As the Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the globe while gathering
public support, a persistent question is “What are you asking for?”
Given that underlying this movement is a sense of fairness that what people value
most should be better distributed, I modestly offer this simple idea:
Education for All, including Tutors for All
Health Care for All
Housing for All
Jobs for All
In future blogs, I will offer ideas about how to provide Health Care for All, Housing for All, and Jobs for All.
Speaking of 9’s – instead of Herman Cain’s 9 Zero 9, I suggest adding another zero to his first “9”
to make it 90% for earnings above five million dollars. This would not be an all-time high as it
was 94 % on taxable income over $200,000 ($2.5 million in today’s dollars during
World War II), which was another time of crisis. This would help pay for Health Care
for All, Housing for All, and Jobs for All.
For more information about the need for a progressive tax, take a look at Robert Reich’s
recent blog entitled The Flat-Tax Fraud, and the Necessity of a Truly Progressive Tax.
Comments on the substance of the blogs are welcome. If you have other questions, please contact me directly for a consulting appointment.
I think this is incredibly naïve. The fundamental problem we are facing is that a centralized system is *not* the answer. Mandatory education was created by the Rockefeller NEA to produce a nation of workers (and thus increase his paranoia for more profits at all costs). Jobs are nothing more than enslavement to corporations that turn us into a nation of cowards. Nationalized healthcare (based on the pharmaceutical-driven AMA) has been demonizing true healing — i.e., that which goes deeper than the highly profitable treatment o symptoms — since the AMA was developed.
Yes — health, homes, wisdom and prosperity are are things we would like all people to have. But they are not rights — and to whine for them is to bring about a totalitarian communist state.
At the core, we need a spiritual revolution — the return to a culture and way of life based on HEART (courage, connection, and the wisdom that knows we all will die) and not on MIND (fear, cunning, cowardice, and seeking of personal advantage at all costs).
Bill, first, thank you for responding to my blog and I’m glad we agree that everyone wants health, homes, wisdom and prosperity, as they are the foundation of our republic and a democratic way of life. I also agree we don’t want a totalitarian state, which is one reason we founded Let’s Live Local and have written about self-employment since 1980, as a greater degree of control over our lives as destinies. In future blogs, I will spell out how I think we can accomplish a greater amount of health care, employment, education, and housing. Some of the ideas may surprise you. As for a spiritual revolution – how about “self-realization for all:? It was suggested by someone else who read this blog.
Sarah Edwards says
I too agree that health, homes, wisdom and prosperity are the foundation of our republic and a democratic way of life. I also agree that whining for them nor a centralized effort are productive routes to achieving them. But I don’t think setting them as personal and public priorities is naive. Attaining them in our local communities is not only eminently possible but essential for our future. I hope we can include many examples of how this is already happening across the country through personal effort and community movements like Transition. I see and read examples regularly and, of course, this is what Let’s Live Local is working for here in our own community.
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