I have noticed lately the Occupy Wall Street movement has been getting little or no media coverage. This is a shame because I think this movement might become very powerful. To help the cause I will list some suggestions for an ultimatum.
Demand Number One: A national health care plan for every citizen of the United States. It’s been done in Canada successfully according to my cousins who actually live there. The issue in the United States is insurance lobbyists putting profits before health care. This practice should be antiquated.
Two: Government funded education for everyone. We need an educated society if we are to compete in this age of technology and communication. The system of paying for education with real estate tax is outmoded and needs an overhaul. Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn.
Three: Strict controls on wall street. Junk mortgage derivatives and their disastrous consequences were the reason for the movement to begin with. We can’t let shady bankers and brokers control the destiny of the country let alone the world. Elliot Spitzer was on the right track his libido just made a wrong turn. It’s an enormous injustice that the very legislative bodies that should be enacting legislation for tighter controls on wall street regularly profit from blatant insider trading!
Four: Regulations that protect our environment. If you think climate change isn’t real please visit the Northwest Territories and talk to some native Americans. Before we strip mine Canada for oil sands let’s shift our energy needs to renewable resources. We have bowed to the oil companies at our own peril. Look at the debacle in the middle east. Imagine all the good that might have been done if instead of spending billions on the war in Iraq we had concentrated that money on the betterment of life for all Americans!
Humans are social creatures by nature. Some socialism is a good thing. What does it profit anyone to pillage the planet and leave little for the next generation? This is not the direction of any sane theology or philosophy I know. Whether you believe in a higher power is beside the point. Think rationally of the big picture then you’ll get it.
Quite frankly I’d like to give my children’s children an existence where people sojourn in the stars together as opposed to their subsisting on Soylent Green.
“If I have seen more it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants”. —Sir Isaac Newton
Get off the cell phone and DRIVE! —Jake Shween