March 5, 2012

SDS and OWS


Per an article in the New Your Times comparing Occupy Wall Street to the Students For a Democratic Society;

"Kalle Lasn was 20 in 1962. Today, he is the editor of Adbusters, whose Twitter tag #OccupyWallStreet branded the movement last summer. He does not feel the Occupy movement needs to look to the Port Huron statement for guidance. “If you ask me what is the most powerful, personal and collective feeling of people in the Occupy movement, it is a feeling of gloom and doom, that they’re looking toward a black hole future,” Mr. Lasn said. “I’m not quite sure we need a manifesto to say that.”" Sam Roberts, New Yourk Times, March 5, 2011

The difference between the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is SDS marched and took action. So far, OWS has marched, but has taken no action. Much of the action taken by SDS was violent and I did not, nor do I now, condone violent action. They also had a purpose of convincing this country to get out of Viet Nam and forcing the nation to better take care of the needs and wants of the people.

If OWS is going to make any progress, they must have some goals and they need a leader to coordinate the group to take the appropriate political action. They have done well so far making the country aware of our income disparity, which is not sustainable. Now they need to find an Alan Simpson type leader to solidify the group so it can develop sound goals and an action plan to make it happen.

Please note I am not advocating the objectives of OWS come from this high profile leader. I am advocating the leader makes sure that solid objectives are agreed to.

1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
3. Bring Our Deficit under Control and amend tax code!

The above are long-term goals that will eventually bring more equally to the economy. The above goals will not be accomplished overnight and we need to do something that will bring the unemployment rate down now. A good start is President Obama's jobs bill with some modifications brought about by sound ideas brought about by members of Congress and the Senate.

The purpose of a jobs bill, or any stimulus package, is not to directly create jobs that will be long lasting. Instead, its purpose is to create temporary jobs that will increase demand for goods and services. This in turn will create an atmosphere where the private sector will create jobs to meet the new demand created by the stimulus. Businesses will add to their work force because their profits will increase because they can sell more products. More: http://goo.gl/yFYDb

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