A Simple Demand

There is a narrative currently making the rounds of news organizations that the movement calling itself ‘Occupy Wall St.’ is vague in its aims and demands. Nothing could be further from the truth – in fact, the group has clearly listed their demands on their website.

The demands read as follows:

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 eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

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 twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

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.

I was certainly relieved when I read this, up until now I thought this was yet another group of utopian left-wing radicals seeking to enact completely unreasonable and unsustainable goals through disruptive protests – as it turns out they are merely a large gathering of unruly Veruca Salt fans:

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9 Responses to A Simple Demand

  1. Justin says:

    Sounds like a shopping list of freebies.

    Free health care.
    Guaranteed wages.
    Free college education.
    And don’t tell on us if we elect to not pay our debts.

    Sounds like a bunch of marxist winners to me.

  2. Neil says:

    The more they talk the more stupid they reveal themselves to be.

  3. Nate says:

    The debt one is my favorite. Perhaps they don’t realize that these mortgages “held by the big banks”, the ones people have stopped paying, were made with the money these folks “have” (deposited) in their bank accounts.

    In essence, it seems like they are asking that their bank accounts be wiped out. I’m fine with that, just let me go make a quick withdrawal…

  4. jackhudson says:

    My favorite is one eliminating debt on the ‘entire planet’. Shouldn’t they be protesting in China?

  5. Justin says:

    Hey, when a monkey figures out he can vote himself other peoples’ bananas, he’ll never climb a tree again.

  6. BettaWrekonize says:

    No offense, but that demand list sounds like it was made from a republican (or a tea partisan, what’s the difference?) pretending to be a democrat just to make the occupy wall street ‘movement’ look worse than it already does. and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

    You’re simply linking to their forums, none of that is their ‘official’ position, it’s just a discussion on a forum.

    I think the argument that “‘Occupy Wall St.’ is vague in its aims and demands. ” is more accurate. These people don’t have a leader and they don’t have an official position and that website you link to isn’t their ‘official’ website either. I’m not sure what they expect to accomplish when they don’t even seem to know.

  7. jackhudson says:

    I agree, I was overly presumptuous in the belief that they have actual goals.

  8. BettaWrekonize says:

    If they would take on the position “Abolish Intellectual Property” Or, “Abolish all government established monopolies” I would support them 100 percent. One of the biggest, if not the biggest, problem that America has (right now) is the fact that the government establishes monopolies on almost everything. This costs many many jobs and hinders innovation. It’s what the (government established monopolized) media never talks about.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110919/17065416018/patent-trolls-cost-economy-half-trillion-dollars.shtml

    That’s the direct cost for patent trolls alone, it’s not the cost for patents entirely even. and that’s not the cost in aggregate output, the ‘cost’ in aggregate output would obviously be considerably more.

    Another example of just one sector.

    “A 1974 study by the United States Department of Transportation found that regulations restricting entry of new cabs and preventing discounting of fares cost consumers nearly $800 million annually. Moreover, removal of these restrictions would create 38,000 new jobs in the taxi industry. (1) ”

    http://www.taxi-library.org/denver01.htm

    and this is merely one industry, and that study was done in 1974 (I assume that number is considerably higher by now).

    The government establishment of monopoly power is one of the biggest problems we have right now (from taxi cab monopolies, to intellectual property, to cableco monopolies on cable infrastructure resulting in much higher cable prices for consumers and much lower Internet bandwidth at a higher price when compared to more and more countries, along with restrictive Internet caps; to USPO mailbox delivery monopolies, the list goes on and on), but it’s one that mostly ignored by the mainstream media which is why many Americans are so unaware of the problem. After all, why would the mainstream media tell you about the problems with government established cableco monopolies when in fact they benefit from these monopolies? These monopolies cost jobs, they hinder innovation, and they harm consumers.

    Instead everyone is afraid of rising crime rates, despite the fact that crime rates have been steadily falling in the last twenty+ years or so. The mainstream media is partly to blame because they condition us for this. They make us focus on non-issues while completely ignoring far more important ones. and the public too often buys into it.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2011/02/head_case.html

    Just because the mainstream media ignores an issue doesn’t make it any less important. The government establishment of monopoly power is a very important issue. It’s one that needs to be addressed.

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