Michael Moore’s Propose List Of OWS Demands
Michael Moore participated in a meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is
to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. The group drafted a "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy
Wall Street. Moore then posted a list of 10 actions that best exemplify a route for fixing the mess the nation now finds itself
10 Things We Want
A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest
Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).
2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries
when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot
be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.
3. Require that all Americans pay the
same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class
pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average
person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.
4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is
conducted by Wall Street and the banks.
5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.
6. Reorder our nation's spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars
and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools,
fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research
that improves our lives.
7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health
care system that covers all Americans all
of the time.
8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover
ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.
9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board
of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as
long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople
freaking out at this idea because you think workers can't run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has
helped to make Germany the world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)
10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way
toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:
a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely
removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving
election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth;
5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.
b) A constitutional amendment
declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This amendment should also
state that the interests of the general public and society must always come before the interests of corporations.
A constitutional amendment that will act as a "second bill of rights" as proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: that
every American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and full education, to breathe clean air, drink
clean water and eat safe food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.