Occupy Wall Street

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Progressive tax structures are not about punishing the rich. They are a recognition that wealthy people – like everyone else – derive benefits from being in society. Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Oprah, for example, got rich because people buy […]

Monday, Sept. 17, was the First Anniversary of the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. The protesters at Occupy are/were demonstrating against the current economic system and to make “Fracking” illegal.  (See “Stop Spectra: Resist Fracking in NYC” or “City Limits, Occupy Wall Street, Opposes Fracking“) Energy Policy and Economics … the intersection of energy and economics […]

“Not for profit, not for charity, but for service.” – Credit Union motto “The National Bank at a profit sells road maps for the soul to the old folks home and the college.” –   Bob Dylan, “Tombstone Blues” Back in 2010, over 9,000 credit unions in the United States had over $500 Billion in deposits. […]

| | Tweet |NYPD Shield, NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, Terrorism Threat Analysis Group, “Countering Terrorism Through Information Sharing” sent me an email: RE: NYPD SHIELD – Plans for All-Day “Mass Non-Violent Direct Action” On November 17th, 2011 Demonstrations are scheduled to take place in multiple locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City on Thursday, […]

| | Tweet |  In ending the camp-out phase of Occupy Wall Street, Mayor Brookfield and Judge Stallman did the Occupy movement a favor.  The Occupiers can claim victory. Now they can focus on delivering the message – Economic Democracy – We must build sustainable economic systems which recognize that Earth is a stakeholder, that […]

| | Tweet | In “Wanted: Worldly Philosophers,” Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman say:|”IT’S become commonplace to criticize the “Occupy” movement for failing to offer an alternative vision. But the thousands of activists in the streets of New York and London aren’t the only ones lacking perspective: economists, to whom we might expect to turn […]

  Tweet On Nov 2, 2011, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico introduced a Constitutional Amendment that would overturn the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court (Technorati / WSJ). The managers of Bank of America, who accepted $45 billion in TARP money, and decided to pay back its customers with a $5 per month […]

_ Tweet  Monday’s NY Times leads with a story on arrests of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in Denver and Nashville.  I don’t understand how can we give corporations free speech, yet deny people the right to assembly. On the Op-Ed page, Friedman gets it right in Did You Hear The One About The Bankers, Douthat […]

TAX THE WEALTHY & EVERYONE ELSE – We’re All In This Together IMPUESTO SOBRE LOS RICOS Y TODOS LOS DEMÁS – Estamos Todos Juntos en Es to  / Tweet / Zuccotti / MP3 

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Progressive tax structures are not about punishing the rich. They are a recognition that wealthy people derive benefits from being in society. Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Oprah, for example, got rich because people buy their products or watched them […]

_ Tweet  Sometimes the “Invisible Hand” shoots itself in its “Invisible Foot.” I’m here and most of us are here because we see dramatic inequities in the system.  We play by the rules.  The banksters are playing Three Card Monte and we are captive players – marks – in the game. They’ve marked the cards […]

_ Tweet  The Supreme Court, in “Citizens United (against the citizens)”  said, as Gov. Romney put it “Corporations are people, my friend.” The people at “Occupy Wall Street” say, “I’ll agree that ‘Corporations are people’ when the government executes one.” and “If a Corporation is a person then why isn’t it murder to declare bankruptcy? […]