Demands of the 99%

Tax Wall Street for gambling with our money. Pass the financial speculation tax.

Support education. Put teachers back in classrooms and ease the crippling burden of student debt.

Keep working families in their homes. Pass a mortgage relief plan that puts the needs of homeowners above the greed of mortgage bankers.

End too big to fail. Rein in the big banks NOW and hold the people who caused the financial crisis accountable.

Fair share of taxes from the 1%. End the Bush tax cuts for the 1% and close corporate tax loopholes.

Businesses should invest in jobs. Corporations must stop sitting on their profits and start hiring again here in America.

Extend unemployment insurance. Millions of Americans are still out of work, and unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline.

End corporate control of our democracy. Abolish “corporate personhood” and restore full voting rights to real people.

Courtesy of Working America

Is this list exhaustive?  Probably not.  Feel free to add to the list of demands in our Comments or at Working America.

  2 comments for “Demands of the 99%

  1. Duane Leise
    November 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Stop the exploitation of soldiers from the lower 99% to fight the wars of the 1%.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    What makes anyone think this is just a numbers game? The moneyed elite will do virtually ANYTHING to hang onto their edge — their wealth. I’d be more concerned, if I were you, about the qualitative gaps. Think very carefully what the Republicans, particularly those in Congress, REALLY want. After all, to them unemployment insurance simply encourages people not to look for a job. And then the GOP says, get more and newer skills. Uh-uh; I can’t tell you how many folks with Master’s Degrees (and not in underwater marble stacking, mind you) have peen pink-slipped, not just since 2008 but earlier. The GOP says it wants a “smaller, more transparent government.” That does NOT include the Pentagon, which goes out and kills so that the moneyed elite can drive their Porsche SUV’s and heat their third house in Aspen. And while we’re at it, when considering “tax reform,” does anybody realize that if everything stayed just as it is now, with expiration of the Bush tax cuts and current payroll-tax reductions, the national deficit would automatically fall by $7.3 trillion (now THERE’s a number!)over the next ten years? No? That’s nearly three-fourths of the level supposedly to be sought by the “Stupor” Committee. But repealing tax cuts is the ultimate no-no, and (methinks) not just because Grover Norquist hates taxes. An intensive, top-to-bottom examination is necessary and FAST, regarding our larger unwillingness to engage our situations and not only our problems, as a community. That especially should apply to the rich, who have the most to lose in the end. They just don’t seem to realize it yet. After all, if they don’t hire and “spread” (not “SHARE”) wealth, who’s going to buy the crap they produce while they wait to sell their firms?

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