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Taibbi’s List: Five Demands for OWS

Posted on Oct 14, 2011

Much has been made—including a lot of noise—about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s supposed lack of a cohesive message or handy list of bullet points to rally around, which even New York Times editors noted is somewhat beside the point. Regardless, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has come up with five action items for OWS, which he shares with Keith Olbermann in this clip from Thursday’s episode of “Countdown.”  —KA

‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’:


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By rafael ravenet, October 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Remember all the ma and pa establishments.  We need them back.  Local, local, local, I can’t think of enough different ways to say it.  How much would it cost to pick a loft/warehouse.  Outfit with vertical garden producing strawberries.  Instant 10 jobs per town of 20,000 people, figuring at least 2000 people buy 4 pints of strawberries at cut rate of $2.50 per pint of strawberries a month. 1 pint equals about 1 lb.
So 4 pints make $10.00 times 2000 people is 20,000 per month.  Now you have something to work with.  Add products, improve service, raise price, remember, vertical garden, strawberries all year. We pay 3 to 4 a pint now. right? Sell it at fair price of 12.00 per 4 pints so people can turn around and sell for more if they like.  12.00 per 4 pints 12x2000 = $24,000 divided by 10 employees is $2400.00 per month per employee.  double sales and you can use the difference for overhead, bonus, what have you.  All off 1/10 of your tiny town eating at least 4 pints of strawberries a month. Now imagine them paying current sale price, 2011 style.  Or even
bump the population of your town up to 1 million… Get the picture. Remember, seriously diminished distribution cost,seriously reduced cost of externalities (vertical gardens don’t runoff or suck up lake michigan every 2 weeks). So… Someone correct me if I am wrong on math. Also, then think of all the products people use on an average day. Local pays, how did we ever get off the model? It worked for so very long. Oversimplified, but it is just a start.  Example of how local pays.  The new American patriot creates opportunity, saves the environment, offers shortcake and secures our freedoms forever, all on one take.

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By racetoinfinity, October 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment

@shoes for industry - I like the way you think.  Good comment-good list!

I would add:  pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan and cut the defense budget and its crony corporate welfare dramatically.

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By Rafael Ravenet, October 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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Matt Taibbi is so fucking cool!  His five points are a great start.  Also, Americans need to start doing what they already are.  Work for food, clothing and shelter, share early childhood, carpool all the time gas-holes. Start setting yourself up with a sustainable skill.  We all have something we can offer.  Bicycle repair, food security (larding, revolving stock, education, food banks, soup kitchens, etc…), permanent culture (yes darling, it starts in the dirt), Cistern engineering (bet ya haven’t heard of this one in a while). Be the one that picks up all the used clothing and stockpiles it. Come on folks. Our group took a low income decorative (dead) garden and turned it into a food engine. YOU SHOULD SEE THE TOMATOES.  There is so much more. We need to bring back granny knowledge, canning, sewing, etc…, also, we need to start figuring out a way to help doctors see more patients.  And here is a big one. Ready,  Prevention.  Yes, if you are at risk, you need to soul search cause we can’t afford it anymore, the greedy guys took all the rice.

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By ElkoJohn, October 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

Nothing will change until the Big Money & their lobbyists are eliminated from
owning the government and the two major political parties.
But neither political party nor their patrons want this to happen.

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By blogdog, October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

Nationalizing the banks - best idea to surface…

anyway, nice little bagatelle with a charming young fellow who writes for a rock
and roll magazine and has been studying high finance for a few years,  but
curiously, as an ‘expert’, the 1% Wall Street Sales Tax is missing from his bullet-
point proposal

Oberman, why in hell don’t you interview someone who’s been studying global finance, not for
a few years, but for decades?

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By flaco, October 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

As long as corporate money is influencing/running elections, nothing will happen. Public financing only for elections.

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By Shoes4Industry, October 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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Common sense solutions to the economic and jobs crisis…

1. Lower the SS retirement age to 62, early retirement to age 60. Free up middle and upper management and lower positions for younger, healthier, less expensive workers.

2. Remove the cap on Social Security contributions to pay for new and future retirees.

3. Limit consumer credit interest rates to 15% max. This will reduce consumer debt and promote consumption without costing taxpayers a cent.

4. Lower the eligibility age of Medicare to zero. It’s an insurance (not a health care) program. Younger, healthier contributors will dramatically drive down cost and increase savings. Employers will be out of the health care business.

5. Rescind the Bush tax cuts immediately on those making over $250K and increase the rates on those making over $1M+ to Reagan era rates.

6. Rewrite underwater mortgages by “splitting the difference” between current market value and what is owed, (4% -30 yr. fixed) both parties take a hit, homeowners have incentive to stay and pay and banks are not stuck with vacant, non- performing assets.

7. Make all educational expenses tax deductible.

Problem solved.

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By pabelmont, October 14, 2011 at 11:10 am Link to this comment

Breaking up big banks is a terrific suggestion for OWS.

Another big OWS action to be talked about is to limit “political speech” to actual speech (people talking) and paid speech (limit the “paid” part to $5000 per year per person, total, period and ZIP for corporations.

Yet another is pay as you go wars, paid for out of cuirrent TAXES (preferably on the rich)

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By Haudenosaun, October 14, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Lol, very good EmileZ.

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By EmileZ, October 14, 2011 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

Protesters don’t understand this… we got 33 votes and that justifies our condescending additude.

We can’t entertain these fools with anything more than a symbolic show of support.

Let’s talk about people like me.

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