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We are going to find out in the next few months as the weather gets cold, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, if the Occupy Wall Street movement is here to stay and will be a factor in 2012. Or will it fade out like other social democratic movements in the past. Especially that were dominated by young people. As they got older, finished school, went to work, got married, had kids, etc, became part of the economic establishment they claimed to be against. For OWS and I know I've blogged about this a lot lately and said this a lot before, but for them to become something and to effect the 2012 elections, which I'm assuming is their goal, to bring what they call Progressive Change (or Socialist Change) to America, which I'm assuming they are for, they have to be for something, they have to lay out what they say Progressive Change is. It's obvious what they are against. Wall Street, corporations, lobbyists, our campaign finance system.
Perhaps even profit motive and American capitalism all together, the Tea Party, the Republican Party, Perhaps even the Democratic Party. Which as a Democrat myself I hope they are against us. Because maybe that will get them to take a hike and form their own social democratic/Socialist Party. Which I believe is possible because the Democratic Socialist Party and the Green Party, both socialist parties are clearly involved in this movement. But for them to be a factor and to effect the 2012 general elections they also have to be for something as well to get people to vote for their candidates. To tell people vote for A and they'll support this, etc. From what I see so far and have seen in the media for the most part, is that Occupy Wall Street looks like a three-stage movement. This is what they are against, which I believe is pretty obvious. Next stage will be about recruiting their so-called progressive candidates, who will obviously support this movement.
But recruit candidates who'll also be for whatever alternative agenda they develop if they develop one at all. Their "Pledge to America" so to speak. And their third stage will be their agenda. What I've heard so far, they want to roll back both the Bush and Reagan tax cuts. And perhaps even the Kennedy tax cuts and go to an income tax system with the bottom tax rate starting at 20-25% and going up to 70-90%. Which what it was in the 1950s. Good luck passing that and making that law. Telling someone who is making 50K$ a year lets say a teacher with a spouse and a couple of kids, who is currently paying 10% that they are going to get a 100% Tax Hike. And then use this new tax revenue to finance universal health care and health insurance, universal higher education, Debt forgiveness, infrastructure investment, national banking system, etc. But at least they would have an agenda that they could try to sell and recruit new members.
The Tea Party when it started out in late 2008-09 started off as a reactionary movement to bailouts, deficit spending, high debt, against socialized health care, etc. And by the time 2010 came around they were still against those things, but had their own alternative agenda to offer as well. What became the Pledge to America that the House Republican Leadership developed. Balance budget, balanced budget amendment, entitlement reform, tax reform, etc. And that's how they were able to recruit so many members and candidates who became members of Congress. Because they had something they could sell to voters. Whatever OWS becomes they'll start with a much smaller territory to start with, because they tend to be anti-business and anti-wealth. And represent a lot of if not mostly political activists instead of people who know how to raise money and financially back their movement. Whatever you think of the Tea Party they were able to raise money, because they have a coalition of Caucasian working-class Americans and wealthy people who raise money for their movement.