tax law, every licensing and registration law) is null and void.


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